When else can you wear a white dress than in the summer? Wedding day – tick. But it’s not like a little white number is a go-to during the winter season and that’s exactly why I always gravitate towards them during the warmer months. Even with our bipolar Blighty climate, beach or no beach, reaching for a white dress just makes good summer sense in my eyes. Plus, it’s one of those feel-good buys you’ll get a real kick from when you pop it on.

I’ve found a winner in this River Island style. It’s got that easy bohemian flair I love, but with the extra coverage of long sleeves turning it from holiday-only into one of those items I can wear to a meeting, happily walk into a smart hotel lobby in and even smarten up for a dinner date. On a day when there’s showers forecast, just layer a leather jacket on top and add a neat pair of Vans. Take that, summer storms.

There’s a really high level of detail in this design too, making it really stand out from all of the other white dresses out there. With full-scale embroidery to the front, statement bell cuffs and lace up sleeves, it’s far from a flimsy white frock. It’s also available in dusty pink and black.

Another trick for this time of the year when the sales descend and the shops are looking all together a little bit messy, is to zone in on some really good accessories that’ll create instant impact for minimum cost. There’s still new, full price lines dropping, all with the punch needed to see out your summer wardrobe in style. These pink marble and flash lens sunnies are new in at Asos and a real steal at £12. While New Look’s £19.99 black strap mules add an injection of fun via a smattering of bold yet dainty pearl studs.

Go forth and embrace the little white frock!

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