Monday, 1 August 2016

Why the Perfect Skater Dress Will Be Your Best Friend This Summer

Summer has finally arrived, and that means it's time to bring out all your old summer favourites, as well as expanding your wardrobe with some of the best looks from summer 2016. Some summers, there is a style that you can latch on to for just about every occasion, from casual days out and fun barbecues with your friends through to evenings out on holiday or your work summer party. This year, one such versatile style that is everywhere, both on the high street and in online boutiques like, is the skater dress.

What Is It, And Why is It So Great for Summer 2016?

Skater dressesare dresses that have a fitted bodice and then a skirt that flares out. In technical dressmaking terms, the skirt of a skater dress is a circle skirt, or part-circle skirt, which means that laid flat it is a circle of material, a half circle, or something in between. This gives it that volume as it hangs and also the 'twirling' effect if you turn quickly. It is that twirling effect that means this style of skirt or dress is worn by figure skaters, as it shows off their movements – hence the name 'skater dress'.  The skater dresses you will find in the shops, however, are simply inspired by the skater cut, so don't worry, you won't actually be dressing up in a sparkly Barbie pink spandex outfit like a competitor in the Winter Olympics!

The skaterdress is great for this summer because it is classic and easy to wear, meaning it can make a great casual daytime style that can be transformed easily to an evening look by changing accessories, hair and makeup. It is also a style you can keep cool in, depending on the fabric you choose, and which is comfortable to wear while still looking neat and fitted rather than loose and floaty like a lot of summer clothes which can be comfortable but make you look and feel bigger.

Prints and Colours

If you love summery prints, then there are plenty of options out there for colourful, eye-catching skater dresses, however some of the most wearable styles are in plain white. The 'little white dress' trend from last summer is continuing on this year, and choosing a favourite white dress in the skater cut will give you a fashionable look perfect for every occasion.


Another trend you can incorporate when picking out your go-to skater dress for this summer is the trend for lace clothing. A skater dress with a lace overlay can look really feminine and cute, and the short, flirty cut stops it looking too dressy for casual evenings or even daytime wear. Pair with pretty sandals or ballet pumps for a simpleyet beautiful look that is very much on trend.

So, there you have it – if you are looking for a flexible wardrobe staple you can enjoy all summer, pick out a skater dress!

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  1. I love the way others look in skater dresses, I always feel like my shape just doesn't suit them!

    Jaynie Shannon * / Morphe & Zoeva Giveaway Running


  2. These dresses are so pretty! Sophie x


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