Fresh: Summer of frock

Click or flick across for full gallery of local fashion tips (iPhone app users can tap the 'Photos' tab). PICTURES: Matthew Smithwick.
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Red & blue spot dress with belt $59.95 Spice Clothing (02) 6023 6632

Red & blue spot dress with belt $59.95 Spice Clothing (02) 6023 6632

Madison Square dress $64.95 Bamboostik (02) 6021 2244

Madison Square dress $64.95 Bamboostik (02) 6021 2244

Mossman stand & deliver dress $160.00 Nicholas wide metal belt $180.00 Minty Meets Munt rose cuffs $35.00each Lookbook Boutique (02) 6045 8255

Mossman stand & deliver dress $160.00 Nicholas wide metal belt $180.00 Minty Meets Munt rose cuffs $35.00each Lookbook Boutique (02) 6045 8255

Mossman stand & deliver dress $160.00 Nicholas wide metal belt $180.00 Minty Meets Munt rose cuffs $35.00each Lookbook Boutique (02) 6045 8255

Mossman stand & deliver dress $160.00 Nicholas wide metal belt $180.00 Minty Meets Munt rose cuffs $35.00each Lookbook Boutique (02) 6045 8255

Camilla & Marc Antoinette dress $699 Naked Labels (02) 6021 1149

Camilla & Marc Antoinette dress $699 Naked Labels (02) 6021 1149

Camilla & Marc Antoinette dress $699 Naked Labels (02) 6021 1149

Camilla & Marc Antoinette dress $699 Naked Labels (02) 6021 1149

Seduce floral multi sleeveless shirt $129.95 Tommy Hilfiger green shorts $109.95 Coco Ribbon (02) 6021 6399

Seduce floral multi sleeveless shirt $129.95 Tommy Hilfiger green shorts $109.95 Coco Ribbon (02) 6021 6399

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THIS summer is going to be frock-tastic, don’t you think?

With only 16 days ’til Christmas, it’s time to start thinking about the beach, cocktail parties and fun in general.

Fabsugar, my go-to site for fashion tips, has dedicated its latest pic gallery to the simple summer dress.

After a couple of seasons of focusing solely on separates (“The Pant!, The Jacket! The Skirt!”) it agrees it’s nice to see this useful wardrobe staple making a much-needed seasonal return.

Meanwhile, Marie Claire UK published its top 50 frocks in June, And no doubt, the trends will flow on Down Under this summer.

Their picks? A floral; a maxi (If you’re afraid, go slow. Try a solid colour with no fussy details to try the trend in a less aggressive way); a shirt dress (eternally useful addition to the wardrobe thanks to its classic cut and easy versatility); and, a crisp white mini dress (pick up a tennis racket and pretend you’re taking a break from a day on the courts).