Naomi Shimada

How to look THIS good

Summer 2016 is (kind of?) here, and it’s finally time to free your limbs from those winter layers. Shorts are cool, skirts are great and skorts, well, we’re just not sure about, but when you’ve got 15 minutes to get ready in the morning, a summer dress is your 60-second solution to summertime style.

No matter your shape or size, our curvy columnist Naomi Shimada is on hand to show you rock a summer dress the cool girl way. 

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Here’s how Naomi wears summer dresses…

Finally it’s warmer and I’m so beyond ready to put on a cute dress after the darkness and drudgery of winter. No matter what your size, never be afraid of showing whatever skin you feel like. Own your body – own your style!

China Girl
I’m an eternal sucker for a little cheongsam traditional Chinese dress. It’s always so flattering and hugs the curves in all the right places. A true party starter!

Dress, vintage; socks, & Other Stories; shoes, ASOS (similar)

Colour Therapy
There’s nothing like a totally pure burst of colour dress to make you feel like summer is on its way. This is literally my dream dress. It makes me float on cloud nine and is cut perfectly for my shape.

Dress, Pleats Please Issey Miyake; sandals, ASOS (similar)

Go Camo
I’m still ALL about camo print everything, and I love a casual shift dress on a hot day. Pair the look down with trainers for a sassy sport-luxe look’.

Dress, ASOS; hat, Gucci

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