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

  • Emily & Fin mint gingham dress

    Emily & Fin Bree Mint Gingham Dress
    The Drop: Emily & Fin Bree Mint Gingham Dress

    Available with a 10% discount exclusively on The Drop, Emily and Fin’s Bree dress is the ultimate easy-to-wear staple, thanks to its user-friendly style. Adjustable straps? Tick. Lined bodice? Tick. Concealed side zip? It’s got them all. Whether you’re heading to Margate or Mallorca, this is the dress your suitcase needs.

    Shop Emily & Fin Bree mint gingham dress at The Drop by Stylist, £80.10

  • 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

  • Marks and Spencer dress

    Marks and Spencer dress
    Best summery dresses: Marks and Spencer

    Trust Marks and Spencer to not only deliver Percy Pigs in abundance but also create an array of dreamy summer dresses. The do-it-all high street hero has nailed the ‘throw on anytime’ midi style. 

    Shop printed dress at Marks and Spencer, £39.50

  • 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

  • Coast dress

    Coast dress
    Best summery dresses: Coast

    The humble smock dress is one of those styles that’ll serve you well for spring. Wear this khaki number from Coast with boots for now and switch to platform flip flops with a straw bag for summer. 

    Shop poplin smock dress at Coast, £59

  • Amylynn dress

    Amylynn dress
    Best summery dresses: Amylynn

    This punchy pink mini will look so good with strappy tie-up sandals and an oversized basket bag. A look that’ll make us feel like we are on our summer hols, even if we’re not there yet. 

    Shop Jagger dress at Amylynn, £75

  • 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

  • Misa Los Angeles dress

    Misa Los Angeles dress
    Best summery dresses: Misa Los Angeles

    This long-sleeved floral dress is the perfect throw-on style. Easy and comfortable, yet super chic and put together. It’s a winner all round. 

    Shop Misa Los Angeles Vida dress at Revolve, £375

  • Zara dress

    Zara dress
    Best summery dresses: Zara

    This perfect printed dress is so good for summer soirées. Imagine this with tan sandals and a clashing orange bag and golden jewellery. Swoon. 

    Shop printed dress at Zara, £59.99

  • Reformation dress

    The Reformation dress
    Best summery dresses: The Reformation

    A white frock is just as versatile as the classic black dress. This embroidered style by LA brand Reformation is making us dream of warmer days. 

    Shop Bayley dress at Reformation, £320

  • 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

  • Paisie floral bardot dress

    Paisie Floral Bardot Dress
    The Drop: Paisie Floral Bardot Dress

    When it’s not warm enough for a strappy dress, floaty off-the-shoulder styles are your summer wardrobe saviour. Even better, this bardot dress from Paisie is available at an exclusive 15% off on The Drop.

    Shop Paisie floral bardot dress at The Drop by Stylist, £81

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