How to wear: The Pinafore Dress

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If there’s one piece of essential clothing you need to buy this year it’s the pinafore. Recently they’ve become a bit of a craze, they’re the perfect simple, statement style piece that fit every season and any occasion, as well as looking super cute and flattering.

Edited by Charlotte Russell

If your day-to-day wardrobe is looking a little bland then it’s time to invest, get a bit creative and use the power of layering to add a bit of character to your outfits. Pinafore dresses are the next best thing to skinny jeans; they go with almost anything and can be layered with pretty much everything in your wardrobe, whether it’s a striped tee for a Monday morning uni lecture or a long sleeve turtleneck for a smarter look. They’re definitely the in thing in almost every high street store or fashion mag and come in an array of different shapes, colours and fabrics to suit practically any style, you’re quite literally spoilt for choice! Coming up to the warmer months is the perfect time to scout out the perfect pinafore for you, make sure you choose one that matches not only your bodyshape but your style and the rest of your wardrobe to really make the best use of this staple piece.

If you’re stuck for ideas and in need of a bit of inspiration I’ve put together three outfits and top tips on how to style different pinafore dresses for different occasions, seasons and styles.

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If you’re looking for more of a casual, everyday festival-feel kind of look then a denim pinafore is the perfect piece! Not only is it comfortable but it can be paired with practically anything. I think it looks great with long sleeve striped tee and a pair of converse, or if you’re feeling a bit more girly add a pair of chelsea boots.

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Mango’s deep v-neck pinafore layered over a white t-shirt is the perfect evening outfit. I’ve added a hat and some stylish buckle sandals to give it a bit of an edge while still keeping it on trend and sophisticated.    Screen Shot 2016-02-23 at 21.12.09

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This corduroy pinafore is a perfect pastel pink colour to add a little character and colour to your outfit. Layer it over a light coloured turtle neck and a smart jacket to create more of a formal look or dress it down with a pair of converse and a backpack.

Not only is the pinafore dress a stylish and on trend piece but it is perfect for the transition between winter and spring weather.