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Check out our edit of the best high street and designer midi, maxi and mini dresses available to shop now and wear all season.
Now the mornings are brighter and the days are longer, you might feel as though you have a little more pep in your step. Although intermittent showers may be keeping us indoors, we’re lifting our spirits with thoughts of the sunshine-ready dress styles we can wear to every upcoming event.
The sartorial equivalent of an Aperol spritz, a summery dress is the ultimate wardrobe pick-me-up. From mood-boosting colour block pieces to ditsy floral prints, we’ve found the dresses that are endlessly stylish but effortlessly easy to wear so you won’t feel like you’re overdoing it – even in your garden. In fact, we like to think that a chic new dress and a nostalgic summer playlist on full blast is the perfect way to spend an afternoon.
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From Kitri’s latest that’ll make you feel like you’re on holiday (even when you’re not) to Monki’s bright take on the check dress, there’s always an excuse to dress up, feel your best and pack those leggings and hoodies away for a while.
Whether you opt for a punchy mini, a universally flattering midi style or a printed maxi, there’s a dress to suit everyone. Take a look at Stylist’s pick of the best feel-good summery dresses you’ll want to wear on repeat all summer long.
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Nooki Design Rimini dress
The relaxed maxi dress has long been a key piece in our warm-weather wardrobes, but now that international holidays are back on the agenda, we’re keen to stock up. And with its nautical stripes, the Rimini dress from British fashion brand Nooki is ticking all the boxes – especially with a £10 saving exclusive to our online marketplace The Drop by Stylist.
Made from a breathable, comfy blend of cotton and elastane and available in two colourways, each works well paired with your favourite Birkenstocks or Stan Smiths. Your holiday packing stress just disappeared into thin air.
Shop Nooki Design Rimini Dress at The Drop, £65
Kitri Mara blue geo floral midi dress
If there’s one thing we’re seeing everywhere at the moment, it’s geometric prints. On our tops, trousers, scarves, hats. In fact, almost anything you can think of in our sartorial sphere. This blue midi option from Kitri is a piece that’ll make you excited to wear the trend – not to mention its flattering square neck.
Shop Mara blue geo floral midi dress at Kitri, £150
Reformation Tyra dress
Sleek, fitting and maxi, this Reformation piece is the definition of laid-back style, though we can count on its fuchsia pink colourway to add enough excitement to the look. It’s a dream for strolling around whichever city takes your fancy this summer.
Shop Tyra dress at Reformation, £150
Lauren Kate Design Co The Abby dress – shirred sustainable handmade dress with customisable sleeves
“Gingham dresses are a fashion failsafe and these hand-shirred styles are a winner,” says Stylist’s style director Polly Knight. And because Lauren Kate Design’s Abby midi-dress is made to order, you can choose whether you want straps, cap sleeves or long sleeves, plus a choice of black or pale pink gingham. And the elasticated sleeves mean you can switch between a square or strapless neckline. Oh, and they’re also available in sizes 6-22. Basically, it’s the dress of dreams.
Shop Lauren Kate Design Co The Abby dress – shirred sustainable handmade dress with customisable sleeves at The Drop, £55
Weekday Lolly dress
If you’re a fan of a divine Molly Goddard puffy dress, you’ll love this Weekday piece. A delicious sorbet lemon shade, this mini dress is the comfy, textured and incredibly versatile piece you’ll want to be taking pictures in all day long.
Shop Lolly dress at Weekday, £60
Paisie floral bardot dress
While strappy dresses will always feature heavily in our summer wardrobes, sometimes the British weather just doesn’t play ball. Which is why an off-the-shoulder sleeved dress is the ideal compromise – it feels summery but has enough coverage that you won’t be shivering as soon as you leave the house.
Available in two contrasting floral prints – mustard and pink or lilac and yellow – Paisie’s flowy bardot dress comes with a detachable belt so you can easily transform it into an insanely comfortable smock. And did we mention it has pockets?
Shop Paisie floral bardot dress at The Drop, £80
M&S x Ghost floral puff sleeve midaxi tea dress
There’s nothing that oozes springtime office style quite like this bright green, pink and white tea dress. Loosely structured with beautiful puff-sleeve detailing, there’s plenty to love.
Shop M&S x Ghost floral puff sleeve midaxi tea dress at M&S, £69
Saint And Sofia Sunset dress
When sticky weather means you can’t bear to go within two metres of your trusty denim or loungewear, there’s only one solution: a flowy maxi dress. And Saint And Sofia’s simple cross-back style will give you all the floaty vibes you need with minimal effort.
Available in three colours, each dress is made from certified organic cotton and features statement straps that elevate it from plain to special.
Shop Saint And Sofia Sunset dress at The Drop, £58
Sugarhill Brighton Tara batik tiered sundress – black, palm tree
“We love the ease of a throw-on sundress: one quick swoop and you’re ready to tackle the day in style,” says Stylist’s fashion and beauty features director Billie Bhatia. “If you’re not ready to lean into summer black entirely, this is the perfect middle ground.”
The ombré batik print reminds us of bucket-list holidays in Bali, while the crossover back detail adds an extra hit of interest without compromising the ability to wear a conventional bra underneath (big bust owners, rejoice). Add an oversized black straw hat, coconut water and pretend you’re in Ubud…
Shop Sugarhill Brighton Tara batik tiered sundress – black, palm tree at The Drop, £58.50
& Other Stories puff sleeve wrap mini dress
The classic wrap tie style? Paired with a chintzy-like floral print? This is a mini we want to wear at all times, for all occasions.
Shop puff sleeve wrap mini dress at & Other Stories, £85
Monki check seersucker cut out midi dress
You can’t beat a checked dress in summer; it’s practically obligatory. Why not also stay on-trend with a cut-out update as seen across this season’s runways while you’re at it? This bright orange and purple dress from Monki is the perfect combination of these styles.
Shop check seersucker cut out midi dress at Monki, £40
French Connection Aura ditsy verona tie midi dress
A summer hero piece if ever we saw one, you’ll wear this on every holiday for years to come. Be patient, you’ll have the sand between your toes again soon.
Shop Aura ditsy verona tie midi dress at French Connection, £95
Whistles chambray dress
A denim dress is a summer essential. Wear now over a roll-neck knit with stomper boots; for summer, switch to chunky sandals.
Shop chambray dress at Whistles, £119
Amylynn Jagger pink bow tie mini dress
This punchy pink mini will look so good with strappy tie-up sandals and an oversized basket bag. A look that’ll make us feel like we are on our summer holidays, even if we’re not there yet.
Shop Jagger pink bow tie mini dress at Amylynn, £75
Sika Aliyah dress
Searching for a summery ‘wow’ dress? Look no further. This printed style is handmade in Ghana and will make a statement any day of the week.
Shop Aliyah Dress at Sika, £195
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