Your Summer Fashion Questions – Answered

November 8, 2011

The fashion experts at WILL HOPE LOVE have answered all your summer fashion dilemmas.

1. What can I wear to a summer wedding for under $200?

It’s wedding season, which means a packed calendar and many dresses to be sourced, so sticking to a price point can be wise. Try these:

Perfect for a classic black-tie wedding, this elegant black and white style features a dramatic ruffle collar and fitted design to create extra drama. Style this dress with a sophisticated up-do, bold lips and a statement shoe for maximum impact.

Ruffle Collar Dress, $189.95.

A summer garden wedding is all about uplifting colour and lively prints as captured in this silhouette print shift. Accessorise with a glam hair piece and wedges (grass sinking heels are a no-no!) for a stunning look. Oh and don’t forget the sunscreen.
Silhouette Print Dress, $179.95.

2. What’s a great office Christmas party dress?

I suggest going all out for the Christmas party, this is definitely a time to overdress rather than underdress. Just make sure you consider the location and event theme: this will dictate your look and you’ll be creating a good impression.?

?For an exclusive event one needs an exclusive look, go for something bold, elegant and dramatic like this chiffon one shoulder gown, I love that the chiffon layers allow you to show off a little skin while remaining quiet demure.

Flowing One Shoulder Gown, $499.95

Dance the night away in relaxed glamour! This slit sleeve all over sequence dress ad’s glamour and drama to your look without looking like a Christmas tree. The relaxed an effortless shape creates that I just stepped away from my desk and look this fabulous appearance we all want.??

Sequence Dress, $299.95.

For a day time event go for a ladylike look in this lace bateau neck dress, the short length is a little cheeky but balanced out by the ¾ length sleeves.

Lace Dress, $199.95.

3. I have big boobs and need a few summer outfits that flatter me. Any suggestions?

The first place to start dressing big boobs is with the right underwear. Make sure you get fitted and have in your collection a range of great fitting bras, from seamless to a converter. This will open up a lot more styles. Also look for well-made dresses with thick straps and contoured busts, these will add support.

With this sorted find a celebrity icon with your body shape that dose a good job of making the most of their assets and take their lead.

Scarlett Johansson

The newest glamour icon of them all is only in her twenties but she knows everything there is to know about dressing up her cleavage. Scarlett enhances her curves with a retro influence that is always waisted, showing a little cleavage and fuller skirts to balance out her shape.

Belted Dress, $499.95.


Kim Kardashian

?Showing that confidence it key to dressing your curves, Kim make no excuses for her shape with frequently maximising her assets with fitted bustier styles. To create this look in the real world go for dark colour with a touch of embellishment and always flaunt your waist.??

Jewelled Neck Dress, $289.95.

Sophia Loren

?Sophia is one of the most beautiful Italian actresses. In her 60’s, she’s still sexy and shows off her impressive cleavage, always adding glamour and knowing the importance of not going too far she is a style icon. Get her look with this black (not the dark colour minimises the bust) gown featuring a glam broach and front spilt.
Broach Gown, $289.95.

4. I’m pear-shape – what are some great dresses for my figure?

Being pear-shape isn’t just narrow shoulders and large hips; it’s also a flat tummy and skinny arms! The most important thing when styling yourself is to know your strengths – once you know these you can shop for styles to enhance your beautiful and feminine curves. Here are my picks for working a pear-shape:

Angels are your savior, like this stunning asymmetrical one shoulder dress with a beautiful draped skirt, they are perfect for taking the focus away from your hips and drawing the eye to your neckline. Note neckline and skirt both create a diagonal line, narrowing and lengthening the body.

One Shoulder Gown,, $349.95.

Another great way of balancing out a pear-shape is to look for two tone dress, aim for a lighter colour on top and a darker colour on bottom. I love this style because the beaded and vertical v-neck really draw the eye up, it also has a perfect length finishing just below the knee to show off skinny ankles and calves.

Beaded layer Dress, $289.95.

Really make an impact with bustier styles like this prom-style party dress. The full a-line skirts in a stiff mesh fabric offsets the width of your hips, the cinched in waist and fitter bustier then show off your slender top.

Belted Bustier Dress, $359.95.

5. I always wear black but want to try wearing colour this summer. What can you recommend?

If there was ever a season to embrace colour, then this summer is it. Bold colours are currently painting the town, pink, red, blue and green – the bolder and more colour clashing the better. Although this is not a look for someone new to colour so I suggest you ease yourself into with one of these stunning dresses. ?Ang if these are still a little too much try adding a pop of colour to your favourite LBD with a bold clutch, pump or coloured accessories. Once to try you will never go back!

?Ease into colour with a navy classic; it’s only a few shades away from your safety zone and is a great way to build your confidence and graduate into a rainbow of colour!

Stretch Satin Dress, $189.95.


So you’re comfortable in the natural zone, time to take it up a level and dive into prints, try one link this peacock print that uses a base of soft colors with bright highlights. Get ready for a a wave of compliments that will make you want to bust out in even more colour.

Silk Cocktail Dress, $289.95.


Feeling colour-tasic your now ready to embrace a pop color, I suggest you keep pushing your boundaries and put it all out there in a block color dress, like this aqua banded style; team with clashing bold hot pink accessories and you’ll be graduating from black in true color-popping style.

Block Colour Banded Dress, $199.95.

Which is your favourite dress?

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