Summer is the time to play by new rules. Our usual uniforms of straight-cut jeans with a t-shirt and knit go out of the window as we prep for hot weather, dressy outdoor events and major celebrations. Invest in a statement dress – this season our favourite is the one-shoulder midi dress. Mix up your accessories with each wear to solve all of your summer dressing problems.
The one-shoulder dress is the new cult summer dress silhouette.
Whether you’re looking to beat the crowds with a dress that no one else will be wearing, or just like the idea of an effortless one-piece that ticks all of the boxes, then look no further than the one-shoulder midi. All of our favourite designers, from Self Portrait to Rejina Pyo and new label Les Rêveries, have iterations of the season’s must-have dress. Fresh, feminine, romantic florals soften the directional silhouette while long hemlines are elegant and versatile. Choose a block colour style and swap heels for flat leather sandals for daytime or holidaywear made easy.
As summer’s fun fades these dresses will look great with ankle or knee-high boots in autumnal shades of burgundy, chestnut and navy with a fine-knit turtleneck underneath. Invest now and wear all year long.
Rejina Pyo Layla polka-dot seersucker midi dress
London Fashion Week favourite Rejina Pyo has been credited with some of our favourite summer dressing solutions over the last couple of years. This polka-dot print dress features high on our current wishlists, thanks to its low-key colour palette and chic silhouette.
Self-Portrait off-the-shoulder floral-print satin dress
Self-Portrait has moved away from that lace midi dress but its current collection is full of beautiful dresses we want to invest in. This long, off-the-shoulder style looks as great with white barely-there sandals and a headband as it does over a t-shirt with flat sandals and a denim jacket for weekends.
Next snake print one-shoulder dress
Animal print will be huge news throughout the year, snake in particular, and the loose fit of this midi dress makes it perfect for both daytime and evening events. Wear it over a white roll neck with burgundy boots as autumn approaches.
The Kooples asymmetric dress with floral motif
This dress from The Kooples is fun and less formal than longer length styles. Wear it with trainers and a cardigan for daytime or strappy sandals and statement sunglasses for a destination wedding.
Les Rêveries asymmetric ruffle wrap dress
New York label Les Rêveries has quickly gained a cult-like following with fashion insiders thanks to its unusual silhouettes and pretty floral prints. This is one dress you can guarantee the masses won’t be sporting come high summer.
Topshop one-sleeve maxi dress
Topshop’s long-line maxi dress is the final word in chic. Wear it with neutral accessories for a day at the races.
Zara asymmetric sequinned dress
This one-shoulder sequin style is perfect for a city-wedding. Wear it with monochrome accessories for instant wow-factor.
Solace London Savon one-shoulder floral-print crepe maxi dress
This floral print crepe dress by under-the-radar label Solace London is the ultimate investment piece. It will work way beyond summer for black tie events and formal dinners. Wear it with flats all summer and whisper-fine strappy heels beyond.
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