Summer Event Style

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Summer balls and proms can be stressful to dress for, as occasion wear is sometimes a little tricky to get just right. You don’t want to go over the top with a full on ball gown fit for Cinderella, and you don’t want to look like your simply off to Tiger Tiger for a night out! Here I have found 5 different styles of summer ball dresses, inspired from runways of the past and fit for a range of girls fashion preferences. From retro dresses to glamorous jumpsuits, you don’t have to go for something boring and safe, instead choose something that you will feel and look amazing in, because it is not every day that you get the chance to dress up swanky, so have fun and take a look at these dresses for a little inspiration.

The Glamour Girl

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Why not try something a little different this year and opt for an on trend and comfortable jumpsuit! This ‘Break hearts’ jumpsuit from Cameo at Topshop may be a little pricey at £135, but why not just treat yourself. This open back straight leg onesie will look amazing and will most definitely help you stand out from the crowd. To add a little colour, maybe opt for bright shoes and a clutch or wear simple accessories and some bright red lippy.

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If you’re a girl who loves every thing pink, bright and fun, maybe try something that will look both pretty but a little more subtly cool. This French Connection dress, which is £150 (great place to buy understated but fashionable evening dresses) is lovely and cute, with its A-line cut and soft pink and pastel spray paint effect you will feel pretty in pink but still mature and chic.

The Floral Girl

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I absolutely love bardot cut tops and dresses because they are so flattering and I have even chosen a bardot style dress for myself this year. This off the shoulder ASOS midi bodcon dress is fab and is great if your wanting a sexy and summery look. The gorgeous shades of the dress is easy to colour co-ordinate with accessories as you could go for cream, pink or even a lilac shade of shoes and purse. At only £38 this outfit is a steal and would turn some heads at your summer event this year.

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You can never go wrong with classic styles like this dress because they always look so cool and on trend and the simplicity of them is what creates such a strong look. This beautiful White dobby lace midi dress by Miss Selfridge is great for any retro enthusiasts as its high paneled neck and sheer overlay looks clean cut and very 1950’s. I love the detail of the underlay and think it is an absolute bargain at only £49, grab it now with you’re student discounts!

The Boho Girl

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If you aren’t into the whole girly dress up style then maybe opt for something a little more earthy and downplayed with this absolutely gorgeous maxi dress from ASOS. This boho bargain is £90 and includes fabulous lace inserts and floral embroidery to create a really pretty and natural look. This would look great with some wedges or even flats if you would rather a little more comfort, and to be festival ready as well (because who wants to buy a dress and only wear it once!) include a simple head chain and some loose curls to the style.

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Topshop Unique – London Fashion Week

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The Topshop Unique show is always one of my favs because Topshop is the best highstreet shop for on trend designs and styles. This collection really focused on natural beauty and understated outfits combined with quirky accessories and fabrics such as fur handbags, scarves and feathered trims, flashes of colour coming from block heels and lush use of velvet and lace. Earthy and neutral tones were key with creams, greens, browns and beiges with the occasional splash of floral dandelion pattern print on high neck dresses and the fabulous use of baby blue use on the two piece skirt suit over a contrasting blouse (my favourite outfit of the collection!). I loved the use of vintage style inspiration which could be seen in the use of  50’s turtle necks (a trend which seems to be staying firmly in place this year), 60’s pinafore style dresses and jumpsuits and 70’s knee and calf high boots with short skirts. A trend which I noticed on the runway was the revival of the flare and bootcut styles for jeans and trousers which is a definite 70’s kickback and one which is definitely going to be seen everywhere this year, matched with a floral blouse and boots. The show gave great staple pieces of understated chic styles that anyone can take inspiration from and I am certainly looking forward to shopping these pieces soon!

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Tommy Hilfiger – New York Fashion Week

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Sports Luxe and varsity styles were the theme of the NYFW Tommy Hilfiger show this season, with tones set against each other of burgundy and navy, cream and mustard and bright blues and reds. Walking on a fake football field, really added to the feel of the show especially with the little touches of number print dresses and jumpers, lace up heeled boots and football logo jackets. A key trend found on many runways this fashion week is the use of sheer and fur materials which could also be seen on this runway, with sheer sleeves, fur jumpers coats which were layered over high neck tops worn under button up jackets. This show gave a cool and casual look with an all american feel to it which will no doubt be seen in sport luxe trends on the highstreets very soon.

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Zoe Jordan

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Zoe Jordan’s collection featured quirky jumpsuits in cutout fabrics of white leather, baggy animal print in blue and marble effect ankle skimming styles with slip-on shoes or brogues. Take a look and some of these fab, fashionable and comfy jumpsuit trends.

Alexander Wang – New York Fashion Week

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Alexander Wang gave a gothic show of studded backpacks, chunky buckled boots, zips, chain details and edgy beauty. Models sported a wet hair look with dark eyeshadow which added to the grungy theme of the show, they marched down the runway with trends of smart tailoring with ankle skimming trousers and velvet collared waistcoats over leather tops. The use of chunky buckled boots and bandage wedge sandals created a strong look which mixed perfectly with the tailored dresses and trouser suits. Large coats and jumpers with studded detail were seen on the runway with very little use of colours, instead metallics and dark shades were key with the designer making use of sportsluxe trends with the shiny zip up jacket over a sheer skirt. One of my favorite trends was the use of layering of different fabrics,  leather, sheer and velvet fabrics were used over one another creating a high fashion look with sleek and cool detail and these little details such as cut out detail on high neck dresses, padded coats and fringed hemming of skirts were one of the highlights and strongest trends in the show.

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Valentino Couture – Spring/Summer ’15

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The Valentino fashion show was a stunning concoction of historic fashion styles mixed with a modern twist of plunging necklines, sheer materials and lace fabrics. The show started with a fairytale-esque feel with intricate red and blue embroidery on short A-line dresses, with matching embroidered booties and crown braids, which created imagery of Hansel and Gretel. Dresses were gorgeous earthy tones of olives, creams, burgundies and yellows and dresses were structured with a medieval style bodice, creating curvaceous silhouettes along with floaty skirts in lightweight and sheer materials such as lace and chiffon. One of my favorite looks was the caped dress with a gold floral lacing which was worn over a straight cut pale blue skirt, which looked so elegant and intricate that it seemed simply perfection. Along with plunging necklines, there were also high necked ruffled tops and waistcoats and jackets worn over the dresses, which was a beautiful accessory to add a real chic and individual look to the already glamorous dresses. As one of my favorite designers, Valentino did not disappoint creating a showcase of innovative and carefully crafted couture gowns.

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Chanel Couture – Spring/Summer 15′

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As per, Karl Lagerfeld stunned with his beautifully original and creative runway couture show for Chanel. Creating a modern countryside chic vibe with straw hats, Chanel watering cans and faux tweed and check patterns, Chanel presented a wonderful spring and summer collection with an inspiring backdrop of petals and flower embellished outfits. With palettes of apricot, lilacs, peaches and blues the colorful pastels stunned on the runway, particularly the fabulous sequinned suits and accessories. Pairing eccentric styles such as fringed skirts and tops, padded shoulder jackets, mesh ballerina skirts and sheer long overshirts with simple black booties and black lace masks, Lagerfeld demonstrated his ability to never over do it. One of the key trends in the show was his use of croptop suits, with cut off tops and off the hip skirts in both a-line and pencil styles, this could be a new trend to watch out for.

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