Whether you’ve got an indoor dinner in the diary, or are sticking to al-fresco hangs for now, these six dresses will keep your summer style on point for all occasions…
While the weather might still be decidedly hit and miss, indoor pub and restaurant bookings are back on the menu, which is giving us hope that this summer is going to be more fun than the last one.
And so to the next order of business…. what are you going to wear?
Well, after a year spent almost exclusively in tracksuits, floaty, sun-ready summer dresses are going to be our go-to for the foreseeable, which is why we’ve picked out six sure-fire winners to suit any social occasion you might have lined up over the next few months.
Read on to decide which one you’re going to wear for your first meal out or your next trip to the beer garden… brolly optional.
1. The v-neck midi
A gauzy cotton midi you could dress up for dinner out, or keep casual for your next park meet-up.
Tied sleeves and a flattering cinched waistband make it a good everyday option for all body types, while a choice of 11 colourways means you’re sure to find one that suits your preferred palette.
2. The floral dress
Fluttery capped sleeves and an embroidered square neckline add structure to this loose, billowy silhouette.
The kind of floaty, floral number that’s begging to be taken for riverside drinks.
3. The summery mini
Whether you’re braving a foreign holiday (fingers crossed) or joining the throng down in Cornwall, this wide-sleeved mini is perfect beach attire.
Slouchy and crinkly with a scoop back and (wonder of wonders) pockets, it’s our go-to choice for warm-weather lounging.
4. The shirt dress
If the spectre of office working is bringing you out in a cold sweat, this v-neck midi should help ease you back in gently.
Smart enough to wear to work, but casual enough to take you through to the after-hours drinks you’re mainly going back for…
5. The scoop neck midi
The oversize trend isn’t going anywhere fast, and we’re loving the puffed sleeves and drawstring neckline detailing on this shapeless silhouette.
Pair it with some crisp white trainers to enter full summer goddess mode.
6. The smock dress
Super-feminine and easy to chuck on, whatever you have on the agenda, the smock dress is the ultimate summer utility option.
We’re in love with this classic a-line silhouette with delicate button-up detailing, ruffle trim and balloon-style sleeves – picnic chic par excellence.
Ready to update your summer wardrobe? Free People’s collection of summer-ready dresses, from pretty minis to throw-on maxis, have you covered. Expect billowy silhouettes, with feminine details like cut out backs, statement prints, puff sleeves, ditsy florals and ruffle trims – all hand-touched and designed in-house at its Philadelphia headquarters.