5 funky dresses to make you look amazing in 2016

Ah January, hello my friend. Welcome everlasting month of dark nights and dreary days.

That’s basically how everyone feels on the first day back at work in January right?

What you need is a little pick me up. Something, (that isn’t from the Lindt range, we’ve had enough of that), that will make you feel a little brighter about what is essentially a pretty dull month. I’m not a fan of diets or New Year fads – we all feel bad enough about ourselves already in January – I’m more about cutting myself some slack, taking care of my body, and embracing the Christmas curves. Which is a good thing, as there are plenty of them.

So, don’t spend what little money you do have in January on a raw food diet or gym membership or anything ridiculous like that – what you need is a lovely new dress, that makes you feel ace, without having to do any sit ups.

I’ve picked out five of my favourites from a site called Lyst. Lyst brings together designers and brands into one place, but it does some clever techy things too – the more you use it, the more it gets to know your style and tastes, so you won’t need to scroll through endless pairs of white jeans before you get to the stuff you really like. You can plan outfits, make lists and sign up to alerts when items go on sale or come back in stock. It’s jolly clever and definitely worth a look.

Now, to the dresses…

Comfy, yet stylish

At this time of year particularly, what you really want is comfort – both in terms of comforting and comfortable. This ‘reflections’ jersey dress from Paul Smith ticks the comfort box, but the added bonus is that every time you look down you can imagine that you’re not really at work at all, but lounging by a pool somewhere, at the height of summer.

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Vibrant knits

I love the versatility of this multicolour dress from Wool and the Gang, almost as much as I love the name ‘Wool and the Gang’. It’s made from sustainably produced Peruvian cotton and could be worn all year round. For January, wear it pinafore style with a shirt and bright coloured tights.

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Vintage glamour

Look at this Dorothee Schumacher dress, imagine yourself swooshing through town in it, and tell me you don’t feel like a glamorous Hollywood film star of days gone by. It just oozes sass doesn’t it? A bit like Belle on a school night, but in a positive way.

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Heidi chic

I’m not sure if ‘Heidi chic’ is really a thing, but that’s what I thought of with this orange embroidered shirt dress from House of Holland. It’s such a jolly colour, how could you fail to be cheered? I’m pictured it with some lovely woolly navy tights and a big fur coat. I like any excuse though for a fur coat.

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One for the pregnant ladies

To be honest, I was half tempted to get this jersey drape dress from Hatch for myself, even though I’m not pregnant, because damn it, it just looks so comfy. OK, so perhaps I wouldn’t wear it to an important work meeting without a bump, but for at home, with the leftover Lindt…

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  1. 4 January, 2016 / 12:52 pm

    I am SO into that reflections dress from Paul Smith. It’s absolutely gorgeous… excuse me while I ponder how to justify a £135 dress that will mostly be worn at home. Ahem.

    • Jo Middleton
      4 January, 2016 / 6:47 pm

      Well, you have to go in terms of cost per wear, so essentially all you have to do is make sure you wear it 135 times and that’s only a SINGLE POUND for each day of joy :-)

  2. 5 January, 2016 / 11:11 am

    i’m with alice, that ‘reflections’ dress is laaaavely!

  3. 10 January, 2016 / 7:20 pm

    omg I LOVE that House of Holland dress!! off to see if there are any in my size x

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