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Floral Dresses: A Very British Obsession

Why are the British so obsessed with florals?

Where does the British love for everything floral come from? To me, the answer is now obvious. Chelsea Flower Show of course. As far as we can all think back florals have been a huge part of fashion and I believe will be for generations to come…

Flowers are a huge part of our culture, the ultimate symbol of femininity, elegance. Flowers appeal to our senses, the smell, the beauty, it draws something from within and inspires.

Totally and utterly obsessed!!

Britain’s biggest floral obsession is quite clearly The Chelsea Flower Show. This spectacularly extravagant event really does embody the best of that famously British flamboyancy. Hear! Hear!

Every year we await with baited breath this flower extravaganza. But why? Why, is such an event (that most countries would reserve purely for the over 60s) be so popular? Well-known T.V personalities, celebrities and even supermodels are seen parading around each year with their floral umbrellas. Admiring displays of floral art and ohhing and ahhing at the exhibition. The vivid colours, the chance to show-off, this display of beauty…flowers quite clearly go hand-in-hand with fashion, namely floral dresses. But what is so great about the Chelsea Flower Show, is that where modesty, which is often be favoured by us Brits, has gone out the window! Here it is an excuse to go all out! Why should clothes be any different…hence our love for floral dresses.

There was one photo in-particular, that we (here at MyDress) just could not get out of our heads…and that was this stunning purple gown. It evoked some dreamy fairy-tale thoughts and we became lost in the helplessly romantic need to also find our perfect purple hued floral dress. So we choose three floral dresses…

The Best of the Floral Dresses

Floral DressesJaeger Carnation Dress £ 225.00,  Closet Floral Skater Dress £ 58.00, L.K Bennett Hannah Printed Shift Dress £ 195.00

Perhaps this obsession for all things floral, this quintessential afternoon tea ideology, which everyone seems to associate with us Brits, is indeed true. If you are searching for the perfect floral dress still then it is certainly worth checking out out printed dresses page or simply search “florals” in the search bar at the top of the page and find your perfect bloom!

Other great brands that our as obsessed with floral dresses just as much are; Ted Baker, Closet and Lipsy London.

P.S Did you notice those giant Jammy Dodgers?

Categories: Events, Trends

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

Spring Summer 2015: Ted Baker

Ted Baker Dresses

Let’s talk about Ted…

Proud to be British, Ted Baker are known for taking a fresh approach to classic styles. Their key focus is on quality and attention to detail. But what we love is how they manage to inject a bit of that quirky British style into their pieces…let’s take a peak then! Now ladies it’s time to “Look like Ted”…Ok, so just to clarify, by no means do we mean that you should go put on your fluffiest onesie, that’s something else altogether ladies!

Ted Baker is not just a brand, it’s a lifestyle

We saw instagram go crazy with bloggers dressing literally head to toe or … wait for it … #TedToToe in the brand, they have chosen Ted’s finest and now it’s your turn. It’s fair to say that the collection consists of the most gorgeous array of colours, prints and patterns, that will make your heart skip a beat. It’s time to crush the idea that this look is too, well… “matchy matchy” (as your Nan may have dressed) it’s now bang on! So, here’s just a snippet of the ever more recognisable “Ted” style and although the patterns, colours and collections change, the style cleverly never seems to go out of date.

Bohemian Jewels

Ted Baker Floral DressesPaisley Toucan Tunic dress £ 139.00Window Blossom dress £ 139.00Valeena Paisley Toucan dress £ 149.00

Why do we love it? The classic, flattering cuts of the dresses mean that there is quite literally a style to suit most body shapes but with quirky patterns, bold brights, pretty florals and dreamy pastels. The collections may change but there always seems to be something that holds it all together and just…well, works.

Dreaming in  Pastels

Ted Baker Pastel ShadesEmbellished Shift dress £ 249.00Layered Shift dress £ 129.00Findon Embellished floral dress £ 199.00

Fall in love with their dreamy pastel shade dresses, that are just perfect for those summer parties and an ideal choice to wear to a wedding, so you look like the perfect wedding guest.

The Peter Pan Collar

Peter Pan Collar DressesCalana distinguishing rose dress £ 139.00Marsham Lace tunic dress £ 149.00Rainbow Waterfall Cuff dress £ 139.00

Here at MyDress we are loving the Peter Pan Collar trend and if you love it too, then, it is totally worth checking out their selection of cute mini dresses in a variety of prints and shades. With inspiration from the 60s but with a fresh modern twist, what’s there not to love!

 Stamp your style & Choose your print 

Mirrored Tropics Print DressesMirrored Tropics Midi dress £ 159.00,Mirrored Tropics dress £ 139.00 

And if you are feeling daring, girly or totally inspired, then the collection certainly has something for you. We are loving the different prints you can choose from. Each print comes in a variety of looks and styles, dresses, suits, skirts and handbags, you name it, they made it. Thanks Ted. Which means you can combine the prints with your already existing wardrobe and put your own individual stamp on it.

The Ted Baker brand is one of the fastest-growing leading lifestyle brands in the UK and now you know why! Shop the collection here today. But if you are still struggling to find that perfect printed dress then don’t forget to check out our printed dresses!

Categories: Brands

What dress to wear to a wedding?

What dress to wear to a wedding

So you have received a wedding invitation? How exciting! But dressing for a wedding is trickier than you first thought! What do you wear to someone else’s special day?

This poses quite the dilemma, you certainly can not wear white, nothing to short, nothing to drab, something special indeed, but of course not to outshine the bride herself. Now that goes without saying! You can’t go too overdressed, as not to steal the lime-light BUT you certainly can’t go underdressed. A good starting point is…to take a good hard look at the invitation – this is what you have to work with – these snippets of information are key to helping you find the perfect dress to wear to a wedding, so you can look like the perfect wedding guest.

Take note – is there a dress code or any other essential information that will aid you towards finding that perfect party dress for the “evening do” or are you invited to the wedding itself as well? Indeed this may pose as more of a challenge, if you have to find a versatile dress that is both suitable for the ceremony itself (lets face it – this is usually around lunchtime) and then again perfect for the wedding breakfast, dinner, or canapes hour but also for the evening party.

Location, location, location

This is actually a very important factor to consider when choosing your outfit. Will you be inside or braving the elements outside? Then think about your accessories working with the rest of your outfit and check that you have something to cover yourself up if its a bit nippy out, you still want to look good in the photos. Certainly if it is a beach wedding or if the climate is very hot, perhaps is it then wise to steer clear of skyscraper heels!

“Save the date”

When is the wedding? Spring, summer, come rain or shine, this is something that is worth taking into consideration. Saying that, we all know how unpredictable the British weather can be, so a solution to this, is to wear a dress with short sleeves or a bandeau style dress which you can layer a jacket or coat on top of.

Will the day involve a lot of standing around or walking? Then think about your poor feet, they are the ones that will suffer here! A solution is, to take an extra pair of ballet pumps with you or if it is going to be a hot day consider a pair of stylish sandals.

 Don’t forget to try on your whole outfit before the day!

Before the wedding day make sure you try on your dress, walk around in it, get a feel for it and check out what happens when you sit down, does it still look good? This may sound simple, but there is nothing worse than putting on your dress just before you leave and discovering it doesn’t fit, there’s a stain, it doesn’t match your shoes…(insert whatever stressful discovery you can think of here). So better to be prepared!

How well do you know them? This is something which can oh so easily be overlooked, but is worth thinking about. Do the couple have a particular style?

BUT even if the couple have a particular or alternative style, it is after all their wedding day after all, so certainly some stops will be pulled out and therefore this idea of the couples “style” is more a suggestion to keep in mind. It won’t be a totally casual affair unless they say so! But no jeans..again…unless they say so.

Black tie, white tie…what?!

This is something to really consider and it can make this task a little easier for you. But if it doesn’t and you’re still not sure then there is no shame in asking around. Black tie is not as formal as White tie, but men are expected to wear a suit and nowadays this is can be funked up a bit with a waistcoat or a skinny tie.

And what does that mean for us ladies? Think along the lines of cocktail dresses, party dresses, around knee-length (as a rough guide) is a good option.

If the dress code is White tie and this is the most formal dress code. Then the men are expected to “tux n tails it” and us ladies need to think about more formal evening dresses and depending on the couple’s style it is even a possibility to look at prom style dresses, especially for the evening do.

dress to wear to a wedding

To help you on your way we have gathered a selection of gorgeous dresses for weddings…nice ‘ehy! We can always rely on Ted Baker for gorgeous floral prints, Elise Ryan for classic chic and Coast for elegance.


So what are the Do’s & Don’ts for a dress to wear to a wedding?


– think about your choice of colour, wear a colour that compliments the bridal party and does not clash with it!
– stick to the dress code.
– pack your spare pumps or flats.
– take spare tights in your handbag just in case you get a ladder, best to be prepared.


– wear the same colour as the bridal party.
– don’t wear white, if you’re doubting if your dress is white, then it is, so don’t wear it.
– too short dresses are a no go.
– too high heels, so that you can’t even walk, let alone dance in.
– go too sexy, this is a big faux pas at a wedding. You don’t want to be “that” girl.
– Jeans are a definite no no

Take a look at what dresses for weddings we have found, but if you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for there, then take a look at another category that might suit, such as, party dresses, evening dresses or even summer dresses.

Categories: Tips