Summer dresses are the ultimate wardrobe essential. From denim shifts to must-have ruffle and off-the-shoulder designs, shop our edit of the best summer dresses 2016...
Summer dresses are the easiest way to perfect your seasonal style. When the weather’s warm, you don’t want to worry about coordinating complicated outfits.
That’s why we love a good summer dress that you can throw on care-free and know you’ll look good.
Whether you’re after something casual or something a bit more fancy, a dress is the easiest way to ensure you feel confident.
Our compilation of the best 50 warm-weather frocks available to buy right now will help you tick all of this season’s top trend boxes too.
One of the highlights of the season comes from Warehouse who has taken their cue from the bold and eccentric hot house prints so many of the SS16 designers have championed for the season.
There’s also a catwalk-approved maxi dress from MAJE and a to-die-for beachy dresses from Zimmermann which perfectly channel this seasons romantic mood. On top of all that, there’s denim pinafores, embroidered smocks, embellished shifts and colourful pleats to tempt you and to ensure you’re suitably dresses, whatever the occasion.
Anyone who keeps an eye on the catwalk will be well aware that Bardot-style, off-the-shoulder dresses are big news for SS16. Free People and Topshop have come up trumps with their easy-breezy, timeless styles that not only flatter the figure, but are also incredibly versatile making them beach, city and party-ready All that is needed is the addition of a few chic accessories-be it a pair of long earrings for night or a pair of espadrilles by day.
Fancy splashing out on a real investment piece? You’ll find Isabel Marant’s beautifully boho tunics hard to resist. We’ll be channelling Kate Bosworth by wearing a soft silk creation with towering ankle tie sandals and a low-key updo.
Alternatively, if you’re owning the LWD (little white dress), shirts dresses or trying stripes on for size, we’ve rounded up the best summer styles from designer dresses to high street dresses so that you don’t have to go on a hunt to find what works for you.
Click through to see our edit of the best dresses for summer 2016…
Yep, we can’t get enough of Magda Butrym. This dreamy summer dress is a sound investment that will see you through to winter with it’s darkly romantic colours and elegant high-neck.
Isabel Marant’s ‘Clayne’ tunic is intricately embroidered, fulfilling all our inner-hippie, let’s juts move to the South of France desires. We’ll wear it with a carefree attitude, and ideally Hermès sandals
This Topshop dress can eaily take you from day to night – just swap your sandals for a block heel and add a slick of red lipstick.
This is the ultimate dreamy summer dress. Layers of chiffon sashay as you walk so wear with block-heeled suede lace-ups to maximise your swish.
HVN’s pretty dresses reflect the vintage-inspired aesthetic of their maker – model, DJ and designer, Harley Viera-Newton. This white, blue, and red heart-print dress looks gorgeous with point-toe flats for day, and ankle-strap stilettos after dark.
This pastel-blue dress embodies the label’s romantic and free-spirited hallmarks. Wear with tan sandals and heaps of dainty silver bracelets.
The gradiated colour of this denim maxi looks great with white trainers and a matching white tee layered underneath.
This Isabel Marant Étoile dress is a total bargain that will see you through this, and many summers to come. Shots of glimmering metallic-gold thread make it an elevated choice for every day.
Wear with a marle grey t-shirt and tan sandals for cute 60s style.
As simple as adding pretty summer sandals, this is one of those throw-on, go-anywhere dresses.
The subtle green, purple and red embroidery adds pretty definition along the yoke and hem. Colour-match your accessroies for a stylish contrast.
Made from breezy voile with crochet trims, this comfy sundress is our ‘hit the beach with a book’ dress.
The skater skirt style of this jersey dress is super-flattering. Go all-out athleisure and wear with box fresh white trainers.
This emerald green mini features a flirty tie-front detail.
We love the ease of this Mango dress. The off-shoulder look is bang on trend too.
This super-elegant maxi dress is perfect for summer black tie events.
This is a great summer in the city dress. Just add a wide brimmed hat and a glossy blowdry.
Decorated with rows of colorful poppies, this folksy and fluid silk dress will look super-chic with polished flats.
Saloni was the Duchesses’ go-to deisgner during her royal tour to India and Bhutan. Snap up this flattering fifties-inspired fit-and-flare dress for an elegant evening option.
Produced by artisans in Randhawa?s New Delhi atelier, this gorgeous embroidered dress is destined to join you on far flung vacays.
Go with the punkish theme of this printed chiffon dress by wearing with leather biker boots.
Dreamy summer nights deserve an equally as whimsical wardrobe – wear this with killer heels and statement hoops.
The epitome of pretty summer dressing, thank you Topshop for bringing this into our lives.
Quirky Korean design duo Steve J Yoni P are denim geniuses. We’ll wear this with a white t-shirt layered underneath.
When the occastion calls for slightly formal attire, but the sun is out in full force, reach for this smart but breezy number.
One of our favourite brands come summer, this classic printed maxi looks great with a tan leather waist belt and suede platform gladiators.
Aussie label Zimmermann are celebrating their 10th birthday with a Nat-a-Porter collaboration. We love this bohemain lace-trimmed dress from the range. Wear with brown western boots for a cool take on summer dressing.
The muted tone of this off-the-shoulder dress looks great with fresh white sandals and simple accessories.
This simple but smart striped dress is a great holiday go-to for strolls on the promenade that inevitably turn to happy hour cocktails.
This Bardot-inspired dress is perfect for day-dates on balmy summer afternoons.
This vintage-inspired dress features a drawstring waist – perfect for over-indulgent BBQs.
We always turn to Australian label Minkpink for pretty summer day dresses.
This vintage-looking dress features the most beatifully intricate embroidery.
This floral Topshop dress reminds us of Erdem’s spring/summer collection. Excuse to buy sorted.
Off-the-shoulder silhouettes are New York-based designer Caroline Constas’ signature. This pretty gingham number is the perfect city dress.
The slip is the shape of the season. Keep the silhouette minimalist and go bold on the hue in this fab Finery dress, easily one of our faves of the season.
No summer wardrobe is complete without a cool smock dress, and this is our top pick.
Pretty prints and pleats, this dress has it all going on.
The tie-front trend is going nowhere. This pale blue version will instantly update your work wardrobe (just don’t ask us how you iron it).
Channel your inner Isabal marant girl in this smock dress.
Florals are a summer staple, this Topshop dress ticks all our easy hot weather dressing boxes.
Pleats tow the line between day dress and evening dress, meaning this dress will see you trhough many summer soireés.
An easy-peasy, juts add pool slides and sunnies kinda dress.
Shirt dresses are a holiday packing savior. Wear them with sandals by day and with kick-flares at night.
Mara Hoffman’s 50’s style midi-dress is perfect for summer weddings.
This cool star print looks great with a leather biker and leather ankle boots.
This cool maxi dress will look great with black gladitaor sandals and a mini cross-body tasseled bag.
Emilia Wickstead is our go-to for pretty tea dresses.
Chuck on over your bikini for easy summer elegance.
For girls who can’t part with their trusty LBD – it’s totally acceptable in summer courtesy of Isabel Marant.