Black Dresses And White Dresses Perfect For Summer

Helen Mirren White Dress
Helen Mirren White Dress
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Do you dig out your favourite white frock as soon as temperatures hit double figures? Or is it a case of all black everything, whatever the weather? We investigate the case for white summer dresses vs. black summer dresses and show you where to buy your new season summer dress, whichever camp you fall into...

White Summer Dresses

White is synonymous with summer style. It keeps you cool, lights up your complexion and never fails to make you feel like a whimsical, whatever your age. A white lace midi dress will work with everything from flat sandals to strappy heels. Still not convinced? Toughen it up with a black blazer and court shoes, a la Julia Roberts.

Best White Summer Dresses

Ivory jersey maxi dress, £99, Mint Velvet:Buy now at mintvelvet.co.uk for £99 (opens in new tab)

Embroidered dress, £40, Tu:Buy now at tuclothing.sainsburys.co.uk for £40 (opens in new tab)

Georgette maxi dress, £65, Simply Be:Buy now at simplybe.co.uk for £65 (opens in new tab)

Hesse embroidered maxi dress, £180, French Connection:Buy now at frenchconnection.com for £180 (opens in new tab)

Scalloped lace tunic dress, £299, Ted Baker:Buy now at johnlewis.com for £299 (opens in new tab)

Pure cotton cutwork long sleeve shirt dress, £35, Marks & Spencer:Buy now at marksandspencer.com for £35 (opens in new tab)

There really is a white summer dress to suit everyone on the high street this season. Heading off on hols? A jersey maxi will take you from beach to bar with ease, whilst an embroidered cotton frock makes a great warm weather cover-up. Stuck in the office? A cutwork shirt dress will make you feel summery, not stuffy, whilst you plan the perfect outfit for your next summer function (hint: it's probably a white lace midi or dreamy georgette maxi dress).

Black Summer Dresses

On the other hand, a black summer dress is a great investment, since you won't have to pack it away come September. As we all know, the slimming properties of the LBD are second to none too; it's also a lot easier to keep clean. And who are we to argue with Victoria Beckham and Jennifer Aniston, both life long fans of the black dress?

Best Black Summer Dresses

Rose embroidered maxi dress, £29, Simply Be:Buy now at simplybe.co.uk for £29 (opens in new tab)

Adele drape bardot jersey maxi dress, £135, French Connection:Buy now at frenchconnection.com for £135 (opens in new tab)

Gathered maxi dress, £22, Tu:Buy now at tuclothing.sainsburys.co.uk for £22 (opens in new tab)

A black maxi dress is the ultimate wear everywhere holiday wonder: simply throw it on over your swimsuit or dress it up with statement jewellery and a snazzy belt for an evening out.

Embroidered lace shift dress, £89, Marks & Spencer:Buy now at marksandspencer.com for £89 (opens in new tab)

Floral print cold shoulder dress, £14, F&F:Buy now at tesco.com for £14 (opens in new tab)

Printed sarong midi dress, £39.99, Zara:Buy now at zara.com for £39.99 (opens in new tab)

Looking for an occasion piece? Pick a floral print midi and it'llalwayswork for you, come summer christeningorwinter wedding.