Best pink dresses—mood-boosting frocks that will work for every occasion

The best pink dresses to shop this summer from Whistles, H&M and more

A collage of the best pink dresses
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This season is all about color and the best pink dresses offer an instant mood boost as we head into spring. One of the must-have styles of the season, there's no better time to invest in fashion's favorite new look. 

Bright color clothes have the power to uplift the greyest of days and the spring/summer runways were overrun with bold hues. Get ready to inject your capsule wardrobe with the spring-ready glow it needs with dopamine dressing, one of the biggest fashion trends 2022 has to offer. This trend centers around dressing yourself happy in optimistic and mood-lifting colors. 

While there are a host of rainbow hues that have made it to the fashion color trends 2022 list—cobalt, Kermit the Frog green and zesty lime are all big news— this season, designers have proclaimed that pink is the new black. Overhauling everything from the best blazers, to bags and of course the best dresses, whatever the occasion this season, pink is likely to be the answer. And remember, when it comes to 'what color suits me', everyone can wear nearly every color, it's largely about finding what tone is best for you. So whether you’re after a softer millennial pink or a loud fuschia shade, there are plenty of options to suit you and your budget this season. 

The best pink dresses as chosen by a fashion editor

Get ready to inject some joy into your closet with the best pink dresses to shop now.

Nobody’s Child Ciara Midi Dress

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1. Nobody’s Child Ciara Midi Dress

Specifications

RRP: $97.78 / £75
Sizes: US 2-14 / UK 6-18
Material: 100% Recycled Polyester
Care: Machine Wash

Reasons to buy

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Recycled materials
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Perfect for fancy occasions

Crafted from recycled materials, Nobody's Child is one of the best sustainable clothing brands. With a silky satin finish, this dress has a luxurious feel and is ideal when thinking about what to wear to a wedding this summer. The open back offers a stylish and elegant touch, while the relaxed fit, V-neckline and slightly puffed sleeves keep this dress on-trend. Wear with barely-there heels and delicate gold jewelry for a stylish look.

H&M Puff-Sleeved Dress

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2. H&M Puff-Sleeved Dress

Specifications

RRP: $34.99 / £24.99
Sizes: XS-XXL
Material: 100% Cotton Shell, 100% Polyester Lining
Care: Machine Wash Cool

Reasons to buy

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Affordable
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Runway-approved

This puff-sleeved dress looks like it’s stepped straight off the runway. It has a voluminous shape that’s easy to throw on and on-trend side slits that offer extra ease of movement. The elastic at the cuff offers some much-needed structure and helps to create an on-trend full sleeve. Cut from woven cotton fabric, it will keep you cool on warm sunny days so is well-deserving of a spot in your holiday suitcase. Due to its oversized silhouette, it can come up large so you may want to downsize if you’re after something more fitted or add a slim waist belt for extra curve definition. Finish with the best white trainers for a casual weekend look that still packs a punch.

Neon Rose Plus Shirred Top Tiered Midi Tea Dress

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3. Neon Rose Plus Shirred Top Tiered Midi Tea Dress

Specifications

RRP: $53 / £32
Sizes: US 14-24 / UK 18-28
Material: 100% Cotton
Care: Machine Wash

Reasons to buy

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Plus size
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Unique print

Bored of florals? Tired of checks? You’ll love this super sweet cherry print dress as a playful alternative. It has a simple round neck and shirred top before flaring out into a swishy skirt for a flirty silhouette for pear shaped bodies. Details such as the puff sleeves and criss-cross back give it extra style kudos. Team with the best denim jacket and shoe trends 2022 favorite sporty sandals for a pulled-together weekend look.

Whistles Gracia Smocked Dress

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4. Whistles Gracia Smocked Dress

Specifications

RRP: $279 / £139
Sizes: US 0-14 / UK 4-18
Material: 55% Viscose, 45% Viscose Lenzing TM Ecovero™
Care: Handwash

Reasons to buy

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Elegant and timeless
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Summer staple

Simple and chic, this pink design from Whistles will be your summer go-to. With a smocked body and delicate straps, it oozes understated elegance. The fitted waist and flared skirt will skim stomachs and highlight waists. Despite its unfussy silhouette, the bright pink hue ensures it still feels incredibly joyous. Wear with black strappy sandals for a simple yet statement-making look. If you love the shape, you can also snap it up in black and blue too. A great wardrobe staple style.

Ghost Luella Dress

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5. Ghost Luella Dress

Specifications

RRP: $230 / £129
Sizes: XS-XL
Material: 100% Viscose Crepe
Care: Machine Wash

Reasons to buy

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Pretty floral print
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Flattering on smaller busts

If you’re stuck on what to wear to a christening or what to wear to a bridal shower, then this beauty will work like a charm. British clothing brand Ghost really excel in the special occasion dressing department and this is certainly no exception. This dress has a high neckline and seam detail waistline that’s perfect for smaller busts. The soft crepe fabric feels particularly luxurious and drapes effortlessly over your figure. The ditsy floral print offers a romantic touch and is guaranteed to never go out of style. 

M&S Shirred Frill Detail Midi Smock Dress

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6. M&S Shirred Frill Detail Midi Smock Dress

Specifications

RRP: $77.50 / £45
Sizes: US 2-20 / UK 6-24
Material: 98% Polyester, 2% Elastane
Care: Machine Wash

Reasons to buy

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Budget-friendly
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Longer sleeves

Another dress that oozes romance, this smock-frock from M&S is an all-year-round winner. It has a floaty, smock silhouette that makes getting ready a breeze and the delicate frill detail adds a feminine touch. Team with the best Chelsea boots for a tougher edge that makes it wearable in the autumn too, especially thanks to the long sleeves. Swap boots for the best sandals or sling-backs in the summer.

Reiss Ariela Stretch Linen Bodycon Mini Dress

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7. Reiss Ariela Stretch Linen Bodycon Mini Dress

Specifications

RRP: $320 / £188
Sizes: US 0-14 / UK 4-18
Material: 52% Lycocell, 26% Linen, 21% Cotton, 1% Elastane
Care: Machine Wash

Reasons to buy

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Flattering ruching
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Minimal aesthetic

Tap into that minimalist '90s style with this strappy mini dress. It has a bodycon silhouette that hugs your figure in all the right places and the ruched detailing at the side offers another flattering touch. We love the square neckline and thin straps for a contemporary update. The criss-cross straps at the back are easily adjustable for added detail and a better fit. A great summer alternative to your classic LBD, keep accessories minimal and sandals barely there for a night-out ready look.

Zara Openwork Embroidered Dress

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8. Zara Openwork Embroidered Dress

Specifications

RRP: $89.90 / £59.99
Sizes: XS-XXL
Material: 100% Cotton
Care: Machine Wash

Reasons to buy

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Cute broderie detail
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Flattering silhouette

Stop the search, the perfect wedding guest dress has just been found, and it’s a budget-friendly buy too. We’re predicting this is going to be one of Spanish clothing brand Zara’s biggest sellers. The embroidered detail gives it that romantic and whimsical look that’s perfect for special occasions and the v-neckline and flared skirt is a universally flattering silhouette. Finished with on-trend balloon sleeves, we can’t get enough of this dreamy frock. 

Rixo Corsica Smocked Striped Crepe de Chine Maxi Dress

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9. Rixo Corsica Smocked Striped Crepe de Chine Maxi Dress

Specifications

RRP: $390 / £255
Sizes: US 2-16 / UK 6-20
Material: 60% Viscose, 40% Cotton
Care: Unknown

Reasons to buy

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Vintage-inspired
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Investment piece

Embrace that coveted Bridgerton style with this design from dress stalwarts Rixo. It has smocking at the neckline and puffed sleeves for a vintage-inspired look. The soft crepe de chine fabric falls effortlessly under the bust ideal for apple body shapes looking for dresses to hide a tummy. Complete your look with some green accessories and be the envy of every party goer. 

River Island Plus Pink Mini Shirt Dress

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10. River Island Plus Pink Mini Shirt Dress

Specifications

RRP: $78 / £42
Sizes: US 14-24 / UK 18-28
Material: 100% Viscose
Care: Machine Wash

Reasons to buy

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Classic shirt dress
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Can dress up and down

The best shirt dresses are a wardrobe staple and the shorter hem gives this a flirtier finish that makes it wearable for cocktail hour too. The longer sleeves offset the shorter hem and it has a curve-enhancing tie-waist detail to cinch you in at the waist. We love the boho vibe that is injected through the tiered skirt and tassel embellishment. Get more wear out of it and undo the buttons to layer over the best plus size swimwear when you hit the beach. 

Omnes Marie Tea Dress in Pink Zebra

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11. Omnes Marie Tea Dress in Pink Zebra

Specifications

RRP: $84.65 / £65
Sizes: US 2-16 / UK 6-20
Material: Ecovero Viscose
Care: Unknown

Reasons to buy

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Sustainable
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Statement print

Made from renewably sourced Ecovero Viscose, this design from Omnes is a stylish and sustainable choice. An instant outfit maker, we love the bold pink zebra design for a modern update on the classic animal print. It has a relaxed fit that’s cool and comfortable so you can rock it with your sneakers or a pair of the best designer heels. The ruched sleeve detail adds an '80s-inspired edge that will help balance proportions for pear shapes.  

Charlie is the Acting Deputy Fashion Editor across multiple women’s magazines and also a freelance fashion, beauty and lifestyle editor. 


She bagged her first magazine job in 2009 and has previously written for titles including Woman & Home, Closer and Dare. Over the years Charlie has embraced anything that was thrown at her from styling celebrities to testing out the best jeans on the high street to writing about must-have beauty buys. 


With a weakness for a printed midi dress, Charlie is on a mission to shop more sustainably and loves finding new ethical brands and second-hand buys.