The most stylish summer dresses to keep you cool through the heatwave

The summer styles you need in your life

Laura Sutcliffe

Summer fashion is our favourite – it's always light, flowing, brightly-coloured and easy to pack in your bags when you jet off. The warmer months are a great time to invest in a dress or two, and you can be as daring as you like; think fresh ice-cream colours, holiday stripes and tropical prints. Accessorise with pom pom baskets, statement earrings, and a pair of glam shades and you are ready to hit the beach, a rooftop bar, or even a chic garden party. Whether you want a high street steal or a designer number, we have the perfect summer dress for your wardrobe (or your suitcase!)…

£18, F&F @ Tesco

Cobalt blue is such an eye-catching shade and this ditzy-printed number from F&F at Tesco nails multiple trends in one hit, including ruffles and florals. Plus, it even comes with a cute tie-waist to define your shape.

£49.99, H&M

A longer length dress is instantly chic and can be dressed up or down with a belt and high heels. This design comes in blush pink or navy and has been created with puff sleeves and elegant cuffs. And who could resist this blooming lovely print?

£17.99, H&M

Is there anything easier to wear in the heat than a Bardot top? Made even more popular by a certain Duchess of Sussex, the-off-the-shoulder neckline shows off a bit of shoulder cleavage and the stripes give it that nautical nod.

£385, Three Floor

If you have a late summer wedding invite, this mint green lace number by Three Floor should be the top of your list. It's uber-light, has the most intricate of embellishments and would give your '#OOTD' an extra special stance.

£39.99, Zara

Summer gives us the perfect excuse to rock a bit of embroidery! We are loving this round neck design from Zara in the palest blue and the contrasting navy sewn certainly detail packs a punch. Team with espadrilles and a raffia tote and you are ready to roll.

£59, Topshop

Release your inner hippy with this stunning, boho-style dress. Featuring a pleated midi skirt, pastel tones and the prettiest petal detail - what more could you want?

£8, Primark

Since the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Sussex wore the zesty shade recently – yellow is back on the fashion map and this sunshine style would look great with perplex earrings and splash of red lipstick.

£345, Self Portrait

A spotty print? Check. Ruffled detail? Check. Sexy spaghetti straps? Check check check. Made from Swiss-dot chiffon, the crocheted trims on this evening dress would totally match your strawberry daiquiri. Team with gold strappy sandals and a fancy cocktail ring.

£275, L.K.Bennett

Go gingham this summer with this dark green design from L.K.Bennett. This ensemble is completely sleeveless which is great for beating the heat. Wear with a pair of ballet pumps and a smart tote bag for Jackie O style on the go.

£15, Peacocks

Because it just wouldn’t be a summer dress edit without a bit of palm tree print now, would it? This tropical teaser is ideal weekend wear with its scoop neckline and back bar detail. Accompanying Aperol Spritz optional…

£490, Teija Eilola @ Young British Designers

We love the toffee tone of this gorgeous checked dress – especially as its cut with a graduated hem and on-trend bell sleeves. The perfect summer style to work when it gets that little but cooler, but still light enough for the daytime. Add gold bangles and a straw hat for the ultimate in Rivera chic.

£140, Skeena S @ Very

This dress totally gives us Amalfi Coast vibes – how gorgeous is the tile print? We love the tulip shape and mini hem – it's all kinds of outfit goals. All you need is a gold accessories and you will totally work that OOTD in style.

£247.50, Flagpole

If you are stuck at what to pack into your overnight bag, we have the perfect solution. This number by Flagpole is lightweight and airy and easy to throw on before you head to the pool or the beach and would work equally as well with statement earrings and sandals for a romantic dinner.

£10, 10 Store

We adore this cornflower blue mini dress that would great for both work and after office drinks. It has the cutest applique ruffle detail and delicate spaghetti straps that can be adjusted depending how you wish to wear it.  

£165, Ghost @qvcuk.com

For those days when it's a bit cooler – this gorgeous design by Ghost is just what the weatherman ordered. We love the sheer sleeves, ruffled cross-over neckline and charming waist-tie belt. We think this would look fabulous for wedding – especially if you added a floral hairclip.

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