A Blue Midi Dress – Perfect for Summer

Now that lockdown rules are beginning to be relaxed, there are, once again, opportunities to go out and about.   Events such as garden parties, weddings, birthdays or even just a visit to the local pub, are possible and are being re-planned as we speak. This means we may be looking into our wardrobes, once more, and deciding if we need a small refresh.

So, I was delighted when “Lily Ella” asked if I’d like to share something from their Summer Collection with you.  I had been looking for the perfect summer midi dress which would be a versatile piece.

Everything from their collection is curated with women like you and me in mind. It’s “on-trend” and, if you check their website, you will see they are passionate about creating stylish timeless clothing – with pretty patterns, forward-thinking prints, and contemporary colour schemes.  I was spoilt for choice.

Lily Ella is a mail order and online fashion retailer, founded in 2013 by Zoe Glover. The company is based in Newcastle Upon Tyne (local to me), but their audience and customers span across the country. They offer everything from light and practical daywear to classic, contemporary, fun, and elegant pieces for the mature woman. They pride themselves on using the highest quality fabrics, offering exclusive prints and designs that are updated every season.

They have recently launched their  Summer Collection which is bursting with bright colours, exclusive patterns, and contemporary styles that are sure to fit and flatter, brightening anyone’s day.  Their sizes range from 10 to 26 and they say they have a stunning piece for everyone.

Their aim is for each customer to look and, more importantly, feel fabulous. The collections are designed by their founder, Zoe, and are then meticulously developed to fit and flatter women of all shapes and sizes. Fabulously flattering clothes that will help you stand out from the crowd.

At Lily Ella, they strive to minimise the environmental impact on the planet, producing small quantities of each of their twice-yearly collections in a bid to act against fast fashion and the appalling waste this produces.

“My ethos in designing each collection has always been to create stylish, timeless pieces with femininity and comfort at their heart,” says Zoe.

When choosing from their latest collection, I had a telephone conversation with one of the “Lily Ella” team (Julie), who was so helpful.  Julie advised me on which dress size to order (12) and thought my item choice was perfect.  Julie explained they have everything from their latest collection in their office. So, when customers ring for advice, they can give guidance on colours, sizes, and style. This is a great bonus for those who are unsure about styling an outfit.  They have a ‘nothing is too much trouble’ policy which will be such a bonus and so helpful to their customers.

If ever there’s a fail-safe wardrobe winner, the summer dress is it. I’ve been looking for a dress that is cool and breezy, one that will be versatile to dress up or down.

Therefore, as soon as I saw the Malvina dress, I fell in love with it.  Ice blue is one of my favourite colours and I know this dress is one I will reach for, be it a casual or a smart day look. Lily Ella have paid great attention to detail from the binding on the neck, sleeves and hem to the beautiful embroidery – and such a flattering style…  And, oh so feminine – a relaxed fit with the bonus of having pockets.  I know this dress will be a jewel in my wardrobe.

In the photographs, you will see the various ways I have styled this beautiful dress.

This dress was a gift from “Lily Ella” in return for my review.  Thank you for your time and I hope you have enjoyed reading this post which may contain some affiliate links. If you click through to the product, there is no cost to you.

“Lily Ella” is offering an exclusive offer to my readers of free delivery and returns – enter midlifeandbeyond at the checkout. 

From the Lily Ella Collection – Follow the links below:

Follow the links below if you would like to check any of the above:

Malvina Dress

Beatrix Trousers

Sawyer Kaftan

Linen Mix Cotton Trousers

Amalika Dress

Capri Dress

Please leave a message in the comments if you have any questions.

Take care.

Alison xx


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    • Thank you! It’s looking more lush and green because of all the rain we are having at the moment, which is great for the
      garden but not for us. Hopefully, it’ll improve soon. Enjoy the rest of your week.

  1. That dress is so beautiful on you! I love the soft blue color and the pretty embroidery!

    • Thank you, Laura. We just need some good weather so I can
      wear it – it’s been awful here.

  2. It is a beautiful dress, Alison! It reminds me of the embroidered chambray dress that I shared this week! I love the pretty embroidery and button detail on the bodice of your dress. And the ice blue color is so gorgeous on you. I am heading over to check out Lily Ella now! Thanks for linking with me.


    • Thank you, Shelbee. Can’t beat a pretty summer dress, suitable for a variety of outings. Now we can! x

    • Thank you so much Ada. The dress is a cool cotton, perfect for when the weather improves which it has done
      this week. I know I’ll get a lot of wear from this dress, for a lot of occasions. x

    • Thank you so much Emma. It is a very pretty dress, and a great bonus is the pockets, so handy I think. Enjoy the rest of your week.x

  3. That is such a pretty dress, you look lovely in it, it is not a brand I have come across before.
    Michelle xx

    • Thank you, Michelle. This brand is local to me in the NE, I’ll get a lot of wear
      from this dress. Hope you are enjoying the sunshine.x

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    It’s a beautiful dress Alison. I like the idea of getting advise. That’s a bonus bit of help for a lot of people xx

    • Thank you, Laurie. I agree about getting great advice, helps to avoid making mistakes. The team from Lily Ella were so helpful
      and friendly when making my choice. xx

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    Beautiful shade of blue Alison and love the flower detail on the bodice. Thanks for linking!

    • Thank you, Gail. It is the perfect summer dress and I’ll wear it a lot. Enjoy your weekend, hopefully the sun will shine. x

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    I love these kind of dresses and pockets are always a bonus!

    • This is the perfect summer dress and I know I’ll wear it a lot. I agree, great that it’s got pockets.x

  7. EL Nyberg

    Thank you for modeling this dress. You make it look more appealing that the company model. It shows off your shape and looks just too plain and straight on the model. You rock it girl. Makes me want to try one too, need to see if the length is shorter for a petite. Thank you again for the wonderful review and recommendation.

    • That’s very kind of you, thank you. If you have any questions contact the staff
      at Lily Ella – they were so helpful with me as I was unsure which size to
      get. Have a wonderful week. xx

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