Whether you’re heading to a family party, catching up over brunch or dancing the night away at a festival, these go-to dresses will see you through summer in style
The satin tea dress
Make a bold statement by choosing a satin dress in striking coral pink. With flowing angel sleeves and a flattering faux wrap waist detail, it could be your new best friend and carry you through this summer’s social whirl. Simply switch up your accessories to suit the occasion. Go for flat sandals and sunglasses for a dressed-down BBQ or elevate with luxe metallics if you’re heading somewhere a little fancier. Our top tip for wearing satin? Invest in some supportive shapewear to give you a smooth silhouette.
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The wear-everywhere maxi dress
Your diary might be the busiest it’s been for a while, so invest in this striking maxi dress to make every outing an occasion. Nostalgic detailing such as the puff sleeves and tiered skirt tick all this season’s style boxes, and the stretchy shirring at the back makes it super wearable. Elevate for evening with kitten heels and statement earrings. Heading off to a festival? Getting your outfit on point is a tricky balance, as there needs to be a nod to practicality, too (hello, English weather). Toughen up by adding an over-sized denim jacket and team with pared-back accessories to stay on the right side of twee.
The knitted dress
Keep your cool with a slinky knitted dress – ideal for taking you from beach to bar on lazy summer days. A must-pack for holidays, this low-maintenance style is perfect for throwing on when the mercury soars and is just SO easy to wear. The textured knit adds interest to the simple design, which effortlessly channels this season’s Nineties throwback vibe. Just add low-key flat sandals for casual events or high-heeled mules and gold jewellery to dress it up for night-time.
Words: Sarah Lafarge