Get style savvy with the summer dresses that go the extra mile - day or night...
From colourful abstract and floral prints to dramatic colour blocking to pretty pastels, we’ve got the hottest summer trends sewn up in our fashion team’s edit.
The wonderful thing about summer dresses is that they’re so versatile, which means that whatever your body shape or style, you’ll be able to find something that suits. Hate showing your arms? No problem, just opt for a flattering long sleeved summer dress instead. Or if you consider your legs to be your biggest trouble area, then we’ve got plenty of styles that will help you cover up your pins.
If you’re lucky enough to be blessed with an hourglass figure, then you’ll look fantastic in tailored dresses that show off your curves. Got more of an apple body shape? Opt for a classic, wearable shift in a geometric print, like this tunic dress from La Redoute -now just £23.60! Meanwhile women with pear shapes should draw attention to their top halves with a detailed top number. Tall and slim? Show off your height with a floral dress.
Perfect for any occasion, you can dress your summer frock up with a pair of heels and some sparkling accessories for a night on the town or keep it casual with sandal flats and a stylish hat for holiday comfort. Or make your summer dress work for the office by pairing it with our favourite summer sandals. A flattering summer dress is this season’s ultimate must-have buy as you’ll be able to wear it again and again. Click through for even more must-haves for summer days…
A dress with sleeves is one of the most versatile buys for any woman. Opt for a style that’s not too fitted in a premium material (this one’s silk), and you’ve got the perfect recipe for a timeless fashion buy. We love the summery Boho pattern on this offering.
This stripe shift dress from Hobbs works for almost every occasion – from afternoon picnics to formal barbecues and more. Add wedges and a denim jacket to keep it casual, or heeled sandals and a cross-body bag to dress it up.
We may have found the perfect versatile occasion dress in the form of this lilac lace shift from Reiss. Perfectly on-trend for the season ahead, you’re guaranteed to stand out if you’re wearing this. Pair with metallic accessories to finish the look.
Vertical stripes are known to b a shape saviour, and this midi dress will look just gorgeous on ladies with an hourglass figure. Pull in your waist with the belt, and add heeled sandals to lengthen legs.
Sometimes, only a comfortable t-shirt will do – but we say ditch the jeans and go oversized! This loose fit t-shirt dress can be unbuttoned if you want to show a little more skin, but looks equally good with comfortable trainers and sunnies. The easiest dress you’ll ever own.
Off-shoulder dresses are the style to be seen in, and thankfully, they’re a flattering way to show some skin without feeling like you’re too underdress. Opt for a midi style in a mood-lifting colour to brighten up any summer day.
A flirty A-line skirt is a comfortable, slimming option. Opt for a floral dress that will weather many a season, like this simple yet beautiful style.
Not comfortable highlighting your waist? Opt for a floaty dress with a drop waistline that will slim hips and skim over any problem areas. We love this burnt red colour – the perfect summer dress to wear year after year.
If you remember just one trend for the season ahead, it should be embroidery. The detailing will be everywhere next seaon, but you can get in on it early with this stunning dress from Zara. The colour palette means you can wear it through to autumn.
The ultimate summer dress comes in the form of this beautiful floaty style from LK Bennett. A perfect length to suit all, and with a waist-skimming sillhouette and floaty angel sleeves, just add simple strappy heels and a clutch to wow at any occasion.
Half-trench, half-dress, this pleated style is certainly different. We love this summery orange hue, and the wrap style with self-tie belt will shrink your waist in an instant. However you style it, this is one buy that’s guaranteed to get you noticed.
A pure silk belt in a timeless design, this belted midi dress is a no-brainer. Blue is the one hue that suits every skintone, and the easy-to-wear shape will work for you, too. Wear in the day layered over a t-shirt and paired with casual shoes, or style with heels and an embellished bag for evening wear.
We all know the figure-flattering powers of a maxi dress, but one with sleeves packs extra punch. This stunning patterned style from & Other Stories is a fashion favourite this season, thanks to its 70s design. Wear with flat shoes for added comfort.
Silk, column style dresses are a fashion favourite right now, and we’ve fallen for the ditzy floral print on this Warehouse dress. With a fluted hem and flattering fit, all you need is a simple pair of sandals to look wedding guest-ready.
A boho-style midi with blouson sleeves is a great option, no matter what your shape. This floral dress has cleverly incorporated seams that will slim your waist and lengthen the body. Wear with block heels or sandals and an oversized hat.