Time for a tea dress

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Well after months of moaning about the weather and being desperate for the opportunity to actually wear the summer clothes stashed at the back of the wardrobe just waiting for the rare eventuality of a sunny day, it seems that summer may FINALLY be here. Though I’m trying to be careful not to jinx it. Well, not that careful.

Enough about the weather, we’ve got an important agenda to get through today. Lets talk dresses. Summery, flowery, cheerful, girly dresses. They might come and go from the high street but if you ask me, they never go out of fashion. Come rain or shine, whether I’m talking about them or not, the tea dress always holds a special place in my heart. Tis true.

Pick the right dress and you can wear it right on into autumn with some wooly tights too.  And if you’re even more canny, you might find beauty on the sale rail over these next couple of weeks. That’s right, buying a new dress right now is an economically sensible decision. You heard it here first. Just you tell yourself that as you approach the till. And find confidence in the fact that I completely endorse your behaviour.

Wear one of these beauties in the park with a large Pimms in hand and a cream scone. Go on. I dare you.



Top row first (left to right)

Perfectly preppy in this wee collared beauty. Louche Sunday Contrast Collar Dress, NOW £20 www.joythestore.com

Knock ’em dead in this beautiful, classic print. Vaudeville & Burlesque V-Back Print Dress, £85, www.urbanoutfitters.co.uk

Get yer legs out in this Dahlia Floral Forties Tea Dress, £62, www.asos.com

Play it cool in this perfectly understated number with an amazing print. Galloping Horse Print Dress, £129, NW3 Hobbs www.hobbs.co.uk

Get your own bespoke number made from gorgeous vintage threads by Glasgow’s sewing wizard, Lottie Lou. Vintage tea dress, price according to fabric and style, Miss Lottie Lou www.facebook.com/misslottielou

The ultimate. Is it too early to start my Christmas list? Floral-print cotton mini dress, £265, Sonia by Sonia Rykiel www.net-a-porter.com.

Right. I’m ready to don a frock and let my hair down now. To the park!