Everyone needs a statement dress for the summer season, and bold prints are definitely the trend to watch out for in 2013. With designers looking at digital prints, bright florals and super stripes, never before has there been such a choice of patterns, textures and styles.
A top quality statement dress, cut in a classic style with an on-trend print can see you through many occasions, and last for years to come. So whether you prefer muted and summery shades, or big bold colours in outrageous designs, check out our selection of the hottest posh printed frocks for this summer.
Erdem – Lily embroidered cotton-blend lace dress – £3,220
We love Erdem at Shoppersbase, and the Canadian designer has grown from strength to strength, thanks to the endorsement from our very own Duchess of Cambridge, who has worn the designers creations on many occasions. This dress features a beautifully cut embroidered lace dress in pink and navy. The tailored waist nips you in to create a flattering figure, whilst the skirt gently flows out. Ideal for a wedding or summer party.
Oscar de la Renta – Printed silk-twill wrap-effect dress – £2,040
The is a beautifully cut dress from Oscar de la Renta, tailored with a cross bust detail to create a flattering silhouette, and crafted from a light weight luxe silk-twill, making it ideal for those warmer summer months. The waist is nipped in which highlights your figure, and the dress is versatile enough to wear bare legged in warm temperatures, or team with flesh coloured tights for cooler evening wear.
Etro – Printed stretch-crepe jersey sheath dress – £955
This gorgeous and elaborate printed dress from Etro features their signature paisley design, and is crafted from super comfortable stretch-crepe material, making it a wardrobe essential in our books. The dress has panels cut to flatter any figure, and alongside the paisley design is a stylish geometric pattern, that contrasts beautifully with this statement piece. Keep accessories to a minimum and let the pattern take centre stage.
Prabal Gurung – Wool-blend crepe and metallic tweed sheath dress – £1,683
With an Aztec design showcased within stripes, this wool blend and crepe sheath dress is a must for any outdoor event this summer. Designers Prabal Gurung have added neon flecks in the tweed material to enhance the modern feel, and given it small peplum details for extra style. The dress has then been lined with a silk-blend satin.
Lela Rose – Fringed tweed dress – £1,210
With a sumptuous fringing detail, this is the perfect way to make a statement at any event. The tweed dress from Lela Rose features yarns in gorgeous purples, pinks and teals, and has a silk lining for extra comfort.
Vivienne Westwood Anglomania – Printed stretch-satin jersey dress – £250
Bold florals in this season’s colours with an oriental twist make this one dress that really stands out. Crafted from a lightweight stretch satin jersey, making it super comfortable, it hugs the figure in all the right places. Features a ruched design at the sides to add to a flattering shape.
Erdem – Reese printed stretch-jersey dress – £420
All over prints are definitely the pattern to be seen in, and Erdem Moralioglu has pulled it off skillfully with this Reese dress, crafted from a super soft jersey fabric. Featuring classic black checks over a myriad of colours, including pinks, yellows and blues, the dress is stretchy which provides a great silhouette.
3.1 Phillip Lim – Chrysanthemum embellished silk dress – £710
Another dress that uses bold florals to make a statement, from 3.1 Phillip Lim. The gorgeous printed flowers on a black background contrast beautifully with the embellishments scattered over the piece. Features a sexy crossover back and even includes discreetly hidden pockets.
All dresses available from Net-a-Porter.
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