How to dress for a summer garden party

The diary is filling up and we're making the most of every outdoor opportunity. From picnics in the park to glamorous alfresco soirées, there's a style (and print) for every occasion. Here's how to embrace some of our favourite trends this season.

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Lady in striped dress


Summer stripes


With the heatwave showing no signs of waning, we're taking every chance we get to get together and enjoy the weather, and who are we to turn down a party? Not sure what to wear in these tricky climes? Nothing is easier to style for a garden party than the classic stripe. Time and time again, these prints resurface on catwalks and find their way back into our wardrobes and this summer is no different. So whether you choose nautical palettes or monochrome pinstripes, embrace this time-honoured motif with these staples you can keep rewearing.

"Stripes never get old. Dress up with cork wedges and cat eye sunglasses."

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Polka dots


Polka dots


Style a sense of nostalgia into your wardrobe with the humble polka dot. We're especially feeling simple monochrome combos, which keep the mood of your outfit classic and cool. The easiest way to embrace this trend though is through a dress, which will see you through every summer celebration. Best channelled with courts or mules and a signature red lip, add a clutch and keep your hairstyle simple for a chic look. We're loving slicked back pony tails and loose curls right now.

"We're dotty about this trend and have rounded up our most standout styles for you to fall for."

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Fresh florals


Fresh florals

Our love for summer florals isn't fading, and who can blame us when we're serving styles like this? This season there's an abundance of prints on offer, from oversized florals to rose petals and ditsy daisies, which are scattered across everything from maxi dresses to jumpsuits. We admit that wearing florals for a garden party may not be groundbreaking, but it also never fails. Effortless, elegant and on-trend, there's nothing not to love about these outfits.

"Florals for summer might not be groundbreaking, but this season there's more florals on offer than ever."

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Animal prints


Animal prints

Fancy something with a little more attitude for your garden party? It's time to get on board with the animal print. Snakeskin, zebra, leopard - you name it, we've got it. Take a walk on the wild side with a statement dress and keep the rest of your look pared back (think simple courts and a black clutch) or ease yourself in by pairing a printed handbag with your best LBD. Wherever the party's at, you'll be the coolest cat there in our latest selections. Go on, we dare you.

"Wild thing, you make our heart sing. And so do these statement styles."

Whistles, Animal print frill wrap skirt, £99 - COMING SOON

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