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Long is the new black

Our memories of wearing long dresses are not entirely happy ones: remember the hippy 70s maxi dress? A wonderful creation until you looked at your feet and realised the hem had seemingly attracted all the dirt and grime of the city and brushed it straight onto your legs. Not so pretty...

Well, we're willing to make our peace with the long line dress - according to Vogue, they're back at the heart of summer fashion, but this time, with a more masculine feel. A Voguette tells us they're: '...the perfect louche layer to carry you through spring and beyond. Pair with a military parka or a fisherman's jumper and no-nonsense mannish flat shoes. When the sun arrives, swap the brogues for simple leather sandals and a smile.'

Well, we're almost convinced. Though we hope that Vogue will forgive us if we don't rush out to the nearest nautical jumper shop - in our humble view, woolly jumper, brogues and long skirt doesn't quite shout summer chic...

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