Don’t be fooled into thinking party season only happens in the run up to Christmas. Summer signals the start of its very own season of dressing up with everything from weddings, Eid and various sporting events taking place during the warmer months. There are LOTS of pros that come with summer eventing too… the rise in temperature and extra hours of sunshine mean there’s no pressure to find a jacket to match our outfit (thank god) and the kids can enjoy staying up late because school’s out for summer!
There’s still time to prep before things kick off, but we’ve scoured our occasionwear collections to bring you the BEST in girls and boys outfit options, giving you a welcome head start. First stop, dresses!
Lace is an occasionwear stalwart thanks to its intricate detailing, hand crafted effect and expensive appearance. These 3 are our top picks from the current collection. This pretty in pink sleeveless number is great for girly girls, complete with a blush waistband and skater skirt, it’s a classic shape she can wear time and time again! This gorgeous navy blue dress has a contrasting pink under-layer – perfect for those who want something more understated. And finally, who DOESN’T love mint green? Wonderfully summery and featuring a super cute peter pan collar – this shift dress is a must-have party piece!
Florals have become a year-round thing but if there’s one time you can really up the ante – it’s summer! Whether she’s into full on flower power or prefers a subtler take on horticultural prints – she’s bound to love parading around in one of these! We’re completely in love with the artistic feel of our first floral prom dress. Looking nothing short of premium, the zesty colours and canary yellow piping around the neck and arms make it a serious contender for favourite. If making a statement is high on the agenda, this purple belted dress is less about the floral blooms and more about high intensity colour! Lastly, we’re heading for the tropics with this dress which is ideal for mums who love flowers but whose daughters may be less enthusiastic. The close-stripe detail breaks up the print giving it a more photographic feel and a subtler nod to summer florals.
If lace and florals are considered far too chintzy for your little trendsetter then how about something embellished? First up, this absolute BEAUT… Coming in mint green (yes, we’re obsessed) and featuring clusters of beads and sequins, this is one that’ll see her through multiple occasions AND bag her the winner of best dressed! The super-twirly skirt and cap sleeves make it a very respectable option too should her invite be on the formal-side. Second up is a bit of a wild card… it’s business at the front with a simple shift silhouette and stunning beaded neckline, but it’s a full on party at the back! You’ll have to click the dress for a closer look… Finally, we’re going all-out sequins with this pink shift. The pared back t-shirt shape contrasts beautifully against the opulence of the fabric so it’s perfect for girls who want to shine but don’t want to look too OTT.
So those are our top 9 picks to kickstart your mini party-goer’s summer of eventing! Don’t forget you can order right up until midnight for NEXT DAY delivery, just head to next.co.uk and start shopping now…
Have you LOVED looking at the pretty dresses but need to find something for the little guy in your life? Click here to see our 9 party-ready outfits for boys!