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Best Summer dresses!

Need the perfect summer dress for your socialy distanced soirée? Here's our pick of the best from our local Norfolk boutiques.

July has brought fresh signs that life may finally be moving forwards after the lockdown months, and if the sunshine returns, we may even be able to salvage a little bit of summer! We’re sure that outdoor events will be popping up thick and fast throughout the county and all you need now is that perfect dress to see you through the socially-distanced whirl of the next few months. Here’s a few of our favourite summer dresses from our Norfolk boutiques #inlovewithlocal

Nelle DK, Thornham

If you’re looking for an excuse to take a drive out to the Norfolk coast, you can find it in Thornham in the form of Nelle DK. Inject a shot of Scandi style into your wardrobe from their exclusive range of designers and stay safe in the knowledge that you won’t risk that dreaded ‘outfit twin’ situation at your next event.

Muddy Top Pick: Radiate your inner goddess with this Greek-style maxi, £195

Collen & Clare, Southwold

Channel your coastal chic at Collen & Clare’s flagship boutique in Southwold (yes, we know it’s in Suffolk but it’s worth the drive) If you’re looking for a top-quality investment piece that’ll see you through the summer social season, then this has to be your go-to destination – and why not finish off your trip south of the border with a cheeky portion of fish ‘n chips on the beach too?

Muddy Top Pick: Go wild in the Gracia Jungle Print Dress, £175

Jarrold, Norwich

It’s been a tough time for department stores over the last few months, so in your rush to support local, don’t forget the keystone of the Norfolk fashion establishment: Jarrold. Browse through seasonal offerings from your favourite designers, all under one roof. If you’re keen to visit just one place to find your dream dress, then you’re sure to discover your perfect match here.

Muddy Top Pick: Be floaty and floral in this French Connection beauty, £65

Vanilla, Norwich

Another staple of the Norwich style scene is Vanilla, and as always, they have a wide range of summer dresses to suit every shape and budget. They’re running reduced opening hours at the moment, so be sure to check before you visit, but you can always browse their website in advance.

Muddy Top Pick: Be your own sunshine in Saint Tropez Louisa dress, £65

Lady B Loves, Norwich

Lady B Loves is a permanent fixture on Muddy’s list of award-winners and finalists, and for good reason! Their shop window has to the brightest and boldest in Norwich, and the inside is packed to the rafters with retro and vintage-inspired designs that are guaranteed to bring sunshine to even the cloudiest of days. Not only that, you can find all the matching accessories you’ll need, so you can be top-to-toe gorgeous in one fell swoop. Show us the way!

Muddy Top Pick: Be bold but also be quick as all their limited dresses are reduced to under £60

The Style Show

The Style Show have moved into their new premises on Unthank Road in Norwich and their ethos is help women feel fabulous! If you’re not in the mood to brave the city crowds quite yet, this is the perfect place (especially if you’ve been shielding, as private appointments are also available). You’ll also be in the hands of stylists who’ll make it their mission to find you your perfect go-to summer outfit. Read our full review here.

Muddy Top Pick: Be wild with this leopard print timmed silk maxi, £46.99

Little Boutique

A dress is nothing without its accessories! Best Women’s Fashion Store in our Muddy Stilettos Award 2019 – Little Boutique is well worth the ride out to Wymondham. Chocca block with fabulous accessories you’ll need at least an hour to explore every corner of this little treasure trove.

Muddy Top Pick: We’re huge fans of this three-tone shoulder bag, £40

P.S. Want to treat your four-legged friend to an outfit? Woofers & Barkers in Holt have everything you need to kit out your dog in snazzy new togs. After all, if you’re going to look this good, your pooch should have that bow-wow-WOW factor too!

Words Hannah Colby

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