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THE BEST DRESSED; JANE ALEXANDER ON SUMMER DRESSES.

Apretty summer dress is the fast solution to the daily dilemma of what to wear, both on holiday and at work.

Easy to pack and cool to wear, dresses can look elegant or flirty and suit any occasion. Team them with sandals and a cropped cardigan for casual wear or add a tailored jacket to create a smarter outfit for the office.

We've put together the best styles to suit all shapes. Trapeze styles flatter figures with heavier thighs and V-necks with wide straps are good for concealing bra straps and large busts.

There are a wide range of designs and lengths in the high street. Check out Marks & Spencer's funky collection of frocks, and French Connection have a stylishly sexy selection. With so much choice, it'll be easy to dress to thrill this summer.

Beige patterned V-neck dress, pounds 44.99, and T-bar sandals, both from selected Next branches: 0116 284 9424.

We flew to Portugal and stayed at the villa Platano with leading tour operator, Unijet. A week's stay at the villa in Carvoeiro costs from pounds 249 per person based on seven adults sharing, at the time of our shoot. For details contact Unijet Consumer Reservations on 0990 336 336. Make- up credits: Eye-shadow Two-Kit in Arielle/Blue Frost: Beauty Mascara Black; Colourmoist lipstick in Dusky Plum; Shine Control Foundation Porcelain: Powder Blush Sierre Sunset; Loose powder fair to light.

Shocking pink sleeveless maxi dress with bold orange flower print detail, pounds 65, from selected Benetton branches nationwide.

Empire-line dress with frill hem and side-split, pounds 60, French Connection: 0171 399 7200. Lime sling-backs, pounds 59.99, Carvela: 0171 546 1888.

Long pale blue dress, pounds 39.95, Apple Tree: 0171 436 0737. Shoes, pounds 135, Johnny Moke. Lacy cardigan, pounds 39.99, selected Next branches.

White and blue lace dress, pounds 25, from Initials at Savacentre: 01189 368 000. Silver mules, pounds 135, by Johnny Moke: 0171 351 2232.

Pictures: IAN DERRY

Fashion Assistant: NATASHA FFRENCH

Hair & Make-up: PENNY ATTWOOD for OIL OF ULAY COLOUR COLLECTION
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Date:Jul 11, 1998
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