Summer of the perfect IT dress: FEMAIL reveals 2018s must-have styles


Each summer season has its costume moments — Marks & Spencer’s startling-pink flute-sleeve midi costume precipitated a stampede final 12 months — however this summer season is totally different.

And the distinction is nice information for grown-up girls. As a result of that is the 12 months of the Versatile It Gown (or VIT costume) — clothes which can be genuinely, astonishingly, each lady and all-occasions wearable.

For as soon as, it’s not about that one costume that everybody kicks themselves for not having noticed on the rails in Zara or M&S.

Shirt dress, £200, Studio by Preen at; Heels, £39.50,

Shirt costume, £200, Studio by Preen at; Heels, £39.50,

Now, as you may see from the crackers on these pages, there are loads to select from: daring and shiny, pale, floaty and fascinating, or (our favourites) the contemporary floral print.

So, allow us to depend the methods by which the VIT costume scores ten out of ten on the helpful and desirable-ometers . . .


In different phrases, it’s ankle-grazing. (Or, within the case of the Preen for Debenhams blue and yellow floral shirt costume, close to proper, with its eye-catching handkerchief hem, it manages to have each an extended and shorter hemline.)

You may’t overstate what a aid that is. For years, each fairly costume on the market was too brief to put on wherever however the seaside.

The VIT costume is longer, however leanish, elegant and by no means frumpy. The size is what makes it so stylish and straightforward.

Dress, £49,; Sandals, £295,; Earrings, £85,

Gown, £49,; Sandals, £295,; Earrings, £85,


As a result of the climate isn’t at all times heatwave-roasting sizzling.

As a result of we really feel safer and fewer uncovered with a little bit of arm protection.

As a result of a costume with sleeves is a costume that may take you wherever — from lunch to a marriage to out of doors drinks — with out you having to search out simply the precise cardigan or a jacket that all of a sudden makes you look a bit ‘nanny is aware of finest’.

It wasn’t a lot to ask for, and now our want has been granted.

Sensible, flattering and, typically — as within the case of Essentiel Antwerp’s off-white and black design (third from proper) — with dreamy sleeves that make you are feeling like dancing.

Dress, £299,; Heels, £265,

Gown, £299,; Heels, £265,


That’s the actual bonus of a VIT costume. It’s multi-occasion pleasant.

You don’t want so as to add a wrap or jewelry to spice up its attraction, or search out simply the precise sort of underwear. It does all of the work and makes your life simple. 

All it’s a must to do is resolve whether or not you’re within the temper for floaty chinoiserie on a sweetly bitter lemon backdrop (see the Hobbs costume, above, third left), or extra inclined to go daring in blue (see each fashionista’s favorite Whistles wrap costume, above, second proper), after which add the precise footwear for the event.

Dress, £200, Ganni at; Slingbacks, £185,

Gown, £200, Ganni at; Slingbacks, £185,

It’s simply the correct quantity of fairly

As a result of we prefer to look fairly, however not in a fussy method, and the brand new VIT costume has simply the precise stability of class — clear, wearable shapes, with out an overabundance of distracting element — mixed with female prints and color.


As OUR photos present, you may put on the VIT clothes with flat loafers, heeled sandals or a excessive courtroom shoe, relying on the event and your choice.

For instance, Topshop’s floral, flared-sleeve costume (above, second left) is paired right here with good, strappy sandals, however would look nearly as good with relaxed cork wedges.

Dress, £260,; Heels, £265, 

Gown, £260,; Heels, £265, 


The traditional wrap has at all times been the snug, versatile costume type of alternative. Wrap clothes go well with everybody.

Plus, the patterned ones — such because the gorgeous collared floral wrap costume by Diane von Furstenberg (above, far proper) — have a method of camouflaging you simply the place you want it most, nipping in on the waist after which skimming over the abdomen and hips.

In the event you can’t face the concept of a print, Zara does a stunning, plain blue linen wrap costume (£39.99, you possibly can pair with espadrilles to see you thru the summer season holidays.


The VIT costume is ideal for now, however it should final till Christmas (no less than). It could sound too good to be true, however you may be sporting the darker-print clothes with tights and boots come October. These are keepers.

Silk dress, £249,; Slingback heels, £29.99,; Clutch bag, £140, Cult Gaia at

Silk costume, £249,; Slingback heels, £29.99,; Clutch bag, £140, Cult Gaia at

DVF dress, £242,; Shoes, £109,; Bangles, £175 each,

DVF costume, £242,; Footwear, £109,; Bangles, £175 every,

Styling: Emily Monckton

Images: L+R

Hair & Make up: Bethany Wealthy

Mannequin: Bobola at Wild London 


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