The best summer dresses to buy now and wear all summer - even if it's just in your garden

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For the majority of us, summer holidays abroad this year have sadly been cancelled. But that doesn’t mean you still can’t get the same amount of joy from your summer wardrobe - even if you are only wearing it around the house or in the garden.

There are some fabulous new season dresses available to suit all budgets. So why not look fabulous, even if you are just staying at home or wearing them in the garden.

What should I wear for summer 2020?

The best summer outfits are straightforward and simple to wear, so summer dresses should definitely be a staple of your summer 2020 wardrobe.

A great summer dress should be easy to just throw-on-and-go, if you don’t have to spend ages ironing it, even better! Our favourite go-to styles are mid to ankle length, unstructured, floaty summer dresses. Slip on your favourite pair of sandals, grab a chic basket bag and you've got yourself an outfit that looks like it has taken ages to pull together.

Now is the perfect time to treat yourself to a few fab summer dresses and rotate them with different accessories for June, July and August.

READ MORE: Our edit of the best linen dresses

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Check what's new in

The offering at H&M is great all year round! Savvy shoppers will already know that the 'New in' section is where you can find the best bits. But you have to be quick, they don’t stick around for long with some items selling out within 24 hours. To get your hands on the best pieces, regularly check the new in section. If you can commit, we recommend checking this twice a week.

Look around for deals

Make sure you shop around for the best price. For instance, John Lewis & Partners are currently offering 30% of dresses.

Don’t forget that this includes brands stocked in the department store - including Boden, French Connection, Hush, Joules, Reiss and many more. So you may find the price cheaper on the John Lewis & Partners website than directly from the brand.

Best summer dresses to buy now

H&M Puff Sleeved Cotton Dress

H&M Puff Sleeved Cotton Dress

£24.99, H&M

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Oysho Oversize Cotton Dress

Oysho Oversize Cotton Dress

£39.99, Oysho

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& Other Stories Belted Kimono Wrap Midi Dress

£89, & Other Stories

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H&M Patterned Dress

H&M Patterned Dress

£19.99, H&M

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Next Bright Leaf Print Maxi Dress

Next Bright Leaf Print Maxi Dress

£38, Next

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Monsoon Hope Textured Tiered Midi Dress

Monsoon Hope Textured Tiered Midi Dress

£27.50 (was £55), Monsoon

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John Lewis & Partners Martinique Tiered Maxi Kaftan Dress - flame

John Lewis & Partners Martinique Tiered Maxi Kaftan Dress - flame

£48.30 (was £69), John Lewis & Partners

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M&S Collection Floral High Neck Midi Relaxed Dress

M&S Collection Floral High Neck Midi Relaxed Dress

£45, M&S Available in regular and long length.

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H&M Balloon Sleeved Cotton Dress

H&M Balloon Sleeved Cotton Dress

£29.99, H&M

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John Lewis & Partners Handkerchief Hem Linen Dress

John Lewis & Partners Handkerchief Hem Linen Dress

£55.30 (was £79), John Lewis & Partners

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Monsoon Cersei Embroidered Dress

Monsoon Cersei Embroidered Dress

£65, Monsoon

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Monki Long Sleeve Maxi Dress - pink floral

Monki Long Sleeve Maxi Dress - pink floral

£50, Monki

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H&M+ Embroidered cotton dress - dark yellow/white patterned

H&M+ Embroidered cotton dress - dark yellow/white patterned

£39.99, H&M+

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