Frocks not to wear

Summer dressing can often be so much easier than winter. Its can be less fashion focus and we are more inclined to throw on dresses that have seen many summers. Sometimes, just adding a new pair of shoes can upgrade an old frock.. (my Zara leather slides for me this year)

But what seemed like a fabulous dress 3 years ago, may just not work this season. Particularly when the midi overrides the mini this year and covering up is so much more stylish.

Dresses may have looked pretty or funky but actually on our maturer selves can look a bit wrong. 

We've witnessed a scorcher of a summer and as a result,  we've witnessed many individuals 'throwing on' their old summer dresses from 2003 and not really analysing whether they look good.

Certain body parts revealed and the overall look is ruined even if the dress still fits.

Truthful trying on is fundamental to looking good each summer -  particularly as we age (says the nearly 44 year old!).  Even if the dress fits, consider the style, shape and colour.  However many trips to the gym, we need to wear the frock to suit our lifestyle now and not 5 years ago.

Frocks I will never wear again


Fit & Flare

too short emphasises tummy


Tribal Mini

Too much flesh!


Too Fussy

Floral, Embroidery, Frilly is too youthful


Tube & Strapless

Not practical

Jersey and Stretchy

Too Short, rides up 


Strapless & Flare

Too difficult to wear

Rule of thumb. Only show one part of your body off.

Frocks to avoid

spaghetti straps

French Connection £50

French Connection £50

Even on slim women, skin under the arm pit becomes softer so spaghetti halter neck dresses reveal everything. They are also really hard to wear a bra with.  If this happens say good bye. I've a few dress that fit perfectly on the body but not on the side of the bust. Bust back and side overhangs are a no go!

Reiss £110 

Reiss £110 

Fit & Flare

I was in Reiss recently and a shapely lady in her 50's was given a fit and flare above the knee dress to try on for a business event. I found it very difficult not to give my opinion! Fit and flare is a very youthful style and above the knee feels too short this season.

Too short too tight

This Whistles dress looks dated. If you do want to show your legs, have some coverage on the arms/shoulders and wear a lower heeled shoe.

New Look £22.99

New Look £22.99

The denim tie dress is fabulous but a tricky one to wear with a bra. Be truthful with yourself and only wear if you are really confident with your tummy and shoulders.

Zara £29.99

Zara £29.99

Whistles £99

Whistles £99

frocks I am wearing this summer


Preen for Debenhams

If I wear floral, the colours are now more dramatic and bold and have an edgy mix of prints.

This stretchy jersey dress looks smarter with a blazer worn over it.


La Redoute

I love utility style dresses and these button down cotton dresses have been fabulous for work and weekend. 


La Redoute 


Mango (old)

For shoulders:  An off the shoulder style rather than spaghetti straps or halter neck.


Anthropologie sale

My Anthropologie dress is so pretty and comfortable to wear in a very think fabric. The pattern is flattering and I love the v neck at the front. 


Deadly  is the Female. This 50's style dress is very structured on the bust and covers the knee so flows better.


H&M Maxi. A fuller longer style but it is slightly sheer revealing a slip underneath so still flattering.



This jumpsuit from Zara looks like a dress. An effortless look for the evening worn with gold accessories. 

Frocks to buy now

Grown up girly

longer length, v neckline, sleeves. Wear with flat mules or giant trainers

Utility style button down

Love these button down dresses. Fabulous for office or the weekend.


Spotty dresses are fuller in length, perfect for the office with a blazer or at a party.


Sleeves, ruffles, long length with dramatic prints