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STYLE ADVICE: I am looking for a stylish over-the-knee dress for Henley and Ascot. Nothing too frumpy!

Posted on: June 9, 2014

QUESTION: I need to find a dress to wear to henley regatta. It needs to be over the knee but I’m struggling to find something thats not too frumpy. I dont suit wrap dresses but it needs to be a little tummy skimming as that’s my cover up area. Budget up to £150 but ideally around £100. If I could also use the same dress for royal ascot (straps wider than 1″) that would work really well.

ANSWER:  We love that all the fun summer events are beginning to come around, and we’re rather jealous that you’re attending two of the chicest. An outfit for the Regatta or the Royal Ascot will double up as the perfect wedding guest outfit too, so if you also have a wedding coming up this summer you can switch up the accessories and use the same amazing dress whilst creating two different looks. With that in mind, here are some ideas we hope you will love:

1. ASOS dress, £55: – What’s great about you needing a dress that hits below the knee is that you’ve got amazing long legs so you can really pull this look off. We absolutely love this midi dress from ASOS which comes in a super chic check print; it is fitted at the waist, but it should catch you at your smallest point and then skim over your tummy with some figure-flattering, subtle pleating, and the sleeveless style is wide enough that you could wear it for the Royal Ascot too. You could even add a skinny belt to the waistline to emphasise the area and create some curves. The dress would look great with white or pastel accessories, however adding a fab pop of colour via your clutch and shoes would really set the outfit off whilst adding a contemporary feel:

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2. ASOS dress, £45: – ASOS is so good for midi dresses at the moment, so here is another from them that we think would look great on you. This piece has some soft draping around the waistline that should skim over your problem area beautifully, and again it isn’t strappy, so it would work for Ascot perfectly- we love the subtle peephole back too. This look is softer and more ethereal than the previous, however both pieces are stunning and it’s personal preference as to which look you want to channel. Team with whites/neutrals or metallics:

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3. Topshop skirt, £48: – Often people just assume that they have to wear a dress to events and special occasions, and don’t really think about what other options they have. We think that a skirt and top combo can be just as chic as a dress, and this skirt from Topshop comes in a stunning pastel mint print with some on-trend powerful pleats. You can even wear it with flat sandals throughout the summer months for a casual but sophisticated look. Team with gold metallic accessories for a gorgeous combination:

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4. New Look blouse, £14.99: – Team the skirt with a simple but luxurious plain top. This crepe version from New Look is a complete bargain but will look so beautiful when completing your outfit. The gorgeous floaty sleeves will also cover your upper arms, which is something you said you would prefer on your profile. Wear it tucked into the skirt for the ultimate in chic event dressing, and add a statement necklace. Ria X

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