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Dresses Styled For Holidays & At Home + WIW

ISSA Printed Animal Deep V Maxi Dress

Printed Animal Deep V Maxi Dress

Morning ladies for this month's House of Fraser collaboration I thought it would be fun to showcase some of the new into store dresses that have caught my eye & share how I'd style them both for holiday & at home.

I don't know about you but with all this glorious weather we've been enjoying dresses are just the easier thing to reach for.  Cool, stylish & they make dressing so quick & easy - no worrying about what top goes with which pair of trousers/skirt etc.  Plus they're my go to for holidays as they really do make packing so easy & quick & whilst we might all like a statement dress for floating around on holiday it's great to be able to get our wear out of them once back home.

Talking of statement dresses the above stunner probably doesn't need much explanation as to why it's made it onto today's post.  A flattering style, gorgeous colours & animal print - what's not to love?!  As you can see below I'd keep the styling of this quite simple for holidays - a neutral clutch paired with some simple flat sandals would be all you need & whilst it might be a sleeveless dress there's no reason why you couldn't get your wear out of it come Autumn.  One way would be as I've shown below, alternatively trainers & a cashmere crew neck jumper thrown over the top.  Or even paired with courts & a black tailored blazer for a night out.

my midlife fashion, house of fraser, carvela acorn sandals, ISSA Printed Animal Deep V Maxi Dress, L K Bennett Sissi Clutch, Superdry malibu racer jacket, kurt geiger leather emma large saddle, dune osca studded ankle boot

Clutch - L K Bennett
Sandals - Carvela

Dress - ISSA

Biker Jacket - Superdry
Cross Body Bag - Kurt Geiger
Boots - Dune

This next dress is perfect for throwing over a bikini if heading to the local market when on holiday or even for travelling in.  Layer with a few delicate gold chains & some bangles & you've got a great day time look.

Phase Eight Dip Dye Maxi Dress


Similarly once back home it's the perfect dress for teaming with a denim jacket & trainers.

my midlife fashion, house of fraser, phase eight dip dye maxi dress, polo ralph lauren trucker denim jacket,office maiden cross strap wedge sandal, l k bennett sissi clutch, whistles koki modern trainer

Bag - L K Bennett
Sandals - Office

Dress - Phase Eight
Denim Jacket - Polo Ralph Lauren

Trainers - Whistles

I just love the style of shade of blue of this next dress, which would equally be perfect for teaming with heels & a statement fascinator should you have a wedding or special celebration this summer.  Then throw on with some gold wedges & a clutch for a holiday evening look.

ISSA Off Shoulder Kate Maxi Dress


Then once back home a leather jacket & trainers with a pop of colour from your cross body bag & you've got the perfect look for daytime.

my midlife fashion, house of fraser, issa offf shoulder kate maxi dress, mint velvet lillia red saddle bag, caroline gardner metallic gold clutch, gabor anna two stud detail metallic wedge sandals, michael kors mod leather jacket with zip detail, tommy hilfiger knitted skitted trainers

Clutch - Caroline Gardner
Wedge Sandals - Gabor

Dress - ISSA

Biker Jacket - Michael Kors
Bag - Mint Velvet
Trainers - Tommy Hilfiger

More animal print with this midi dress.  Again with neutral accessories this would be perfect for a special event.

ISSA Animal Print Eden Midi Dress


For holidays I would keep things really simple with pale pink accessories & once home a denim jacket & trainers would help dress the dress down & make it more casual.

my midlife fashion, house of fraser, issa animal print eden midi dress, yumi gold detail bucket bag, dune bonie fold over clutch, carvela acorn sandals, polo ralph lauren trucker denim jacket, whistles koki modern trainer

Clutch - Dune
Sandals - Carvela

Dress - ISSA

Denim Jacket - Polo Ralph Lauren
Bag - Yumi
Trainers - Whistles

Now we all love a simple cotton dress that features a spot of embroidery come the hotter weather & this next dress that would look great teamed with straw accessories for summer holidays.

Maison De Nimes Embroidered Shirt Dress


Then a denim jacket & trainers once back home & come Autumn opaque tights, ankle boots & a leather jacket.

my midlife fashion, house of fraser, maison de nimes embroidered shirt dress, mint velvet clara beaded basket shopper, phase eight pompom sunhat, carvela smashing sandals, polo ralph lauren trucker denim jacket, lauren ralph lauren millbrook large converted cross body, whistles koki trainers

Sun Hat - Phase Eight
Basket - Mint Velvet
Sandals - Carvela

Dress - Maison De Nimes

Denim Jacket - Polo Ralph Lauren
Trainers - Whistles

Moving onto a simple black dress next & I absolutely love the simplicity of this one below & being black & quite plain in design it would make the perfect dress to accessories & create many a look.

Max Mara Weekend Long Sleeve Two Layer Dress


Due to the understated style of this beauty I'd keep the styling really simple.  A timeless clutch & simple flat sandals for now then come the colder months mid calf boots & a biker jacket make the perfect combination.

my midlife fashion, house of fraser, max mara weekend long sleeve two layer dress, warehouse quilted suedette biker, l k bennett sissi clutch, carvela acorn sandals, carvela scrunch ankle boots

Clutch - L K Bennett
Sandals - Carvela


Biker Jacket - Warehouse
Boots - Carvela

biba zebra lurex knot dress


Finally what about this dress for creating more of an impact.  Again style simply for holidays.  Then back home dress up with heels for the perfect night out look.

my midlife fashion, house of fraser, biba zebra lurex knot dress, label lab buckle detail waist belt, aldo jeralassi sandals, linea metal clasp detail waist belt, whistles shiny croc medium clutch, carvela loyal sandals

Belt - Label Lab
Sandals - Aldo
Dress - Biba

Belt - Linea
Bag - Whistles
Sandals - Carvela

Back to today & I'm sticking with my summer 'go to' look of a pretty white top & jeans that I've teamed with a new pale pink scarf that's perfect for adding a little comfort & warmth of a morning or on cooler days.  Then come Autumn the perfect statement accessory.

my midlife fashion, mulberry tree square rosewater silk cotton scarf, zara broderie anglaise top, j crew cropped kick flare jeans, marks and spencer studded block heel sandals

my midlife fashion, mulberry tree square rosewater silk cotton scarf, zara broderie anglaise top, j crew cropped kick flare jeans, marks and spencer studded block heel sandals

my midlife fashion, mulberry tree square rosewater silk cotton scarf, zara broderie anglaise top, j crew cropped kick flare jeans, marks and spencer studded block heel sandals

Scarf - Mulberry *
Top - Zara
Jeans - J Crew
Sandals - Marks & Spencer *

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Scarf - Mulberry
Top - Boden
Jeans - Boden
Sandals - Steve Madden

So ladies are you a dress fan for summer & holidays?  If so any styling tips you'd care to share?  Or maybe you've spotted a great dress that you've recently bought/got your eye on?  If so I'd love to hear.

Enjoy your day lovelies & I'll see you in the morning.  In the meantime you can see the full collection of new into store delights from House of Fraser here.

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