The sun may be reaching for his hat, but this summer we’ll be playing dress up. From workdays to weekends, casual days to weddings and holidays to staycations, rest assured that we have a dress for every day, occasion and location. If you’re looking for some summertime wardrobe inspiration, we’ve put together a list of 15 dresses you need for the season. It’s (nearly) summer, so it’s time to ditch the stress and reach for a dress…
We couldn’t kick off a summer dress countdown any other way, could we? A flowing midi length dress is a staple piece for summer forecasts, with a flowing silhouette offering lightweight comfort and stripped-back style. Our Alania Lyocell Blend Sun Dress is exactly what the sunshine ordered, with a flattering empire waist hosted by adjustable straps and introduced by a v-neckline. Don’t forget to wear with sunscreen and sunglasses.
Delicate broderie is as much of a summer delight as a scoop of ice-cream, often presented in fresh white or uplifting pastel shades brought to life by nature’s spotlight. We’ve combined these two summer favourites to create our Esse Puff Sleeve Dress, with beautiful broderie depicted in a delectable mint shade complimenting its shapely silhouette. This is an ideal garden party dress, simply pair with a shoulder bag and hair accessories.
LITTLE BLACK DRESS
Every season calls for an LBD, but this summer’s textured trend sees the signature style revamped, ready to take you from day to night. Introduced by a modish mesh upper bodice, our Yves Illusion Ruched Mini Dress showcases ruched detailing that needs to be seen to be believed. Mixing minimalism with modern twists, this women’s mini dress presents itself as a refined statement style. We’ll be styling ours with a pair of classic hoop earrings to compliment every occasion.
PATTERNED MAXI DRESS
We’re flirting with maxi dresses this summer, and a vibrant pattern will ensure all eyes are on your soiree entrance. Bold colours invigorate a full-length and long sleeved dress, which is why our Isadora Drape Wrap Maxi Dress is a firm favourite. Its sultry silhouette is outlined by a v-neckline and leg split whilst an abstract print in sunset shades brings it to life. A captivating piece, this dress will cue compliments from every angle.
Lace detailing makes for an elegant finishing touch, which is why it’s a timeless dress style and a wardrobe necessity. To make a summer statement, we’ve showcased our Mari Knit Lace Mix Dress in a pure aesthetic set to brighten every day, or evening. A flattering fit and flare white dress, we adore this mini for multiple reasons, from its soft knit structure to its decorative lace neckline. Our Silver Tone Bracelet Watch with White Dial is the perfect partner-in-time for daytime attire, whilst a white shoulder bag will complete the look for dusk ensembles.
We’re big fans of relaxed yet refined styles, and a short sleeved shirt dress is the embodiment of casual-chic. Whether worn as a workwear dress or for weekend socials, the traditional collar and button-through silhouette makes it a versatile essential style. In a choice of 3 colourways, our Rhodes Poplin Shirt Dress takes adaptable summer styling to the next level, with an elasticated drawstring waist offering not only a flattering figure, but also a feminine bow finishing touch to the look. This shirt dress will be worn with a watch during the week, and a pair of sunnies on off-duty days.
Get ready for some playful tan-lines with this style. Cut-outs effortlessly offer a contemporary edge to classic silhouettes, often for a flirty finish too. Our Felicity Puff Sleeve Cut-Out Dress not only flaunts a bold geometric print, but a centre ring framed by symmetrical waist cut-outs liven this knee-length dress even further. Short puff sleeves balance this style’s silhouette to flatter every figure. Don’t forget to accessorise, grab a bag for garden parties and drop earrings for brunch with the girls.
ONE SHOULDER DRESS
Asymmetrical dresses are taking the fashion world by storm this season, with one shouldered dresses leading the way. Refreshed with mini lengths, moodboosting colours and decoration for summer, this style is a modish must-have. We’ll be wearing our Isadora Faron One Shoulder Ruffle Mini Dress at every opportunity, from its sweet pastel shades to romantic ruffles accentuating its asymmetric silhouette. This women’s dress is the embodiment of short and sweet, perfect for suitcase packing. We recommend styling with hair clips or a headband to show-off the distinct design.
A belted dress ticks all the boxes, from presenting chic detailing to offering a fit and flare silhouette, tying the look together – quite literally. We’ve bookmarked our Islanna Crepe Printed Midi Dress as a summer wedding guest dress, with an abstract print starring in a sweet colourway, carried onto the co-ordinating buckled belt. A sophisticated v-neckline sets the perfect scene for a necklace accompaniment, and our Irregular Faux Pearl Huggie Hoop Earrings partner with the pattern perfectly.
Modern features are taking over the trends this season, let us introduce you to your next must-have: the mesh dress. The barely-there appearance makes mesh a sultry style, and we’re ready to play dress up with it. Every summer wardrobe needs an ‘it’ dress for watching the sunsets in, and our Inu Satin Strappy Mesh Dress rivals the fiery sky with its flirty asymmetric mesh design and complimenting colourways. Do you dare to be bold in orange, or is true blue more for you?
Summer is the season to be playful, and it doesn’t come much more playful than a halterneck dress. Hosting the dress, a halterneck sets the silhouette with fun, liveliness from the get-go. Our Cosette Elani Faron Keyhole Midaxi Dress stands in refreshing white and blue hues, with a charming floral print encapsulating its flattering figure, from a decorative neckline accompanied by a keyhole cut-out to its floaty midaxi length with a flirty leg split finish. We’ll be wearing ours with our chic Jeenaa X Rouched Shoulder Bag.
Smooth satin is this summer’s top trending texture, with a glossy appeal providing luxe allure. Our Adaline Textured Satin One Shoulder Dress is our party showstopper of the season, showcasing an asymmetric silhouette in the colour of the year, with the satin glean destined to catch attention whether reflecting the dance floor or sunset. This flirty women’s dress calls for glitz additions, we’ll be styling ours with diamante jewellery and a spritz of perfume.
HANDKERCHIEF HEM DRESS
Looking for a dress to sashay with every step? Look no further than a handkerchief hem dress. A whimsical hemline gives a summer dress floaty movement that is unrivalled in sunshine season. Our Gretha Crinkle Recycled Dress adds a graceful manner to your strides, whilst a high neckline and ruched waist makes this a flattering fit and flare dress, perfect for romantic dates or to watch another’s love story come true as your summer wedding guest outfit. To let the dress take the spotlight, we’ll be simply paring ours with our divine Fresh Water Pearl & Chain Delicate Bracelet.
PUFF SLEEVE DRESS
Turn up the volume on your summer dress collection with the addition of a puff sleeve dress. A vivacious pair of short sleeves can compliment any length dress, from maxi to mini, adding an effortless statement to the silhouette. Our Dreanna Cotton Mini Dress is a perfect example, with its shapely sleeves framing a tiered mini length dress with dopamine coloured florals and contemporary ring detailed sweetheart neckline. We’ve picked out our Mixed Metal Huggie Earrings and Faux Pearl Hair Clips to wear with this style, whether worn as a casual dress or dressed up for events.
We had to end our list with a ground-breaking style… step forward florals. Pretty pastel colours have flower printed dresses prepped for summer styling. Our Fotini print is designed to blossom in your wardrobe, with feminine florals bringing our styles to life in placid blue and sweet pink shades. Whether you’re wearing our Fotini One Shoulder Puff Sleeve Mini Dress to party from dusk till dawn or our Fotini Eco Delphine Cut-Out Back Midi Dress to the races, one thing is for sure – florals are set to flourish this season.
Don’t forget to make every outfit count by pairing your dresses with the right accessories.
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