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This summer’s must-have fashion tips

by 20 October 2017

This summer’s must-have fashion tips

Looking for summer fashion inspiration?

Today’s article has 9 fabulous tips for staying on trend this summer thanks to Dorothy Hart, fashion connoisseur and owner of iconic fashion store After Hours.

After Hours has been making women look and feel stunning for years with a dedicated clientele who keep coming back again and again.

Fashion obsessed Dorothy buys for her customers, not seasonally, but continually. In fact, a few big Canadian brands stocked by After Hours, sell pre-season stock for the North-American market to After Hours to test their popularity, and spot preferences.


So who better to advise us on this summer’s fashion, than the trend spotting Dorothy?

Top 9 tips for this season according to After Hours

1. Navy

Wear it how you like, Navy will add edge and sophistication to your outfit.

2. Stripes

Don’t be afraid of stripes, graphic stripes and statement stripes are it this season.

3. Sparkle

Looking for something extra? Say it with sparkle in the evening!

4. Lace

Show a little skin with lace this summer, try black, blue or grey. Spring and summer’s romantic events are the perfect opportunity to embrace this lingering trend.

5. Texture

Don’t be afraid to experiment with texture, opt for a metallic sheen as a starting point.

6. Shoulders

The cold-shoulder trend remains huge as well as bell sleeves, both in dresses and tops.

7. Florals

Tulips, roses, peonies; whatever your vibe, floral, printed summer dresses are so hot right now.

8. Eighties

80’s style is back in a big way; think metallics, high-shine fabrics, draped volume, plus one shoulder dresses and tops.

9. Colour

Warmer weather calls for stunning hues of lilac, marigold and pink take centre stage. Choose a shade of these colours that suits you and run with it. The classic black and white are still around, but fashionistas recommend you embrace colour this season.

As to how women can express themselves through the way they dress? According to Dorothy, the best thing anyone can do is choose wisely based on what suits them.  Try and always accentuate your best features, and chose colours that suit your complexion.  If you have a great waist and you put on a dress and think ‘oh no, look at my legs!’ stop and look at how your waist looks. Does it highlight your strongest point? Because no one other than you will be looking at anything else!

Looking for the perfect outfit - for day or night?

When you walk into After Hours, you’ll be greeted not only by Dorothy or her daughter and partner-in-fashion, Shannon, but a spacious, peaceful and beautifully curated collection of dresses, skirts, pants, cardis, jackets and tops. After Hours also stocks a high-quality selection of basic camis, black pants, and boleros which you’re bound to keep coming back to again and again.

While part of their range is event wear, you’ll also find for example a stunning pair of black and white polka-dot three-quarter pants, which could be lived in, paired with a white-t for a mum day, or a white shirt for a workday. A few steps away from a stunning head-to-toe black sequin New Zealand designed, Hailwood dress, on sale for (gasp) $99.

And Dorothy's never left home without? Confidence, that you love what you’re wearing and you look good in it. Wear it well; it’s the person under the clothes that really matters.

After Hours is as refreshing as Dorothy’s down-to-earth company, be sure to pop-in and see for yourself. A treasure trove of clothing and advice is guaranteed to surprise and delight!

You’ll find After Hours next to Columbus Coffee at Bethlehem Town Centre.