Can we talk about how hot it was in so many part of Australia at the end of last week and across the weekend?
It was the kind of weather that required cool and comfortable clothing as a matter of wardrobe survival.
It was just the piece for a long lunch by the river in a non-airconditioned restaurant.
Today I’m featuring a label that knows how to deliver frocks for when the heat is on.
Firefly is an Australia label specialising in summer dresses made from floaty cottons in fun prints.
Firefly Emily Panel dress $89.95
It was the pattern and colours of the print in this dress that first drew me in.
I love how it is fun and modern (hello chevron!) but grounded in my favourite blues and stripes.
The A-line shift style of the dress is one that works for my shape. It skims over the hips but in a streamlined kind of way.
It is a dress style that does require a strapless bra. With these styles of frock I often wear the Nearly Nude bandeau bra I talked about in this post but in this instance I’ve worn a normal strapless bra.
I often get asked what’s a good strapless bra to buy but I can honestly say that what works for me, most probably would not work for you.
It is a bra you really need to get professionally fitted for as finding your ideal is not just about the size of your bust. The shape of your breasts will determine what type of strapless will work for you.
The reason I struggle with them is that I have sideways-shaped breasts with minimal breast tissue at the top of my breasts. This has the effect of not filling out a full-cupped bra, which most strapless bras tend to be.
I’ve never found the perfect one for my breast shape so I mostly just put up with “almost good enough” and wear them because I want to wear the types of dresses that can’t be worn with a normal bra.
Anyway, my hot tip … find a professional fitter and search for the one that works best for you.
Back to the dress.
The reason why I’ll put up with a strapless bra is that I do like this style of dress neckline. It’s flattering on the shoulders and very cool to wear on hot days like we lived through this weekend.
When the heat is on I also give no thought to getting my arms out there either. Life’s too short to not wear something based on our own body issues.
What’s your go-to summer frock scenario? Love the look of this one?
* I’m 166cm and usually a size 14-16. This frock was gifted to me for editorial consideration. Full disclosure policy here.
Summer 2015 Styling You Shop
You’ll find more summer style inspiration in the Summer Styling You Shop. Have you checked it out yet? You’ll find 21 pieces and inspiration on how to wear those pieces 28 different ways. Don’t miss out – the shop closes on December 3.