Danelle Milward of Captive8 House of Fashion which caters for women sizes 16 and 24 offers these tips - and styles:

The little black dress:

Always a classic, the little black dress is an essential item in every woman’s wardrobe. It is timeless and easy to keep chic by simply accessorising with the latest trends.

This season why not pair your favourite little black number with stark white for the on-trend monochrome look.  Remember that the LBD is not just for evening functions, so invest in a black summer dress that’s cool and comfortable, to keep you looking and feeling great, no matter the occasion.

The maxi dress:

The maxi dress remains a firm favourite this year.

The length keeps it smart and elegant while you remain cool. Available in a variety of styles and fabrics, it is easy to find one that suits your personality and flatters those parts that you want to keep hidden.

The wrap dress:

The wrap dress is another wardrobe staple.The versatility of this dress means that it can easily transition from work to evening wear and can even be dressed down for a more casual look.

Every wardrobe needs classic pieces, but that doesn’t mean you have to forgot the latest trends.Try the LBD with brightly-coloured trim to embrace this season’s tropical trend; look for a two-toned dress to get the colour-blocking look; or go for a dress in African-inspired print, solid pastels or monochrome to celebrate the summer 2012 style.

Regardless of which style you go for, remember to choose the dress that makes you look great and feel gorgeous.

Shop online at www.captive8.co.za.