Summer fashion 2022: 27 best easy dresses
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29 easy summer dresses that are far from boring

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These are officially the best summer dresses to wear during the current sunny season.

Given the recent heatwave in the UK, easy-to-throw-on pieces have become an increasingly appealing style for summer.

Rising to fame in 2019, Sleeper’s Atlanta dress arguably cornered the easy-to-throw-on-while-still-looking-chic summer dress market. The brand amassed a cult following shortly afterwards, and by 2022, many designers and high street names were following in its wake, producing dresses that can be worn with ease. This summer has graced us with plentiful styles that are as easy on the eye as they are on the skin. The dresses on offer come in mini and midi lengths but they all have a commonality – a fuss-free appeal and fabrics most associated with summer: linen and cotton.

When looking for an easy summer dress, shaping is imperative for giving that effortless vibe and that is reflected in this summer trend forecast. Many styles are billowy, smocked dresses with rounded necklines and voluminous sleeves; others reference the classic styles best associated with 90s fashion and Parisian style. 

Keep on reading for our edit of 29 easy summer dresses to stock up on to help contend with the summer heat. From oversized spaghetti strap dresses in light cotton voiles to crochet styles and barely-there mini dresses, there is something for everyone. 

  • Omnes Thora maxi dress

    Summer fashion 2022: 27 best easy dresses
    Omnes Thora maxi dress

    An easy-to-throw-on style with a square neckline and full skirt. Simply add slip-on sandals and jewellery for a complete look.

    Shop Omnes Thora maxi dress, £59

  • Baserange Dydine linen maxi dress

    Summer fashion 2022: 27 best easy dresses
    Baserange Dydine linen maxi dress

    Baserange is a go-to for easy-to-wear styles. The latest release, a lightweight linen maxi in the chocolate-brown colour of the year, is guaranteed to withstand the test of time.

    Shop Baserange Dydine linen maxi dress at FarFetch, £95

  • Lora Gene Marigold slip dress

    Summer fashion 2022: 27 best easy dresses
    Lora Gene Marigold midi slip silk dress

    Among a host of minimalist staples, Lora Gene produces excellent, sustainable slip dresses. The silk is cut on the bias, to ease the flow of movement.

    Shop Lora Gene Marigold slip dress, £179

  • Matteau shirred panel lace up dress

    Summer fashion 2022: 27 best easy dress
    Matteau shirred-panel lace-up dress

    If ever you’re looking for a poplin cotton dress to withstand high temperatures, then look no further than Matteau. The shirred bodice juxtaposed with flowing cotton is the perfect pairing for a summer’s day.

    Shop Matteau shirred-panel lace-up dress at Farfetch, £534

  • No More Studios linen dress

    Summer fashion 2022: 27 best easy dresses
    No More Studios linen dress

    No More Studios is a small made to measure brand with a refined collection. The linen dress is an apt summer dress as not only is the textile moisture-wicking, but it also features drop armholes. The ruched neckline is an additional flattering feature.

    Shop No More Studios linen dress, £85

  • Lama Jouni green asymmetrical dress

    Summer fashion 2022: 27 best easy dresses
    Lama Jouni green asymmetrical dress

    Bright bursts of apple green are perfect for feel-good fashion in the summer. Wear this draped dress with minimal mules and a basket bag for optimal style points.

    Shop Lama Jouni green asymmetrical dress at Browns Fashion, £195

  • Warehouse plus-size tie dye voile dress

    Summer fashion 2022: 27 best easy dresses
    Warehouse plus size tie dye midi dress

    Tie-dye made a comeback in 2019, and it remains a summer favourite. It’s a match to behold on this airy cotton voile. Blue footwear rounds off the look but it’ll look equally chic with tan ankle-strap sandals.

    Shop Warehouse plus size tie dye voile dress, £71

  • Mango ruffle gown

    Summer fashion 2022: 27 best easy dresses
    Mango ruffle gown

    This dress features ample details, from puffball sleeves to tiered lengths. Pair this with brown heeled mules, a matching bag and bold jewellery.

    Shop Mango ruffle gown, £60

  • Jigsaw cotton plisse dress

    Summer fashion 2022: 27 best easy dresses
    Jigsaw cotton plisse dress

    This dress has a subdued Parisian lilt, from the white border to the streamlined fit. Pair it with a woven leather bag to complete a French-inspired look.

    Shop Jigsaw cotton plisse dress, £94

  • Skin Barrie shirred cotton-voile midi dress

    Summer fashion 2022: 27 best easy dresses
    Skin Barrie shirred cotton-voile midi dress

    The shirred waist panel is a modern feature on many dresses this year. It cuts accessorising time by half as you needn’t worry about a belt. Prop the shoulders high or low, depending on your preference.

    Shop Skin Barrie shirred cotton-voile midi dress at Net A Porter, £84

  • Three Graces London Flossie off-the-shoulder shirred Swiss-dot cotton maxi dress

    Summer fashion 2022: 27 best easy dresses
    Three Graces London Flossie Off the Shoulder Dress

    Polka dots are timeless, and the dainty Swiss-dot iteration is an elevated pattern as compared to bold polka dots. From work to picnics with friends, this is a look that will always suffice.

    Shop Three Graces London Flossie off-the-shoulder shirred  maxi dress at Net A Porter, £260

  • Arkitaip the Gerda ruffled slip dress

    Summer fashion 2022: 27 best easy dresses
    Arkitaip Gerda maxi dress

    If you’re after a linen dress, then look no further than Arkitaip – a sustainable brand that offers classic styles in 100% Oeko-Tex-certified linen. The latest evergreen collection is versatile and fresh with an injection of colour – a candied lavender hue – and will be magic for days at the beach. It’s also available in black.

    Shop Arkitaip Gerda ruffled slip dress, £235

  • Sisterhood Katie dress

    Summer fashion 2022: 27 best easy dresses
    Sisterhood Katie dress

    A mini slip dress in this year’s cocoa hue is a stellar choice. The skimming cut will pair beautifully with juxtaposing chunky flip-flops for a pinch of androgyny.

    Shop Sisterhood Katie dress, £70

  • Kai Collective Gaia dress

    Summer fashion 2022: 27 best easy dresses
    Kai Collective Gaia dress

    Kai Collective’s Gaia dresses are cult for a reason; they’re perfect for wearing with slides on holiday or with a heeled sandal for a summery occasion.

    Shop Kai Collective Gaia dress, £180

  • Boden halterneck linen midi dress

    Summer fashion 2022: 27 best easy dresses
    Boden halterneck linen midi dress

    Boden has recently restocked its sell-out halter dress in UK sizes 6-22. Featuring an A-line skirt with halter neck detailing, this is a modern-day Breakfast At Tiffany’s dress.

    Shop Boden halterneck linen midi dress, £120

  • Deiji Studios the blousy linen dress

    Summer fashion 2022: 27 best easy summer dresses
    Deiji Studios Blousy linen dress

    Deiji Studios are masters of transitional pieces that can be worn in and outside of the home. The additional appeal of the blousy dress is how much of an easy-wearing style it is. It’s exceptionally roomy, so size down for an accurate fit.

    Shop Deiji Studios Blousy dress, £182

  • Beyond Nine Winnie wrap dress

    Summer fashion 2022: 27 best easy summer dresses
    Beyond Nine Winnie wrap dress

    Luckily for us, Beyond Nine’s Winnie dress is back in black. Wrap dresses are an easy style for the summer and if you’re unsure of where to start, a classic black wrap will never steer you wrong. Wear it with fisherman sandals during the summer and switch that out for ankle boots come autumn.

    Shop Beyond Nine Winnie dress, £149

  • Bernadette Matthieu floral-print cotton-blend maxi dress

    Summer fashion 2022: 27 best easy dresses
    Bernadette Matthieu floral-print cotton-blend maxi dress

    Mother-daughter duo Bernadette releases the easiest-wearing styles with a bohemian essence. The dainty floral embroidery lends itself to summertime wearing, but you can also squeeze wear out of it in the autumn months with the addition of suede knee-high boots.

    Shop Bernadette Matthieu floral-print cotton-blend maxi dress at Matches Fashion, £740

  • Franks London Delilah dress

    Summer fashion 2022: 27 best easy dresses
    Franks Delilah dress

    A summer dress for modest dressers with applique floral adornments. The rounded neckline and voluminous sleeves give this a modern look. This would also make a wonderful wedding guest dress.

    Shop Franks London Delilah dress at Franks London, £210

  • Birdsong green reclaimed slip dress

    Summer fashion 2022: 27 best easy dresses
    Birdsong green reclaimed slip dress

    An easy-wearing slip dress made from deadstock. Unlike most slip dresses, the sleeves are adjustable, so you can wear the plunged neckline as high or low as you desire. This design is available in UK sizes 6-30.

    Shop Birdsong green reclaimed slip dress, £145

  • The Mie Phi Phi dress

    Summer fashion 2022: 27 best easy dresses
    The Mie Phi Phi dress

    The Mie produces made-to-measure linen frocks with intricate handwoven detailing. The double cuffed sleeve gives the allusion of ruching, which adds to the element of informality.

    Shop The Mie Phi Phi dress, £270     

  • Arket lyocell strap dress

    Summer fashion 2022: 27 best easy dresses
    Arket lyocell strap dress

    Not only is lyocell a conscious fabric, but it’s also a lightweight fibre for hot weather days. The high neck feature enhances the column-like design of the dress. This dress can be worn casually or dressed up for an evening out. Add a linen shirt over the top for an even more pared-back look.

    Shop Arket lyocell dress, £59

  • River Island Plus broderie maxi dress

    Summer fashion 2022: 27 best easy dresses
    River Island Plus broderie maxi dress

    It wouldn’t be a summer edit without broderie anglaise. The tiered length and empire bust hem offers some additional shaping.

    Shop River Island Plus broderie maxi dress, £55

  • Cos Linen blend puff sleeve dress

    Summer fashion 2022: 27 best easy dresses
    COS linen blend puff sleeve dress

    This navy off-the-shoulder number has puffed sleeves, elasticated trims and discreet side-seam pockets. If you’re looking to style it in a casual manner, remove the waist belt and wear it as a blouson sleeve smock. The addition of antique-hued leather goods will round off this look entirely.

    Shop Cos Linen blend puff sleeve dress, £89

  • Arket seersucker maxi dress

    Summer fashion 2022: 27 best easy dresses
    Arket seersucker maxi dress

    This Grecian style maxi is a forever piece for your wardrobe. The seersucker detail and scoop back add an element of intrigue – while looking almost entirely effortless.

    Shop Arket seersucker maxi dress, £79

  • Loud Bodies Jane cotton dress

    Summer fashion 2022: 27 best easy dresses
    Loud Bodies Jane cotton dress

    Although this dress has dramatic shaping through the silhouette, it’s a piece that can be thrown on quite easily. It’s guaranteed to be a hard-working piece in your wardrobe for years to come.

    Shop Loud Bodies Jane dress, £172

  • Sleeper Atlanta dress

    Summer fashion 2022: best easy dresses
    Sleeper Atlana midi dress

    Quite frankly, Sleeper has cornered the easy-wearing slip-on summer dress market. Not only does this dress feature fanciful detailing, but it’s also crafted from sustainable European flax so you can rest assured it’ll be an airy summer staple.

    Shop Sleeper Atlanta dress at Net-a-Porter, £262

  • Re/Done 70s v-neck babydoll dress

    Summer fashion 2022: 27 best easy dresses
    Re/Done 70s vneck babydoll dress

    Paisley print is a nod to the style of the 70s. This mini also features the most sought-after hue of 2022 – sage green. Pair with tan clogs for a head-to-toe vintage look.

    Shop Re/Done 70s v-neck babydoll dress, £365

  • Wat The Brand short sleeve tiered dress

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    Wat The Label short sleeve tiered dress

    A wafty tiered style with a square neckline is the perfect picnic day dress. Dress it up with clogs in the evening.

    Shop Wat The Brand short sleeve tiered dress, £85

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