Best summer dresses on the high street under £50

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Get into the spirit of summer with our roundup of the best dresses on the high street under £50. 

With the weather set to be feel a lot more like summer next week, and less like a grey March day (seriously, did anyone else have to put the heating on?), we are prepping our wardrobes for the joy to come by packing them full of summer dresses.

A summer dress is so much more than just a dress, it’s the item of clothing you reach for when you know you’re going to have a good time. The one you wait for weeks to wear (sadly we can’t say the same for our rotation of hoodies) and you don’t mind doing so, because you know when you do finally get the opportunity to pull on a linen slip dress or a new floral printed skater dress and feel the sun on your skin and the breeze around your legs, it’s going to be so good. 

There are some summer dresses definitely worth an investment, but that is not the case for all summer dresses. The high street constantly delivers when it comes to playful, practical and chic summer styles. The kind that you can easily dress up for an occasion and easy everyday options that require minimal thought and maximum impact.

Whether you’re wearing yours to the park for a picnic, for a day trip to the beach, or even to sit in the garden with family, we’ve rounded up the best summer dresses to chuck on this summer and feel great in without breaking the bank. 

  • Mango

    Mango floral maxi dress with ruched sleeves
    Best dresses under £50: Mango

    Give your wardrobe a hit of summer with Mango’s maxi floral dress. The print gives this dress an immediate holiday feel and the ruched sleeves make for a modern twist on a classic floral dress. 

    Shop floral dress, £39.99, Mango

  • Zara

    Zara halterneck dress
    Best dresses under £50: Zara

    Minimalists, rejoice! It doesn’t get more pared-back than this simple but elegant Zara halterneck dress. Finish off your look with tan sandals and a tonal basket bag. 

    Shop halterneck dress, £29.99, Zara

  • Asos Curve

    Asos Curve blue broderie dress
    Best dresses under £50: Asos Curve

    Asos Curve’s pastel broderie anglaise dress makes for an elevated take on the simple sundress. Pair yours with white trainers for a sun-filled stroll in the park. 

    Shop blue dress, £32, Asos Curve 

  • Reserved

    Reserved floral mini dress
    Best dresses under £50: Reserved

    Dip into the ongoing 90s resurgence with Reserved’s floral slip dress. For serious style points, team yours with a barely-there sandal and pearl hair clips. 

    Shop floral slip dress, £24.99, Reserved 

  • Sincerely Nudes

    Sincerely Nudes maxi dress
    Best dresses under £50: Sincerely Nudes

    Keeping with the 90s theme, convert your mini slip dress to a maxi slip dress via Sincerely Nudes. Specialising in catering to a variety of skin tones, the brand aims to make pieces that feel like ‘nude’ to all of their customers. We’ll be wearing ours with stacks of gold jewellery. 

    Shop maxi slip dress, £49, Sincerely Nudes

  • Boden

    Boden pink linen dress
    Best dresses under £50: Boden

    Boden’s pink summer dress is perfect for those heading back into the office and needing an injection of seasonal workwear into their wardrobe. 

    Shop pink dress, £45, Boden 

  • Weekday

    Weekday white throw on dress
    Best dresses under £50: Weekday

    Because who doesn’t love the ease of a throw-on dress? This Weekday cotton poplin offering will keep you feeling cool and looking cool all day long. 

    Shop white dress, £45, Weekday

  • H&M+

    H&M+ Pink ruffle dress
    Best dresses under £50: H&M+

    Pretty in pink never felt more apt. H&M+ pulls it out the bag for a summer dress that works for every occasion. Pair yours with cat-eye sunglasses for an added layer of glamour. 

    Shop pink dress, £34.99, H&M+

  • Asos

    Asos floral maxi dress with cut out back
    Best dresses under £50: Asos

    From the frills at the front to the cut-out detail at the back, Asos’ floral midi dress screams good times ahead. A classic shape that won’t ever go out of style - buy now and wear every summer. 

    Shop floral dress, £30, Asos

  • New Look

    New Look blue tiered dress
    Best dresses under £50: New Look

    A universally appealing shape, New Look’s cornflower blue summer dress is giving us all the holiday feels. Off-set the blue with stark white accessories for a city look. 

    Shop blue dress, £22.99, New Look 

  • & Other Stories

    & Other Stories mint green skater sundress
    Best dresses under £50: & Other Stories

    Pistachio ice cream, but make it fashion. We’ll take it. 

    Shop green dress, £45, & Other Stories

  • H&M

    H&M black strappy sundress
    Best dresses under £50: H&M

    Live your best Marianne life in this Normal People-inspired black sundress from H&M. For a real summer look add in some chunky gold hoops and leather flip flops. 

    Shop black dress, £34.99, H&M

  • Violeta

    Mango Violeta floral print dress
    Best dresses under £50: Violeta

    Florals for spring might not be groundbreaking but they are necessary. As is this midi dress from Mango’s plus-size brand, Violeta. 

    Shop floral dress, £45.99, Violeta 

  • Topshop

    Topshop green printed floral dress
    Best dresses under £50: Topshop

    If florals aren’t your bag, try out Topshop’s splatter print dress instead. We’ll be wearing ours with a 90s baguette bag and chunky dad sandals. 

    Shop midi dress, £39, Topshop

Images: Courtesy of brands 

Lead image: Mango Violeta 

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