The perfect little black dress?

monica-bellucci-dolcegabbana-2_191236-1024x768Call it Sicilian-chic or sexy Italian mama-style, but there’s something about a black lace dress teamed with flats (I’m thinking lace-ups like these or these) that makes an instant summer hit.

Last year it was a black dress by & Other Stories that stole all the headlines, but this year I’m thinking that this little number from Somerset by Alice Temperley might just be the one everyone will be coveting. With lace panels on the shoulders and cuffs, gorgeous bell sleeves (I’m always a sucker for an interesting sleeve) and a floaty skirt, it would be as perfect for floating down a Sicilian street as it would do worn to the (laid-back) office with smart flats or out to lunch paired with great big sunnies. Monica Bellucci eat your heart out.

Lace insert dress, £xx, Somerset by Alice Temperley

Lace insert dress, £160, Somerset by Alice Temperley (also available in white)

Talking about Somerset by Alice Temperley, as I was browsing online this morning (can you tell I have a work deadline I’m avoiding?) I spotted this gorgeous powder blue jumper that I tried on last year and is now down to £55. Plus I also spotted on Topshop these amazing snake-effect lace up flats – very Aquazzura…

Image: Dolce & Gabbana

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