Behind the Seams: How to style this season's hottest dresses

Each week our fashion producer Amber Jackson (@amberstyledit) will be answering all your fashion-related queries and questions. If you’re in need of some new-season style advice or simply want to hear more of Amber’s top tips and tricks then drop us an email at

Will a puff sleeve make me look bigger?

Despite what you may think a puff sleeve won’t make you look big; it actually does the complete opposite. It’s all about proportions; the bigger the sleeve, the smaller your frame, waistline and bust will appear.

However, there is one golden rule; if you’re going to go big on top then go slim on bottom. I’d recommend a pair of skinny jeans like the iconic ‘Jamie’ jeans from Topshop or this slim fitted slip skirt from Nasty Gal is another great option. 

Amber’s top tip: If like me you’ve invested in tonnes of puff sleeve frocks this summer then don’t feel like you need to pack them away now that autumn is arriving… there are plenty of ways you can make them work for winter too including styling them with knee-high boots or layering a fine knitted roll-neck underneath. 

Skinny jeans, £40, Topshop Slip Skirt, £18, 

What shoes should you wear with a white dress?

Rochelle and I are really into tonal dressing so when I put her in something white for the show I tend to team it with shoes and accessories in neutral shades such as tans, creams and nudes. My go-to throughout the summer has been mid-heel mules and strappy wedged sandals but for something a little more cool-and-casual I would suggest a flatform trainer. 

Amber’s top tip: To take your white dress in to the new season try styling it with a pair of stomper boots; they’re a huge new trend for autumn and are already everywhere on the high street. I have just bought a black pair from H&M and they go with pretty much everything and anything in my wardrobe!

Boots, H&M, £29.99 

How can I wear a smock dress if I am curvy?

Thanks to their oversized shape, smock dresses are a super cool and comfy wardrobe staple but they can be a tricky trend to wear. However, there are a couple of tricks you can do try to make them a little more figure flattering and fun: Firstly, cinch in at your waistline with a thick waistbelt in a contrasting colour to define shape. Secondly, dress it up with a pair of heels; a slip-on pair like these worn by @Erica_Davies are perfect for elongating legs. And lastly, don’t forget to have fun with fashion; take a tip from @HeartZeena and rock a super colourful smock frock with stylish sneakers or flats for an effortlessly cool approach.

Amber’s top tip: Hands up who else is super excited for the new season? Layering is one of my favourite things to do and like @NaaomiRoss I’ll be re-wearing my smock dresses with a  tailored blazer when the cooler weather sets in.

What dress should I be investing in for the new season?

If there’s one dress to buy for the AW’20 season it’s the LKD, aka the Long Knitted Dress. Whether you’re working from home, on the school run, or meeting friends for lunch, this dress will work whatever the occasion. They won’t break the bank either; I’ve found three great styles that are all under £30!

1. Crew neck ribbed midi dress, ASOS.COM £28 2. Black ribbed 90s dress, Topshop, £29 3. Brown maxi knitted dress, Zara, £29.99