Shop the Trend – Top Summer Dresses

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By Roxanne  /  June 12, 2014

Summer is here and along with the humidity and souring temperatures comes a whole new set of summer dress styles. The Spring/Summer 2014 catwalks were filled with a wide range of trends with everything from pastel to bright prints making an appearance. To help make choosing a fabulous frock to flaunt a little easier, we have rounded up the hottest looks in our guide to shopping the hottest summer dresses!

Print

Etro Printed Crepe Mini Dress HK$13,400 http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/441680/Etro/printed-stretch-crepe-mini-dress

Etro Printed Crepe Mini Dress HK$13,400

Seen everywhere on the Spring Summer 2014 runways, including at Pucci and Celine prints are the standout trend that will get you noticed. Make sure you choose a dress that has a flattering design- concentrated print at the waist and down the sides of the dress are slimming. Keep silhouettes minimal.

Embellishment

Needle and Thread Embellished Mini Dress HK$2,271 http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/469450/Needle_and_Thread/gilded-filigree-embellished-chiffon-mini-dress

Needle and Thread Embellished Mini Dress HK$2,271

Embellishment was the name of the game at Dolce & Gabbana and Marchesa, with roman inspired gold accessories and embroidery. This embellished mini dress from Needle and Thread is just the right amount of bling and can be worn for formal occasions and casual evenings when you want to add a bit of bohemian flair to your look. The muted blush colour is flattering on most skin tones. Always look for styles that have embellishment in the right place. If you are busty, avoid it on the chest area. Add lashings of bold jewellery to complete the look.

Romantic

Akira Floral Appliquéd Tulle and Lace Dress HK$43,020 http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/409703/Biyan/akira-floral-appliqued-tulle-and-lace-gown

Akira Floral Appliquéd Tulle and Lace Dress HK$43,020

If there was ever a time to let your hair down, summer has to be it. Hot days and humid nights call for the inner romantic in all of us to come out, and what better way to celebrate than with a pretty, flirty frock that will take you straight from beach to bar with little effort. This stylish dress from Akira gets the trend right on with layers of tulle and lace and just the right amount of sheer. We suggest a pair of bohemian leather sandals, braided hair and a chunky neckpiece.

Sheer

Jonathan Simkhai Mesh Silk Maxi Dress HK$7,556 http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/405207/Jonathan_Simkhai/mesh-paneled-silk-maxi-dress

Jonathan Simkhai Mesh Silk Maxi Dress HK$7,556

Sheer was all over the runways at Victoria Beckham, Stella McCartney, and Monique Lhuillier, but can be a difficult trend to rock during office hours. If you are brave enough to give it a go, we suggest choosing pieces that feature sheer panels on the leg area such as this Jonothan Simkhai dress. Look for light fabrics that will not pucker and crease, and make sure your dress is minimal on top. An alternative for day-time wear is a lightweight sheer sport jacket that will fend off the chills from office air cons. As for sheer at night – go mad with plunging necklines, low cut backs and revealing cut outs.

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