• The game-changing summer dresses you need right now

19 images

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).

Reading now