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The best summer dresses to buy now and wear for all upcoming spring/summer outings

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Check out our edit of the best high street and designer midi, maxi and mini dresses available to shop now and wear all season. 

Now the mornings are brighter and the days are longer, you feel as though you have a little pep in your step. Although the torrential rain may be keeping us indoors, we’re lifting our spirits with thoughts of the sunshine-ready dress styles we can wear to every upcoming event.

The sartorial equivalent of an Aperol spritz, a summery dress is the ultimate wardrobe pick-me up. From mood-boosting colour block pieces to ditsy floral prints, we’ve found the dresses that are endlessly stylish but effortlessly easy to wear so you won’t feel like you’re overdoing it – even in your garden. In fact, we like to think that a chic new dress and a nostalgic summer playlist on full blast is the perfect way to spend any afternoon. 

From Zara’s hit dresses that’ll make you feel like you’re on holiday (even when you’re not) to Rixo’s investment offering, there’s always an excuse to dress up, feel your best and pack those leggings and hoodies away for a short while.

Whether you opt for a punchy mini, a universally flattering midi style or a printed maxi, there’s a dress that’ll suit everyone. Take a look at Stylist’s pick of the best feel-good summery dresses you’ll want to wear on repeat this spring/summer 2021

The best summery dresses to shop now

  • Sugarhill Brighton Tara Batik Tiered Sundress

    Sugarhill Boutique Lauretta Shirt Tiered Dress
    The Drop: Sugarhill Brighton Lauretta Shirt Tiered Dress

    If the recent heatwave taught us anything, it’s that you can never have too many strappy dresses. The ombré batik print reminds us of bucket-list holidays in Bali, while the crossover back detail adds an extra hit of interest without compromising the ability to wear a conventional bra underneath.

    Shop Sugarhill Brighton Tara Batik tiered dress, £58.50

  • Nooki Design Azul maxi dress

    Nooki Design Azul Maxi Dress
    The Drop: Nooki Design Azul Maxi Dress

    Available in three colours – pink, black, or khaki – Nooki London’s cotton maxi dress has everything we’re looking for in a summer dress. The V-neckline has delicate embroidery detail, while the floaty sleeves and long length create a breezy style that can be easily worn to your local’s beer garden as well as to the beach.

    Shop Nooki Design Azul maxi dress, £70

  • Naayib Midnight Floral Maxi Dress

    NAAYIB Midnight Floral Maxi Dress £79.00
    Best summery dresses

    This lightweight navy maxi dress is perfect for summer events and evenings with friends; simply add sandals or a kitten heel. Modest label Naayib also works with manufacturers who pay fair wages, provide a safe working environment, meaning you can look good while feeling good too. 

    Shop Naayib navy floral print dress, £79

  • Sugarhill Brighton dress

    Sugarhill Boutique Dress
    The Drop: Sugarhill Brighton Lauren Smock Dress

    Ultra-comfortable and ever-stylish, Sugarhill Brighton’s pink and raspberry tiger print dress is the one-stop essential every spring/summer wardrobe needs.

    Shop Sugarhill Brighton Lauren smock dress at The Drop, £68

  • Ganni dress

    Ganni dress
    Best summery dresses: Ganni

    One of the latest prints from Ganni, expect to see this rose print everywhere for spring. Try it out the Scandi way by wearing with your chunky stomper boots. 

    Shop silk stretch dress at Ganni, £375

  • Sika dress

    Sika dress
    Best summery dresses: Sika

    Looking for a summery ‘wow’ dress? Look no further. This printed style is handmade in Ghana and will make a statement any day of the week.

    Shop Aliyah dress at Sika, £195

  • Mango dress

    Mango dress
    Best summery dresses: Mango

    A black dress will never fail in the outfit department. This swishy style will look just as good with flip flops in high summer as it will with heeled boots.

    Shop belt dress at Mango, £49.99

  • Next/Mix dress

    Next/Mix dress
    Best summery dresses: Next/Mix

    The ultimate easy-to-throw-on-anytime dress, this Next/Mix style in green gingham has summer picnics written all over it. With a simple swap of the shoe, this dress will take you to any event this summer. 

    Shop Next/Mix gingham shirt dress at Next, £139

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