10 yellow dresses that will make you feel instantly happy

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

If there’s one thing that’ll make us feel like warm months are approaching, it’s braving bare legs. We’re fully aware this may mean dusting off the razor and adding lashings of moisturizer, 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.

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 H&M+ linen number that’s just made for the beach (it’s also available up to size 30, FYI). Yes, 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 10 yellow dresses – we guarantee they’ll put an instant smile on your face. 

Ganni Knotted floral-print satin maxi dress

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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. 

£370, Ganni

H&M+ Linen-blend dress

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With spring, comes linen fabrics – finally. Reach for a classic strappy button down dress and you can’t go wrong – this one comes in sizes 16-30 and looks so good with a straw bag and trainers. 

£24.99, 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

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. 

£650, Preen By Thornton Bregazzi at Matchesfashion

& Other Stories midi wrap dress

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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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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

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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. 

£808, Sara Battaglia

Zara striped dress with pockets

An easy throw-on-anytime outfit can be something that saves us everyday on the rush to catch the train. This is why a shirt dress never fails. Team this candy striped number with box fresh trainers (to be able to run to said train). 

£39.99, Zara

Derek Lam asymmetric checked cotton and wool-blend dress

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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 yellow embroidered panel satin slip dress

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Ah the slip dress. We never tire of how effortless it is to wear, or how it makes us feel like we’re giving a well justified nod to the Nineties. The hint of sequins is what will make you want to take this satin style on a night out, to a wedding, or basically anywhere you fancy feeling a little bit dressy. 

£75, Topshop

Stine Goya reflection polka-dot satin midi wrap dress

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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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