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Five of the Best: Cape Dresses

You don’t have to be a superhero to wear a cape…in fact the item itself can come to your fashion rescue when appended to the shoulders of a smart dress. Aside from looking fabulous, they can hide a multitude of sins – especially if you’re not fond of your upper arms. Today, we’re picking out our five favourite currently-available cape dresses.

Self Portrait 3d Floral Cape Dress

3d Floral Cape Dress – £320, Self Portrait

We start with a gorgeous designer piece – this floral cape dress from Self Portrait takes the shape of a classic shift, and is overlaid with floral guipure lace from above the bust to the hem. The top section of the dress has a pale blue mesh overlay, which extends beyond a line of white lace to form a cute cape that reaches just above elbow length. Fastening up at the back with an exposed zip, it has a cream pointed collar.

ASOS T-Shirt Dress With Cape Back

T-Shirt Dress With Cape Back – £22, ASOS

Proving that comfort and style can happily co-exist in one garment, this cape dress by ASOS Collection is made from a black soft knitted fabric with the feel of a T-shirt. The crew-necked dress has long sleeves and a keyhole-shaped cut-out at the back. It’s finished off by a rather dramatic long cape to the back, which has an asymmetric hem and falls to around ankle length at its longest point.

V by Very Frill Cape Dress

Blue Frill Cape Dress – £25 (was £42), V by Very

We love the shiny finish of this blue cape dress from V by Very, which is made from a satin-type fabric in a lovely, almost cobalt, shade. The short dress is finished around the hem with a frilled trim, as is the cape, which falls at elbow length. This gorgeous piece is currently available with for an impressive £17 off its original price tag, so act now if you want to get your hands on this lovely piece in your size.

Chesca Sequin Trim Cape Dress in Silver Grey

Sequin Trim Cape Dress in Silver Grey – £192.50, Chesca

Chesca’s silver grey dress takes the form of a standard shift dress but is topped with a rather lovely cape that covers the bodice and has an asymmetric hem, edged with a broad band of sequinned trim in matching silver. The cape, which ends at just above the elbows, has slit detailing at the front of each sleeve, so you can still show off a small section of your arms –  and the hem of the dress itself is knee length.

Gina Bacconi Melissa Embroidered Cape Dress

Melissa Embroidered Cape Dress – £330, Gina Bacconi

We finish with a real beauty – Gina Bacconi has produced a huge range of stunning shift dresses this season, but this black crepe dress is our favourite by some distance. The simply-shaped, fully-lined dress zips with a concealed fastening at the side and is topped with a long floaty mesh cape that’s embroidered all over with a beautiful floral motif design in shades of green, cream, burgundy and grey.

Seasonal Sale Bargains: Cami Dresses

There might be some, rather sensible, folk among you who think ‘but it’s October!’ when talk turns to cami dresses. For you, we have just one word: layering! A cami dress can be worn with a myriad of other items so mix and match to your heart’s content! Or, alternatively, get a great bargain now – while such garments might be considered out of season, at least in the Northern Hemisphere – for next year’s holiday! If you want to take advantage of those all-important price reductions, here are our five favourite bargain cami dresses:Coast Belize Metallic Cami Dress

Belize Metallic Cami Dress – £29 (was £95), Coast

Party season is hurtling towards us at some speed now…and this stunning asymmetric metallic dress from Coast is a great piece to wear at a festive gathering. Do wrap up with a matching faux fur shrug or similar, though as it can get quite nippy out from this time of year onwards! Available for a frankly astonishing £29, this dress has a relaxed fit, a beautiful draped bodice overlay and spaghetti straps.

ASOS Tie Dye Ruffle Hem Cami Dress

Tie Dye Ruffle Hem Cami Dress – £15 (was £38), ASOS Collection

Our next selection is decidedly more summery, but could be worn with either a T-shirt underneath and/or jumper on top to great effect. ASOS Collection’s cami dress is made from a woven fabric with a tie-dye print in shades of green, pink and inky blue. The V-necked (and backed!) frock has narrow camisole straps and a ruffle hem and is a great buy at less than half its original price.

Oasis Lace Trim Cold Shoulder Cami Dress

Lace Trim Cold Shoulder Cami Dress – £22.50 (was £30), Oasis

Oasis’s lace cami dress is cut in a relaxed fit and made from a stretch fabric that will drape over your curves in flattering fashion. Very much mini in length, it has lace detailing around the neckline and exposed shoulders. With both a detachable self-belt and adjustable straps, it has pretty pleats and is a vibrant red colour. Best of all, it’s currently more than seven quid cheaper than it was mere weeks ago, so it’s a great time to buy!

Tammi 2 Tone Lace Barely There Sequin Slip Dress

Tammi Lace Barely There Sequin Slip Dress – £8 (was £20), Boohoo.com

OK, so this one isn’t for the faint-hearted – or anyone with a less-than-stellar central heating system. In a warm club, though, the Tammi ‘barely there’ sequinned slip dress by Boohoo.com – though it really does live up to its ‘barely there’ billing – could be just the ticket! Made from a sheer lace fabric in an elaborate embroidered pattern, it has a deep V-back and black ruffled lace edging around the front neckline, as well as a slit at the side.

Victoria Beckham Cami Dress

Victoria Beckham Cami Dress – £310 (was £1,150)

Though – out of all of our choices – it’s undergone the most radical price reduction, this cami dress by Victoria Beckham is still far from being a steal! However, these dresses don’t generally come cheap – and that’s a whopping £840 off the original tag! And it is rather gorgeous – with ruched detailing to the chest and sophisticated styling all round. Act quickly if you like this one though – it’s running out in most sizes as we speak!

Strappy Pleated Dresses

Pleats can often make one thing of regimented clothing and school uniforms, but they’re actually pretty dazzling when used carefully. They can also be really flattering, but the shape of the dress is key – bare arms and or shoulders can make a pleated dress fantastic rather than frumpy! With this in mind, we present our five favourite strappy pleated dresses for your perusal.Whistles Off Shoulder Pleated Dress, Yellow

Off Shoulder Pleated Dress, Yellow – £95 (was £195), Whistles

Yellow is such an under-used colour when it comes to clothing, and it’s a sure-fire way of getting attention, especially in a design such as this off-the-shoulder pleated dress from Whistles. It’s not often that you see floral lace pleated in such a way, and we love the combination of thin straps and a Bardot neckline, complemented by a generous drape around the top that forms ‘sleeves.’ Also available in black and currently less than half price in the sale, it’s a real bargain.

ASOS Wrap Front Pleated Midi Dress

Wrap Front Pleated Midi Dress – £38, ASOS

Made from a rather floaty, smoothly-woven, rose pink polyester, this midi dress by ASOS Collection is a really elegant piece and looks great from both front and back! It has a wrap front with a plunge neckline, whereas the back is open, with long spaghetti straps that cross over and form a halter beck. With a full pleated skirt at midi length, this beauty will take you to the grandest summer garden party in style.
Three Floor Cinnamon Pleat Dress

Cinnamon Pleated Dress – £380, Three Floor

This form-fitting Three Floor cinnamon pleated dress has so many beautiful design details – from its long, tiered asymmetrical pleated drips that form the skirt to the shaped lace bodice – but it’s the straps that win the day for us. Forming a V-shape at the front of the dress, they’re made from broad bands of hand-cut lace. The rust-coloured dress fastens up the back with a concealed zip.Biba Pleated Layered Knee Length Dress

Pleated Layered Knee Length Dress – £99, Biba

Biba’s blue pleated dresses is, as you’d expect from the company, both stylish and fun. With an above knee-length pleated skirt, it has a fairly deep V-neck at the front as well as a V-back. The top half of the dress has generous pleated drape falling from the neckline and thin straps. This fully-lined frock is perfect party wear, and definitely has more than a hint of a1920s flapper style about it.

Petite Fiona Tiered Pleated Dress
Petite Fiona Tiered Pleated Dress – £14.40 (was £18), Boohoo.com

There’s no reason why being slightly smaller in stature should reduce your style choices, which is why we’re such big fans of Boohoo.com’s petite range, which produces great fashion pieces for women under 5’3″. This pale grey pleated dress has slender straps and is formed from three broad tiers. It’s also available in black and rose pink, and all three colours are available in the sale – each is simply a steal at this price!

Five Fabulous Off-the-shoulder Dresses

Summer still hangs on by a thread, and the more optimistic of us are still sporting off-the-shoulder (or, if you prefer, Bardot) dresses in order to get a bit of colour on those upper arms before they get put away for another year! Here our five favourites from the current crop:Maison Scotch Boho Off The Shoulder Dress

Boho Off The Shoulder Dress – £80 (was £160), Maison Scotch

There’s some really beautiful detail on this Boho off-the-shoulder dress from Maison Scotch. Made from lightweight pure cotton in a cream colour, it has a wide band across the top which forms sleeves and is adorned with a beautiful blue floral print alongside and a narrow yellow band in an Aztec-style pattern. The pattern is repeated across the hem. Currently available at half price, we recommend you act now if you want this beauty.

Boutique Eva Embellished Off Shoulder Dress

Boutique Eva Embellished Off Shoulder Dress – £28 (was £35), Boohoo.com

This one’s definitely not a relaxed daytime number – Boohoo.com’s Boutique Eva embellished off shoulder dress is a glamorous piece of evening wear that’s sure to dazzle. In a triumph for modern fashion, the cream dress is shoulderless but has long sleeves! Embellished in a beautiful floral design formed from black beads, it’s currently available at a bargain £28, which is a small price to pay for such a glittering frock.

White Stuff Aspen Bardot Dress, Denim Blue

Aspen Bardot Dress, Denim Blue – £55, White Stuff

We love the crisp and simple styling of the Aspen Bardot dress from White Stuff, which is a loose-fit dress made from a soft-touch denim. Elastic panelling ensures a secure fit around the shoulders, and there’s a wide band of floral embroidering around the hem. The short sleeves of the dress are finished off with narrow lace inserts – a beautiful feminine fashion detail on what’s sure to become a favourite part of your summer wardrobe.

White Broderie Anglais Trim Bardot Dress

White Broderie Anglais Trim Bardot Dress – £35, Missguided

You’re sure to make an impact at any summer gatherine in this one: It’s mini in form, but Missguided’s white bardot dress is covered from top to tail in a beautiful bright red broderie anglais floral design. In 100% cotton, this fun and floaty dress has a scalloped hem and long bell sleeves, which have narrow lace inserts in white at just above elbow length. It fastens up the back with a concealed zip.

R édition Off The Shoulder Dress

Off The Shoulder Dress – £20 (was £25), R édition

We finish with a very simple take on the trend, but no less attention-grabbing for it: just look at that colour! R édition’s off-the-shoulder dress is straight and short, with short sleeves formed by the band across its top, which is finished off with a wide and pretty band of ornate lace. Made from 100% cotton, this dress is also available in a rather quieter black version, but we love this bright yellow – and the reduced price, too!