Chic trends: The long and short of summer wear (part 1)

As the mercury rises every summer, so do the hemlines. But summer of 2011 will be different, for hemlines are going higher even as they go lower… so say hullo to floor-skimming hemlines and long summery dresses and skirts.

But it’s important not to mix up summery dresses with evening gowns and stay in style without looking like an aunty. Speaking Chic’s guide to keeping it long this summer:

Wear it bright

We loved the colour palette at Anupama Dayal’s show at Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2011. The long dresses and skirts in bright pinks and oranges were perfect for a relaxed holiday.

Below: From Anupama Dayal’s Summer/Resort 2011 collection.

Anupama Dayal LFW S/R 2011

Wear it printed

Nothing speaks chic summer outfit more than a flirty floral dress. Don a long flowery dress and team with easy flip-flops and a beach bag.

Other prints to try: tie-and-dye and batik.

Below: Dress from Zara.

Zara long floral dress

Bare a bit

Long dresses are great for those who don’t have legs like Tyra Banks. But why hide it all? Choose the best-toned area: shoulders, back, collarbones, neck, or arms and pick dresses that highlight your strengths.

Below: Dress from Mango.

Mango long dress

Speaking Chic tip: Dress for your type

Loose and flowy long dresses aren’t for everyone. You may end up adding unsightly weight where you don’t want to see any extra pounds. So try on a few slim-fit dresses and choose the one that suits you the most.

Tomorrow: The long and short of summer wear (part 2)

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