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How to dress for the office in summer

Dressing for the office can often be tricky, especially during the unpredictable British summer months. One moment it’s pouring with rain, the next a hot Indian heatwave. As tempting as it is to turn up in yeah comfy shorts and flip flops or on those colder days jeans and a slouchy jumper…don’t! Think again. There are just a few key things to remember when putting together your work wardrobe and of course learning to resist the urge not too care first thing in the morning. We sympathise. Honestly, deciding on how to dress for the office doesn’t have to be as tricky as we first thought. 

1. The Fit

Less is more! This could not be more true, especially when you need to dress for the office. Remember that although we want to look good, comfort here is key when you are sitting in front of a computer for hours on end.

loose fitting – flowing silhouettes – minimal – Scandinavian Chic

The perfect fit work dresses

Karen Millen £ 145.00 Alice & UO Half Moon Now £ 18.00 Label Lab Now £ 20.50

2. The Fabric

Good fabrics to choose are natural fabrics such as, wool, linen, cotton and silk or a mixture of these. You may end up spending slightly more…but trust us if you invest in good quality fabrics then not only will they last longer but they will keep you cool when it’s hot out and keep you warm when it’s cold out. There is a reason why they are more expensive!

Natural fabrics – no man made funny business – cotton – silk – wool – linen

3. Layers

the perfect cover up  for the office dress

Whistles Layered Silk and Knit Jumper £130.00 Cape Swing Cape £30.00 Sisley Cardigan £37.00

Think layers, lots of thin layers that can easily be removed if you get too hot. The beautiful thing about layers is as well, is that you can add and take off depending on the weather, temperature in the office and still feel comfortable. By adding a high neck jumper you can give your outfit a  more preppy look, just as a cute cardigan with lace trim (such as the one above) can give an elegant yet girly edge.

The Layers Wish list – a cute camisole – a sheer cardigan – a chunkier jumper – a elegant scarf

4. Opt for a Denim jacket. Suede and Leather are a no-go.

For that perfect after-office chilled look or casual Fridays add a denim jacket. Combined with your cute dress this will create the perfect outfit to pop to the pub garden for after work drinks. For those cooler nights why not try adding a poncho or cape style cover -up.

5. Choose a neutral palette as your canvas

Dress for the office in neutral colours. If you choose your work wardrobe based on neutral tones, this will make it a lot easier to dress for the office and therefore far easier to mix and match. Taking the stress out of getting dressed in the morning. You could even try laying out your outfit the night before, saving those precious morning minutes.

The perfect base colours for your outfit – Navy, Grey, White, Black, Tan

– for example if you choose a cream blouse, then this can easily be replaced with a cream cami or a cream chunky knit or t-shirt depending on the weather. Sound good? Yeah, we thought so too!

The perfect colours for your accessories – red, purple, turquoise, yellow

Simply work on your outfit with accessories. This is an easy way to transform any outfit and if you use bold but complimentary colours that will highlight your outfit and take your look from day to night, smart to casual. By keeping your work wardrobe neutral and your accessories bold, you can have a lot more fun with investing in key season pieces that will always compliment your look.

The perfect fit & shade

Ray-Ban ERIKA Sunglasses £100.00 Tommy Hilfiger Now £73.50 Red Quay Sunglasses £36.00 Yellow Handbag £105.00



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What To Wear To The Races

What to wear to The Races

That time of the year is here again, summer is upon us, the sun is shining, hopefully…place your bets now. But the question still remains, “What to wear to The Races?”. Here at MyDress we can’t deny that we love an excuse to get glammed up and slip on our summer dresses, show a little leg and well get out in that summer sun. The Races is a great excuse to do just that, embrace everything about it, get your “hair did”, “nails did” and get your hands on that perfect dress.

Here in the UK we have a huge amount of Races going on all the way through the spring and summer and at different races courses, all different in event style. So, it’s important to dress accordingly. Don’t freak out, we are here to help with that part…

Essential Tips: What to wear to the races? 

Take a handbag that’s big enough to put your race cards, tickets, lippy and sunglasses in. But not so big that it gets in the way. Perhaps a bag that can be worn over the body is a savvy choice.

Wear heels BUT not too crazy high

There is a lot of walking involved and Lingfield Races even have a concert after and you’ll be wanting to dance. Take a small pair of pumps is also an option or wedges could be wise choice.

Take a jacket or coat that is has beautiful as your dress.

The reason? Well, although we all have our fingers crossed for gorgeous sunshine the whole summer through…it might not happen…and so this way, if your coat is flattering, then you will look fab the whole day and there’s no need to freeze! Good options are tie-waist coats, such as a trench coat style or a classic evening coat with rounded, soft shoulders. You could also opt for a more structured blazer to add some definition to your outfit.

Do I have to wear a hat or a headpiece?

No, it is not compulsory to wear a hat to certain race course. But, saying that, for Ladies Day you must wear a hat!! Check out The Hat Club London for tips and yes…rules on this extravagant occasion.

It could be handy to check out the main events going on (for all you fair weather racegoers). One of the biggest events that combines the races and fashion is, of course, Ascot “Ladies Day”.

 Ladies Day at Royal Ascot

This has to be one of the biggest events in our social and racing calendar and if it isn’t in yours yet, then it should be! Pencil it in, right now, we’ll wait.

If you want to make an impression at Ladies day, you have to think a outside the box and you absolutely must wear a hat or some kind of spectacular head piece, like these racegoers did…here are some of the weird, the wonderful and the actually quite crazy hats last year’s Ladies Day saw.

Unfortunately in recent years, some racegoers have turned up in novelty outfits and fancy dress and slightly taken “the need to make a statement” to the max and not in the way Ladies day was intended for. This means that the organisers have now set some fashion rules, so it might be helpful therefore to check out the guidelines.

The Classic Race Day Dress

Some great brands for more classic dresses are; Karen Millen, Elise Ryan and Ted Baker, which has some great printed dresses.

What Dress to wear?

Please, please, please make sure that you check the dress code on the race course site. Some race events are more casual and will allow strapless or spaghetti strap dresses. BUT some, such as, Ascot, will not! To avoid disappointment make sure you check the guidelines before buying your dress.

What to wear to The Races

When choosing the colour of your perfect Race Day Dress, decide on what look you are going for. This is one occasion were you really can have fun with the “matchy matchy” cliche of times gone by. Shopping for your perfect race outfit is similar to shopping for a wedding, except you don’t have to worry about outshining the bride.


The weather is ever changing here in the UK, so think about layers or Maxi dresses

Where you will be…in a private box or walking around? Think about your shoes and your poor feet!

Hair (and again the weather) BE PREPARED

Last thing…promise!

Enjoy yourself! Don’t panic too much on what to wear to the races. Nothing will go better with your stunning outfit than a smile (cheesy as it sounds!)









Categories: Events, Shopping inspiration, Tips

Why White’s Alright: White Dresses

All White Dress Trend

Ok, so we saw it on the catwalks, then we saw it filter it’s way majestically into the shops and now everyone is obsessed by the new “All white” trend and why’s that? Because “White’s alright!”. In fact more than all white…I mean right. But how? Surely white is impractical, especially when dressed head to toe in it? Well, think again…white is fresh, on-trend and when done well, it is more than alright! So…it’s time to meet THE dresses…

The White Prom dress

White Prom Dresses

Yes, you heard us right! The White Prom dress is now the must-have dress for young girls everywhere. Why? It’s fresh, young and will set off your summer tan perfectly.

The White Bridesmaid dress

White Bridesmaid Dresses

A few years ago this trend was unthinkable (a total fashion faux pas!), but now, women all over the country want their wedding whiter than white.

The White Maxi dress

White Maxi Dresses

What could be more glamorous and feminine than the white maxi dress. This style is classic, elegant and perfect for those summer evenings when teamed with a kaftan cover-up or denim jacket. Perfection.

Tip: We are loving this gorgeous white maxi from webshop Apricot for only £ 15!

The White Shirt dress

White Shirt Dresses

The White Shirt dress is the ideal choice for spring summer. Team it with delicate sling-backs (that’s right ladies, their back and better than ever!), ballerina pumps or chunky sandals for a more statement look.

Tip: Check out this great summery little number at Boden and it’s linen, perfect for your spring summer wardrobe!

It’ll be ALL WHITE in the end…

Get the All White look with Zalando

Bruno Premi Sandals £ 100, Even & Odd Wallet £ 11,70, Damir Doma Dress in white £ 146,25

Perhaps now you are ready to take on the trend, full throttle? Go on, be brave and embrace “All that is White and All that is White NOW” (excuse the pun). We are loving all the white goodies that one of our webshops, Zalando has to offer AND we are sure you will too…so click on the links (above) and off you pop!

So where can you get the look? Well that’s simple, either go to our White Dresses page (and we have sorted all the best white dresses for you to choose from) AND don’t forget you can filter by style as well, just use the handy filter tool at the top of the page!


Categories: Shopping inspiration, Trends

Black Summer Dresses

Stylish Black Summer dresses

Who says black is just for the winter? Black is actually a smart choice for the summer as well. Lets face it, with all those florals and pastel shades sometimes black doesn’t get a look in. Lets change that!

The classic black dress is incredibly versatile and should be treated as such. A black dress is a great investment because it is timeless and can be worn all year round, whatever the season it can be dressed accordingly and as trends change the black dress will remain a classic. It is more than possible to create several great and totally different looks with just one black dress and this timeless little number can be worn year after year. 

So why should we all think about black summer dresses?

Although black is perfect worn by itself, it can also act as a canvas to build on. Be playful with your black dress, splash on some colour by simply adding a touch of red lippy, a pair of gorgeous sandals or perhaps a colourful clutch…the options are endless!

Add an extra something

Get the look!

– Add a great pair of statement sandals, this will totally change the look of the same dress you twinned with ballerina pumps the week before.

–  Add a bit of red lippy into the equation, for a glam evening look or “just because” you feel like it.

A black dress is understated and chic and certainly should not be overlooked. Which means it is a great option for the office, as well as those cheeky Friday after work drinks.


Keep it classic, with black heels and perfectly polished hair for a timeless elegant look that will never go out of fashion.

Reasons why we need a black dress in our wardrobes and in our lives;

– a great base to an outfit

– can be altered easily to create multiple outfits & looks

– possible to add colour with your accessories

– keep it classic with all black accessories

– add some red lippy

– chic, timeless, elegant, versatile

–  Black is always, always, always a great choice for a cocktail dress

So, that being said…I guess it’s about time to find your perfect black dress! It’s simple ladies, the LBD will never go out of fashion!

Categories: Trends