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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!

Five of the Best: Faux Fur Bomber Jackets

At just over halfway through the year, the fur bomber jacket might not seem like the most seasonal of items: but then, let’s face it, the weather hasn’t been either! For the time being, it can be a great and potentially live-saving warm cover up for a summer dress on a cooler-than-expected night…with the advantage of being able to see you through autumn and even the winter months. With that in mind, we’ve picked out our favourite faux fur bomber jackets.

ASOS Bomber Jacket In Faux Fur With Metallic Stripe Rib

Green Bomber Jacket In Faux Fur With Metallic Stripe Rib – £45 (was £75), ASOS Collection

If you want your fur to be clearly faux (and we definitely fall into that category), then green is the colour for you! We love the vibrant bottle green of this faux fur bomber jacket from ASOS Collection. The fully-lined jacket is made from a soft-touch fabric and has functional pockets as well as metallic-finish ribbed trims. Fastening up the front with a zip, this fabulous find is currently available with a thirty quid reduction, so act now if you want this one!

Bardot Long Sleeve Faux Fur Bomber Jacket

Long Sleeve Faux Fur Bomber Jacket – £50 (was £109), Bardot

The fluffy, almost feather-like finish on the Bardot long sleeve faux fur bomber jacket gives it a real feminine touch, as does the cropped shape. This fawn-coloured number has black ribbing on the hem, neckline and cuffs, and is another great sale find: it’s currently available in a limited number of sizes at less than half price, so act now and get your hands on a beautiful yet practical garment.

Helmut Lang Faux Fur Bomber Jacket

Faux Fur Bomber Jacket – £695, Helmut Lang

At the designer end of the spectrum we have this black faux fur bomber jacket from Helmut Lang. In classic style, the jacket has an elasticated hem band and cuffs, but has a hood to the rear. It’s made from 100% cupro – a regenerated cellulose fibre resulting from a chemical process that uses the fibres that stick to the seeds of the cotton plant – and has a super-soft, velvety feel.

Boutique Evie Teddy Fur Bomber Jacket

Boutique Evie Teddy Fur Bomber Jacket – £14 (was £40), Boohoo.com

We really did have second thoughts about this one. I mean – teddy fur? Can that be ethical? After some soul searching, we decided that since teddy bears aren’t an endangered species (and also that they’re not real) then we can all wear this Boutique Evie teddy fur bomber jacket with a clear conscience. It’s also available in a nude colour, as well as in this lovely (frankly teddy-coloured) brown, and both have been reduced handsomely.

Stone Coloured Faux Fur Bomber Jacket

Stone Coloured Faux Fur Bomber Jacket – £14.99 (was £34.99), Select

We finish with another number that has a distinct feel of teddy bear about it! Select’s fur bomber jacket would look just as good over a pretty dress as it will with skinny jeans, and it’ll keep you warm too. With elasticated bands at the hem and cuffs, and pocket detailing at the front, this cute jacket is also available in black – and both are currently selling out fast in the sale at a remarkable £14.99 each!

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!