When the sun comes out, there is an alternative to dressing in clothes as insubstantial as your underwear: not every woman can wear a strappy shoestring slip. This summer's dress is knee-length or below. It hints at flesh rather than revealing all. For day, it is cool in cotton or linen. By night it is slinky in satin. Zip it on in the morning - forget you're wearing it, and leave the shoestring straps to your shoes


Red satin dress with buckle detail, pounds 195, by DKNY, 27 Old Bond Street, London W1

Photographs Crena Watson

Styling Jo Adams

Make-up Carol Brown using Aveda

Hair Adam Meli for Anthony Yacomine

Model Vinca


Lilac stretch dress, pounds 500, by Gianni Versace, 34-36 Old Bond Street, London W1; fuschia pink strappy stiletto shoes with ties, pounds 65, by Bertie, 36 South Molton Street, London W1 and branches, inquiries 0171-935 2002