The ultimate wardrobe essential
Summer dresses are without a doubt the easiest way to perfect your seasonal style. You don’t need to worry about coordinating complicated outfits, just throw it on, add a pair of shoes and a cute bag, and you’re done.
Whether you’re after something casual or a style that’s a bit more fancy, a dress is a great way to ensure you feel confident, and we’ve looked around the web to find the prettiest ones, so you don’t have to (you’re welcome).
This season, you’re in for a real treat, as there’s truly a trend to suit every taste. You can’t ignore gingham of course, and a pretty bow sundress is a great way to make sure your look stays current.
Naturally, you’ll never go wrong with a floral dress either, but this summer it’s all about folk florals, a great way to ease into the 70s revival trend. Prints are definitely the ordre du jour, as the high street takes its cue from the bold and eccentric hot house prints so many of the SS17 designers have championed for the season.
For a more casual approach, there’s also beachy or boho dresses, off-the-shoulder styles and denim pinafores, which can easily be layered over a striped t-shirt.
If you’re heading to a wedding, look no further than embroidered smocks, embellished shifts and colourful pleats for suitably dressy options, whatever the occasion.
Alternatively, if you’re owning the LWD (that’s little white dress FYI), shirt dresses are a great summer workwear option, as is a khaki or beige dress, which handily taps into the utility trend.
Whatever your fancy, we’ve rounded up the best summer styles from designer to high street dresses so that you don’t have to go on a hunt to find what works for you. We’ve also curated a list of the best Black Friday dresses deals so you don’t have to go digging for bargains (you’re welcome – our bank accounts are a little emptier than they used to be).
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Add a splash of colour to proceedings with this bright pink dress, best worn with chunky gold jewellery.
Shop now: Silk dress for £169.99 from Mango
We’re a little bit in love with this 50s-insured dress.
If embroidery is your thing, then this sky blue style from Mango is perfection. Dress up with dangly earrings and dress down with a big straw hat and sandals.
Ruffles are another big SS17 dress, so embrace it with this feminine style.
Summer is the perfect time to add colour to your wardrobe, and this off-the-shoulder maxi is the way to do it.
As well as being stylish, H&M’s Conscious Exclusive Collection is made from sustainable material made from recovered plastic from shorelines.
Shop now: Silk dress for £99.99 from H&M
This elegant pleated dress is just the ticket for wedding season. Wear with a metallic heel.
A statement print is the only forward this season.
Wear this timeless floral dress with tan sandals or wedges.
Shop now: Floral dress for £117 from Rouje
Team this patchwork dress with some espadrilles (weather permitting) and cat eye sunglasses for a super cool boho look.
Wear this gingham dress with the above hat and you’ve got your go-to holiday outfit right there.
You can never go wrong with a shirt dress in summer, it’s the perfect workwear staple.
Two trends in one. Wear with 70s style metallic heels.
If you’re not one for OTT prints, this graphic print crepe de chine midi dress is a subtler way to wear the trend.
Pair this ruffle dress with the shoe of the season: mules.
This snake print dress will be a great addition to your holiday wardrobe.
Another wedding season saviour, this pleated number is best worn with some gold sandals.
Shop now: Red pleat maxi dress for £80 from Next
A monochome graphic print toughens up this sleeveless number.
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