There’s still plenty of summer to enjoy. Here’s what to wear for every occasion in your diary, as demonstrated by the Marks & Spencer Insiders
The floral smock dress for summer parties
When it comes to effortless summer style, it’s hard to beat the throw-on-and-go appeal of a floral smock dress. We’re particularly taken with this cotton floral-print midaxi smock dress by Y.A.S, seen here on @marksandspencer_nicola. With its square neckline, wide straps and frill detailing, it’s got ‘best dressed guest’ written all over it. Just add gold gladiator sandals, a gold necklace and a swipe of pink lip colour for a gorgeous summer party look.
The T-shirt dress for off-duty days
The T-shirt dress trend emerged during lockdown when we craved comfort above all else and it’s still going strong for summer 2021. While we love minimal monochrome midi T-shirt dress styles, we can’t get enough of this zebra-print T-shirt mini dress, as seen here on @marksandspencer_sam, who called out its “funky animal print, superbly soft feel, simple round neck and relaxed fit”. Just add strappy sandals, a cute carry-all tote bag and statement shades for a comfy but chic off-duty outfit.
The heatwave-ready striped linen slip dress
The chic simplicity of a linen sundress proves that sometimes less is best. This blue and cream striped linen maxi slip dress is the perfect summer staycation dress: throw it on over a bikini, add flip flops and a roomy tote and you’re ready for the beach. Team it with chunky black sandals and a cross-body straw bag and you’re ready for dinner, then simply chuck a denim jacket over the top when the temperature drops. If the weather’s not good enough to wear it out and about, just wear it around the house like @marksandspencer_robyn.
The back-to-the-office animal-print midaxi
At this point it’s safe to say that animal print will never be out of style, but bright and bold versions of the ever-popular print are the freshest way to wear it right now. We’ve fallen hard for this vibrant green animal-print midaxi dress, seen here on @marksandspencer_sophie. And we’re not the only ones – it’s already sold out once so, if you love it, don’t hang around. Wear with a faux leather biker jacket and shiny black ankle boots for a cool back-to-work look.
Words: Sophie Hines