With the ability to magically move from casual cool to effortlessly glam in the blink of an eye (and a swift switch of accessories), the versatile maxi dress has had us smitten for several summer seasons. When it comes to this Wardrobe Hero, one thing’s for sure: the maxi dress is going nowhere.
Initially popular in the swinging ‘60s, the maxi dress represented a rebellion against the popular mini-skirt; a hemline revolution largely appropriated by those fantastically folksy, free-spirited hippies. While the modern maxi can take on a range of guises to suit every event in a girl’s summer calendar, this ankle-grazer hasn’t lost any of its easy-breezy appeal. In fact, it’s probably its laidback nature which makes the maxi such a must-have during the free and easy summer months. Great for beach, bar and just about everything in between, we take a look at three ways to wear one of our favourite maxis of the season, taken straight from our fabulous Look! Magazine collection.
Go back to the maxi’s roots and channel your inner hippy chick by teaming your maxi with a throwback denim jacket and tan boho accessories.
Spring is more than just a speck on the horizon and that means a shift from miserable winter downpours to…errr…slightly less miserable April showers. For a cover-up that will see you through the warmer part of winter, those pesky spring showers AND onto cool summer nights, look no further than the trusty parka…
Rooted in the swinging ‘60s, the classic parka takes on a thicker, fur-trimmed guise throughout Autumn/Winter but strips back the insulation for a lighter, showerproof look come spring. It’s the latter that we’ve crowned this week’s worthy Wardrobe Hero, thanks to its smooth combination of practicality, versatility and style. Unquestionably casual, this is a coat that works best thrown over laidback separates but, with a few clever choices, can work wonderfully with a slightly more dressed-up look. We’ve taken a parka jacket from our SS14 collection and (using each of the colour options available) created three very different but very gorgeous looks…
Wear me…when it’s chilly
When it’s time to say a fond farewell to your winter coat, you can rely on the parka to provide warmth, protection from light showers and some serious style points. We’ve paired this parka with a fluffy knit and snood to keep you toasty, while the bucket bag and brogues add a dash of androgynous flair.
While we can’t tell you what the weather will be doing next week (though we’ll take a wild guess at rain), we can predict the fab fashions that we’ll all be wearing next season. So join us as we gaze into the not-too-distant-future and forecast what 2014’s wardrobe will look like…
Along with slightly more hair-friendly weather (please!), our crystal ball tells us that spring will bring some very exciting new trends, one or two fresh takes on last year’s looks, and a sprinkling of seasonal style favourites (we’re looking at you, florals). First up…
‘50s femininity takes the reigns with this soft, sugary trend in sweet sorbet shades. Saccharine from the outset, this look is not without its sex appeal thanks to form flaunting lines.
Pick from the pastel palette, choose shapes that follow your curves and anchor the look with key denim pieces.
Get ready girls, the summer sun is here, it’s the perfect time to don that pretty strapless dress and that gorgeous low back top. We love getting dressed for the sun but understand how annoying it can be when you can’t find the right underwear to fit. Bra straps just don’t cut it when we want to bare our shoulders.
So forget the tan lines, here at Simply Be we’ll show you how to work that summer wardrobe with our range of strapless and versatile underwear.
Boho chic is a great and easy to wear style anyone can pull off. Check out this gorgeous Simply Be print maxi dress, available in sizes 14 – 32. Team this look with the amazing Ultimate Strapless Wonderbra. Its hand-shaped structure helps to lift the weight of the bust and gives extra support, we’ve knocked £10 off and now it’s only £24.
If you’ve got a dress with a bit more cleavage, then the Panache Zara multiway bra is for you. Hide your bra under those cute and sassy plunging necklines. Alternatively you can transform it to suit strapless or racer back styles. So ladies, now is the time to hide away your bra not your cleavage!