The best summer dresses to buy now and wear in your garden

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A cool summer dress is an instant mood booster, fuss free and on trend. Stylist has found the best styles to fill your day with joy.

Now the mornings are brighter and the days are longer, you feel as though you have a little pep in your step. Though we’re still staying inside, we’re lifting our spirits with thoughts of the sunshine-ready styles, and that will last us until our next summer holiday. 

The sartorial equivalent of an Aperol spritz, a summer 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 a socially distanced park visit. 

From H&M’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 puff sleeve, wrap or off-the-shoulder maxi dresses, there’s a style that’ll suit everyone. Take a look at the Stylist pick of the best feel-good summer dresses that won’t blow the budget - wear in your garden/balcony/or local park. 

The best summer dresses to shop now

  • Rixo

    Best Summer dresses: Rixo floral dress
    Best Summer dresses: Rixo floral dress

    Rixo dresses are worth the investment, buy now love forever. This cult buy will look great with everything from your Birkenstocks to your square-toe heels

    Shop dress, £305, Rixo

  • & Other Stories

    Best summer dresses: & Other Stories black dress
    Best summer dresses: & Other Stories black dress

    An LBD is a wardrobe staple, this linen puff sleeve style from & Other Stories is a great workwear option. Try with backless loafers.

    Shop dress, £95, & Other Stories

  • River Island

    Best Summer dresses: Mustard dress River Island
    Best Summer dresses: Mustard dress River Island

    This off-the-shoulder style from River Island, will look great with stappy tie up sandals and an oversized basket bag, a look that’ll make us feel like we are on our summer hols.

    Shop dress, £38, River Island

  • Mango

    Best Summer dresses: Striped Mango dress
    Best Summer dresses: Striped Mango dress

    This striped dress, it the perfect throw-on style. Easy and comfortable yet super chic and put together. Win win. 

    Shop dress, £49.99, Mango

  • H&M

    Best Summer dresses: Pale blue dress H&M
    Best Summer dresses: Pale blue dress H&M

    Off-the-shoulder styles are definitely trending, try this voluminous textured dress with your comfy Teva sandals to toughen up your look. 

    Shop dress, £39.99, H&M

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