Get 10% off your first order when you sign up for emails!



Whether you’re looking for a floaty maxi dress or a short dress for picnics in the park, you’ll find the best summer dresses you could wish for in M&S X Ghost’s new collection

The seventies-style smock dress

Life’s a breeze with a flowing midaxi dress, especially during hot and humid weather. A simple ankle-grazing dress will be a throw-on-and-go favourite for many summers to come. Add a straw basket bag and strappy sandals to amp up the holiday vibe at home. Choose a square-neck smock dress to accentuate your décolletage or opt for more coverage with long-sleeved styles that take air conditioning in their stride. Chunky platform sandals give a further nod to the decade’s bohemian vibe.

The striking button-up dress

A shirt dress is ideal for the return to the office. Choose a retro style in a loose cut and keep the look fresh with chunky flatform sandals or this season’s on-trend sneakers. Alternatively, take a classic turn with an Audrey Hepburn-approved shift dress: take your pick from cool cotton or linen fabric and pair with flat ballet pumps for a chic look that stands the test of time. A vintage-inspired headscarf and basket bag are all you need to recreate riviera style, even if you’re staying put at home. Oh, and a pair of oversized sunglasses, of course.

The pretty puff-sleeved dress

A hyper-feminine short-sleeved dress is ideal for summer weddings and events. The secret to wearing lighter shades and pastels is to not be precious about them; instead, consider any stains a sign of a summer well spent. Maximise the cost-per-wear value by toughening up a vintage-inspired dress for everyday wear with riptape sandals and a denim jacket, adding oversized earrings and espadrilles for sundowners in the evening. You might just wonder why you didn’t try it sooner.

The fun floral-print dress

Floral prints are perennially fashionable, and all-over blooms tap into the cottagecore style trend nicely. Wear dainty, figure-flattering silhouettes with trainers or block-heeled sandals to ground the look and throw a cardigan on top if you want to layer up. Floral dresses can also be bold, daring and graphic depending on your style, so don’t be afraid to experiment with larger-scale prints too, which look particularly striking on long dresses with plenty of fabric to showcase the design.

The wear-anywhere midi dress

Enter the failsafe midi dress: comfy, flattering and easily dressed up or down for any occasion. Whether you choose a tea dress, a wrap dress or a shirt dress, this outfit-in-one is bound to become a go-to in your summer wardrobe. For those returning to the workplace or planning outfits for postponed weddings and belated birthdays, the mid-length dress is your new best friend. Best of all, midi dresses can be worn year round, with the addition of a sweater vest and knee-high boots during the cooler months. Genius.

Words: Dulcie Emerson


The most stylish and wearable looks

Get ahead


Breeze through summer in style

Find out more


Fashion and home inspiration from those in the know

Read more
Ways to pay
Spread the cost

Just Tap and 'Add to Home Screen'


Speed up your shopping experience by adding M&S to your home screen!