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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Boden’s pink summer dress is perfect for those heading back into the office and needing an injection of seasonal workwear into their wardrobe.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
Florals for spring might not be groundbreaking but they are necessary. As is this midi dress from Mango’s plus-size brand, Violeta.
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.
Images: Courtesy of brands
Lead image: Mango Violeta