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15 yellow dresses that will make you feel happy about the heatwave

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It’s time to welcome the yellow dress into your wardrobe. 

Summer is here and we couldn’t be happier. Want to know what brings us even more joy? New dresses.  We’re fully aware this may mean dusting off the razor and adding lashings of moisturiser to get prepped, but we’re ready. So much so, we’ve found dresses that are just too summery to be teamed with trusty opaques (sorry tights). Spotted all over the catwalks at the likes of Oscar De La Renta and Sonia Rykiel for s/s 2019, yellow dresses are ideal for summer soirées and easy breezy daytime looks when the sun is shining.

Whether you go for a soft buttery pastel or a punchy zesty lemon hue, they all get the seal of approval as long as they’re yellow. There’s a shade that’ll suit every skin tone, and we’ve found a dress that’ll suit every style. From Ganni’s subtle floral midi dress that would be the perfect plus one to any wedding, to the puff sleeved dress from the new Rixo collection, there really is a yellow frock for everyone. 

It’s one of those colours that is so easily complimented by a red lipstick clash, looks ideal with tan shoes and can be worn to any occasion. Scroll down to see our top 15 yellow dresses – we guarantee they’ll put an instant smile on your face. 

  • Rixo Tammy ruffled floral-print silk-georgette dress

    Best yellow dresses: Rixo Tammy dress
    Best yellow dresses: Rixo Tammy dress

    When we found out Rixo’s new collection had landed we instantly headed to Net-a-Porter – of course, we weren’t disappointed. 

    This ditsy print, puff sleeved midi will work for anything from BBQs to wedding guest looks. 

    Rixo, £315

  • & Other Stories tropical flower jacquard wrap dress

    Best yellow dresses: & Other stories jacquard dress
    Best yellow dresses: & Other stories jacquard dress

    The wrap dress is the most universally flattering style and the usual tea dress style with sleeves has been updated to straps for summer.

    Whether you wear this for a night out or for day with sliders, you’ll wear it on repeat.

    & Other Stories, £69

  • Staud ruched gingham crepe dress

    Best yellow dresses: Staud gingham midi dress
    Best yellow dresses: Staud gingham midi dress

    Name a more perfect wedding guest dress? We’ll wait. Okay, there isn’t one because we have found it. The super flattering ruched detail, cropped sleeves and ruffle hem equals perfection.

    Staud, £250

  • Mango wrap polka dot dress

    Best yellow dresses: Mango yellow polka dot dress
    Best yellow dresses: Mango yellow polka dot dress

    Polka dots are key for summer, in fact they’re key for pretty much all seasons. Opt for a yellow wrap mini and you’ll basically look like summer in an outfit.

    Mango, £39.99

  • Simply Be yellow bardot broderie dress

    Best yellow dresses: Simply Be Bardot dress
    Best yellow dresses: Simply Be Bardot dress

    When you get to wear an off-the-shoulder dress, it’s officially summer. Style this Broderie beauty with espadrille sandals and a raffia bag.

    Note: it’s also available in sizes 12-26.

    Simply Be, £49

Ganni Knotted floral-print satin maxi dress

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Best yellow dresses: Ganni maxi dress

You’ve got the wedding invites in the diary, now you’ve got your guest outfit sorted. The silky fabric, subtle print and flattering length will make for the dream dress on the big day. Note: be prepared for everyone to ask you where you got it from. 

£185, Ganni

H&M button-front dress

Best yellow dresses: H&M floral dress
Best yellow dresses: H&M floral dress

The ruffle strap detail, button-down style and drop hem flare is what makes this style the perfect summer dress. Add to this the fact it’s under £30 and we can’t fault it. 

£29.99, H&M

Preen By Thornton Bregazzi Louise floral-print stretch-jersey midi dress

Image of Preen By Thornton Bregazzi Louise floral-print stretch-jersey midi dress
Best yellow dresses: Preen By Thornton Bregazzi floral dress

Florals for spring – groundbreaking. Luckily, we never get bored of florals for any occasion and this ruched detail dress in a soft yellow will see you through every summer event year after year. 

£250, Preen By Thornton Bregazzi at Matchesfashion

& Other Stories midi wrap dress

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Best yellow dresses: & Other Stories yellow shirt dress

The wrap dress is the universally flattering style that suits practically everyone. We’ll just call it a hero frock, and this one is so effortless it’ll be a winner however you wear it. 

£75, & Other Stories

Self Portrait off-the-shoulder crepe dress

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Best yellow dresses: Self Portrait off-the-shoulder dress

You’ve probably already spotted this pretty print on your Instagram feed. So many influencers have already been wearing the many dress styles from Self Portrait, but we predict this off-the-shoulder beauty will sellout immediately if those puff sleeves and flattering front split has anything to do with it. 

£320, Self Portrait

Sara Battaglia v-neck fringed-sleeve wrap dress

Image of Sara Battaglia v-neck fringed-sleeve wrap dress
Best yellow dresses: Sara Battaglia wrap dress

If you’ve got a special event to go to, or you’re just feeling kinda fancy then we have the dress to suit you. The fringed sleeves and belt detail takes this sunshine shade number to new heights on the stylish scale. Note: it’s worth the extra spend with how many times you’ll find a way to wear it. 

£8404, Sara Battaglia

Zara slip dress with straps

Best yellow dresses: Zara slip dress
Best yellow dresses: Zara slip dress

Ah the slip, the iconic Nineties dress that keeps on giving. This season its been given a multi-strap, ruched detail update and we love it even more. Team with trainers or chunky dad sandals for day, switch to mules for evening. 

£25.99, Zara

Derek Lam asymmetric checked cotton and wool-blend dress

Image of Derek Lam asymmetric checked cotton and wool-blend dress
Best yellow dresses: Derek Lam dress

Checks are one of those prints that’ll never date, this is one of the reasons we have a lot of love for Derek Lam and this ruffle hem dress. It’s on the expensive side, but believe us when we say it’ll stay in your wardrobe for a lifetime. 

£1,698, Derek Lam

Topshop broderie mini dress

Best yellow dresses: Topshop broderie mini dress
Best yellow dresses: Topshop broderie mini dress

The square neckline is a 2019 micro trend that can’t, and shouldn’t, be ignored. Flattering on all chest sizes the shape of this mini takes after the milkmaid style we’ve been raving about, here

Topshop, £39

Stine Goya reflection polka-dot satin midi wrap dress

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Best yellow dresses: Stine Goya spotty dress

Ticking off two trends in one, polka dots are key this season. Let the contrasting belt do the talking and just add midi mules and a beaded bag to complete for any occasion. All hail the printed wrap dress. 

£310, Stine Goya

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