Women have a large selection of casual clothing to choose from because there are so many different fashion stores available on the high street. Some examples include New Look, H&M, TopShop, Jane Norman, Next, Dorothy Perkins, Peacocks, Primark, Coast, Mango, Oasis, Wallis, Zara and House Of Fraser. Many department stores also stock various clothing ranges so you can find different styles all under one roof.
Dresses come in many different shapes and designs. Here is an outline of the main examples:
Shirtwaist is a dress with a bodice (a waist) much similar to a tailored shirt, and has an attached straight or full skirt.
A surplice dress consists of a neckline formed with 2 pieces of fabric which wrap around each other, creating a V neck shape.
A wrap dress has a front closure by wrapping one side of fabric across the other and knotting the ties on the side, or using buttons to fasten. It also forms a V neck shape and hugs curves. This first came into fashion in the 1970s but renewed its popularity in the late 1990s.
Tent dresses are flared above the bust, sometimes with a yoke. They were first introduced in the 1960s, but came back after 2005.
More evening wear styles include cocktail dresses, in bright colours. Skirts are also another feminine item of casual clothing, and come in many designs such as gypsy, denim, mini, peasant, A line, and long.
Women can also wear trousers, jeans and shorts on their lower body. Popular female styles of jeans are skinny, drain-pipe and flared/boot-cut. Some brands which have good designs for women include Miss Sixty, Diesel and Levi’s. Jane Norman also have some high quality, nice fitting styles.
For the upper body, ladies can wear jumpers, cardigans, vest tops, jackets, t-shirts, shirts, shawls or wraps. Ponchos have also come into fashion in recent years but have died out again.
Various types of footwear for women include trainers, boots, high heels, flats, dolly shoes and plimsolls. High heeled shoes add a touch of glamour and sex appeal, whereas pumps or flats are more comfortable and good for summer as they keep the feet cool. Sling backs, mules and kitten heels have also been popular in recent years.
Handbags, belts, scarves, sunglasses, hosiery, gloves and jewellery, can all be used to accessorise an outfit. Shops such as New Look, Monsoon and River Island are great for choosing some fashionable items. Its best to go for one or two different colours and stick with the same scheme for that particular outfit, so you don’t over do it and looked too multi coloured.
Hats can be worn not only to keep your head out of the sun, but to complete an outfit and add some extra style. Some designs in fashion include trilby, cowgirl, beret, corsage caps and nautical caps.
Leggings and tights can be worn with a skirt or a dress instead of socks, in order to keep legs warm and not show too much skin.