From the classic mini to the so-now slip, find out which styles you need in your wardrobe with our round-up of the best dresses for summer
Hot white now
Nothing makes a fresher addition to a summer wardrobe than a crisp white dress. Think of it as the perfect replacement to your trusty LBD for the warmer months. You can exude breezy Ibiza beach vibes, even if you’re wearing yours in the city, and we all know white is the perfect colour to show off sun-kissed skin. Plus, broderie anglaise is big news this season, making this embroidered midi a must-have.
Here comes the sun(dress)
Tropical getaway booked? Or will you be holidaying on the more familiar shores of home this summer? Either way, you’ll need a strong edit of sundresses to see you through your break in style. A bright colour or statement print will get you in the holiday spirit, but this ivory button-through dress will look equally chic beachside paired with a classic straw hat.
Mini dress, max appeal
Midi lengths may have reigned supreme of late, but the classic mini is making a comeback – on the spring/summer 2019 catwalks, designers such as Louis Vuitton and Burberry favoured above-the-knee hemlines. Bare your pins this summer in dresses like this floral-print mini, which is fun, feminine and versatile enough for both a day’s sightseeing and cocktails at sunset.
Slip into this
The slip dress is one of the standout pieces of the season, and with good reason. Spaghetti straps and throw-on-and-go appeal make this dress shape perfect for summer. Plus, ours come in cool and comfy fabrics that don’t cling, like this animal-print version. Consider it a worthy investment piece too – wear solo now, then layer it over a tee or lightweight knit when the weather cools again.
Covering up can be the most chic way to show off – case in point, the maxi dress. Longer hemlines are ideal for wearing on balmy holiday nights (as well as cloudy days back home) and can be complemented by sandals or trainers. Pick one with a timeless print, like this black and white spotty maxi, and it will see you through summer after summer.
Words: Laura Bradley / Images: Paul Farrell / Styling: Lauren T Franks / Hair: Ben Cooke / Make-up: Karina Constantine
Models: Natasha Luwedde at Select, Fo Porter at Milk