The ultimate wardrobe essentials for a long hot season
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 beaded bag, and you’re done.
Whether you’re after something casual or a style that’s a bit fancier, 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).
Summer dress trends
This season, you’re in for a real treat, as there’s truly a summer dress trend to suit every taste. Linen has made a massive (and unexpected) comeback this summer. The hippie-style fabric has suddenly gotten cool again and button-down styles have been spotted all over our Insta feeds.
You can’t ignore polka dots, of course, a classic print that never really seems to go away for long. But this summer, the age-old pattern has had an update with loads of fun designs spotted on the high street.
And don’t forget that big sleeves are back, 80s style shoulders and billowing sleeves are everywhere at the moment. So find a dress that’s more cinched in at the waist and couple with a basket bag to complete the look.
Summer maxi dress
A maxi dress will always be a good idea, especially for those not keen to show off their legs. There is a plethora of romantic and bohemian styles in floaty fabrics and ditzy prints, however if you’re a 90s woman at heart, you’ll adore the slinky slip dresses taking over the high street right now.
White summer dress
Thanks to the current heatwave, there’s never been a better time to own the LWD (that’s little white dress FYI). Shirt dresses are the perfect office-friendly option, though we’re loving the paired back linen dress too.
You’ll never go wrong with a floral dress, think bold botanical prints in a green hue or try a lighter pastel colour like lilac, pink and lemon for a sugary summer look. For a more laid-back casual style, there’s also check & plaid. Typically a print reserved for winter, these pinafore-style dresses, like those by Danish brand Ganni, are currently on everyone’s wishlist.
Midi summer dress
Another favourite style is the impossibly flattering midi dress. This demure-length is perfect for when the weather is a little changeable (thank you British summer time) as you can dress it up with tights (urgh) and light layers or down with simple sandals and sunglasses.
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.
This oh so cute fifties-style lace dress just needs some red lippy and cat eye sunnies to finish it off.
This one is perfect for a low key garden bbq.
Midi-lengths are all over the 'gram this year. Wear it down with sneaks or converse.
Just look at the pockets on this one! Sold.
Combine with a cute basket bag to really finish this off.
Long, oversized and spotty, this will be your new go-to dress.
Throw on some gold sandals and bangles for a weekend-in-the-city look.
The one that's been all over your favourite fashion feeds this summer...
If you’re looking for office appropriate attire, this dress is a great workwear staple.
Coming soon to a meadow near you...
A great getaway dress, just add sun-kissed bod.
Getting full on Little House on the Prairie vibes