Summer Dresses from Phase-eight.com

 

 

I have decided that Spring/Summer is just round the corner, despite what the weather may be saying.  It is sleeting yet again here in the spa town of Buxton!

I intend to brighten your day with a little selection of summer dresses from Phase Eight.  They all look so beautiful in reality and I hope these images do them justice.

 

I saw this particular dress in the John Lewis store and my heart sang.  It so reminded me of Spring with the green and just a touch of colour.  It would look lovely in late spring with a little cashmere cardigan.

This little dress has all the vibrancy of Summer.  If you happen to be a typical pear or triangle shape then this dress would suit very well.  It falls flatteringly from a highwaisted band; the skirt is just full enough to hide slightly awkard hips and thighs without being too full.

An inverted triangle shape, where the shoulders are more prominent requires a lighter approach on the neckline.  This stripy maxi dress would be perfect.

 

I so love the lacy look that is around at the moment.  This fabulous long sleeved dress is simple and elegant relying on the fabric alone for interest and elegance.  It is just perfect for a more apple type lady.

The sleeves are a god send to all who are not so comfortable with their upper arms.  The lace of the fabric gives an airy, lightweight feel – perfect for the summer. Wear it with flats or heels.

 

For a slender little column shape I really do like this navy and white dress.  The detailing and tucks add plenty of interest and ‘susbstance’.  As a column myself I sometimes do feel better with a little added susbstance!

And last, but not least, this is the ultimate summer dress – perfect for all hour-glass ladies, petite or full in stature! I want to drink afternoon cocktails in this but unfortunately the cut is just not for me..

 

Have you noticed how every garment these days seems to be ‘dry clean only’?  I detest the smell of the dry cleaning chemicals and so my choice of clothing has been seriously reduced.

I do believe, having read hundreds of labels that the ‘dry clean only’ stamp is attached without a valid reason.  Why oh why would a crisp cotton dress require chemicals over and above a sluice of lovely warm water?

 

Taffeta and viscose rayon do seem to require a visit to the cleaners.  Wool skirts, trousers and suits and very delicate silks also fall into this bracket but other than that most fabrics will be fine in a cool handwash with a delicate detergent.

 

I must admit I am a bit of a hand wash queen.   All of my underwear, hosiery and cashmere are no stranger to my sink and Ecover or Stergene hand wash.  I enjoy the process and my treasured items do seem to last so much longer.  I wash everything inside out and with as much time and care as I can offer on the day in question.  A very short spin in a mesh bag takes away excess moisture and then I lay all items flat on a towel, usually positioned on my airer.  Never dry items on the radiator.  It will ruin elastic.

Before opting for the sink or dry cleaners do air the garment in question by an open window.  It maybe that a blast of fresh air will allow the item another outing before cleaning.  Clothes do actually last longer if not submitted to an endless cleaning process.  This is no excuse for stained and marked clothes however!

 

Steaming is another excellent way to refresh clothing.  Most women who are serious about collecting and maintaining beautiful clothing should own one.  They come in at about £99.00.

For more interesting information on this matter click on the following link.  You may find the customer comments at the end very interesting.

http://conversation.which.co.uk/consumer-rights/dry-cleaning-only-labels-using-washing-machine/

Dry clean only?

Have you noticed how every garment these days seems to be dry clean only?  I detest the smell of the dry cleaning chemicals and so my choice of clothing has been seriously reduced.

I do believe, having read hundreds of labels that the ‘dry clean only’ stamp is attached without a valid reason.  Why oh why would a crisp cotton dress require chemicals over and above a sluice of lovely warm water?

 

 

Taffeta and viscose rayon do seem to require a visit to the cleaners.  Wool skirts, trousers and suits and very delicate silks also fall into this bracket but other than that most fabrics will be fine in a cool handwash with a delicate detergent.

 

I must admit I am a bit of a hand wash queen.   All of my underwear, hosiery and cashmere are no stranger to my sink and Ecover or Stergene hand wash.  I enjoy the process and my treasured items do seem to last so much longer.  I wash everything inside out and with as much time and care as I can offer on the day in question.  A very short spin in a mesh bag takes away excess moisture and then I lay all items flat on a towel, usually positioned on my airer.  Never dry items on the radiator.  It will ruin elastic.

Before opting for the sink or dry cleaners do air the garment in question by an open window.  It maybe that a blast of fresh air will allow the item another outing before cleaning.  Clothes do actually last longer if not submitted to an endless cleaning process.  This is no excuse for stained and marked clothes however!

 

Steaming is another excellent way to refresh clothing.  Most women who are serious about collecting and maintaining beautiful clothing should own one.  They come in at about £99.00.

For more interesting information on this matter click on the following link.  You may find the customer comments at the end very interesting.

http://conversation.which.co.uk/consumer-rights/dry-cleaning-only-labels-using-washing-machine/

Fabulous earrings that make a statement

For the most comprehensive wardrobe opt for simple colour combinations, simple lines and fabulous accessories.  I am sure you will love the following earrings, all from net- a –porter.com.

 

Kenneth Jay Lane £45

 

Dolce &Gabana £315

Cristinaortiz£5800

Kenneth Jay Lane £79