I have to confess that I hardly ever wear a dress day-to-day, as growing up I was a complete tomboy and always felt uncomfortable and frumpy in a pretty summer dress. When I reached my teens I began wearing mini-dresses when going out to clubs or for dinner, and once or twice a year I wear a maxi dress or equivalent formal attire to the odd christening, wedding or special birthday party. With summer upon us I’d been looking for something casual, practical and pretty for those long hot lazy afternoons so that I could feel effortlessly girly without looking overdressed or stiff.
This beautiful blue strapped dress by Atompshere certainly fits the bill. Being 50% cotton and 50% viscose it is soft, lightweight and very comfortable to wear, much like t-shirt fabric, and the cut is effortlessly flattering. The mid-thigh length hem falls at the perfect length to gain a great tan in the sun whilst remaining modest as day wear. Synching in at the waist, the bust is embellished with delicate floral stitching which is a huge trend this season, creating texture and a focal point, whilst the thin adjustable straps allow you to wear the dress as plunging or more reserved. Having the neck, back and shoulders on display begs for a messy hair bun or side fishtail plait.
I am a UK8 dress size, however due to my ample bust I am wearing a UK10 to provide coverage. As my bra straps have to be supportive they tend to always be thick and clunky, so I’ve worn this with a strapless bra to maintain the simple understated straps of the dress. I adore this piece for its simplicity and feminine elegance, it is both flirtatious with its bold colour and length, yet innocent at the same time with such a classic cut. I am wearing natural makeup and freshly washed hair without being too done up as I think the dress speaks for itself, although you could easily accessorise this with a pair of sandals, leather satchel and wooden bangles for a casual lunch, or dress it up with cork wedges and a floral statement necklace or watch for a summers evening. At just £5.00, yes five pounds, it really is the steal of the century from the fabulous Atmosphere summer 2014 collection.