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10 best floral dresses for summer: The blooming lovely styles you need in your wardrobe

Summer is here and these floral dresses are not to be missed…

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Leanne Bayley
Leanne BayleyDirector of Lifestyle & Commerce
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Summer is here. Ok, the weather keeps changing its mind when it comes to giving us rain or sun, but the temperatures are quite mild. The summer season is one of our favourites when it comes to fashion – cue pastels, denim and of course, the timeless floral dress. 

With Marks & Spencer, ASOS, New Look, River Island and more of our go-to brands offering the dreamiest styles for summer, we've been browsing the high street in search of the most fabulous floral dresses. Keep scrolling for our top picks!

Celebrities wearing floral dresses

Sofia Carson, Jenna Coleman, Issa Rae & the Duchess of Edinburgh all rocking floral dresses
Sofia Carson, Jenna Coleman, Issa Rae & the Duchess of Edinburgh all rocking floral dresses

How to style a floral dress for summer?

When it comes to styling a floral dress for summer, the possibilities are endless! Style with a denim jacket, if it's a bit chilly, or you might opt for a timeless trench coat

As for shoes, box-fresh white trainers will create an effortlessly cool feel, while ankle boots will lend your floral dress a smart and polished edge. Our final piece of advice is to accessorise with confidence. 

How we chose the best floral dresses

  • Price: I've searched high and low for floral dresses to match all budgets, from £25 for a high street florals to £325 for a designer buy.
  • Variety: You might be after a floral maxi dress or a mini dress or just a casual dress to wear for work. I tried to mix up the edit to cater for more people. There's also plus size options in the mix, too. 
  • Trusted brands: All the brands I've chosen are trusted brands I, or members of the HELLO! team, swear by; we've not tried on all of the products but the brands are some of our favourites, so quality should be high.

Why you should trust me 

I have loved floral dresses for years! In fact, my favourite has to be this shirt dress from Zara. I love that I can dress it down for a holiday with flat shoes or dress it up with a pair of heels. It's also fun to accessorise with - I tend to pick out the boldest shade from a floral dress and just go wild with it. Here's a photo of me twirling while on holiday. 

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Best floral dresses for summer 2023

  • H&M floral dress

    H&M Floral Smock Dress

    Editor's Note

    I adore this dress - especially the balloon sleeves, ideal if you're anything like me and doesn't love having their arms out on show all the time. 

    H&M''s floral dress offering is a beauty - and for less than £40. Incredible. The ankle length dress features a flattering smocking detail at the top. 

  • M&S green floral dress

    Marks & Spencer Floral Dress In Green

    Editor's Note

    After watching Princess Kate at Wimbledon, I've got a thing for green. Is it just me or can you totally imagine her wearing this simple, but flattering, floral shirt dress?!

    Marks & Spencer's affordable floral dress comes in petite, regular and tall - and the dress goes up to size 24. The striking print isn't too woah-in-your-face and the  midaxi-length skirt features godets for plenty of breezy movement. 

  • Karen Millen floral dress plus size model

    Karen Millen Floral Dress (Plus Size)

    Editor's Note

    Wow, this dress features two of my favourite designs; floral and tie-dye. Simply gorgeous. I think this would make a great wedding guest dress and thanks to all the colours on it you can match accordingly. Personally I'd amp up the orange and wear bright accessories. 

    This Karen Millen plus size dress features a concise tailored bodice and a softly pleated skirt. And what's more, it's washable. 

  • & Other Stories floral dress in green

    & Other Stories Floral Dress In Green

    Editor's Note

    Isn't the styling dreamy on this dress from & Other Stories. From the earrings to the flat slider shoes, it's just perfection. I think the puff sleeves elevate this dress to next level territory. 

    You'll have to act fast if you want this dress. It's also available in two other colourways but they are both selling out fast. 

  • Phase Eight floral dress

    Phase Eight Floral Dress

    Editor's Note

    I really wanted to feature the maxi version of this dress (it's seriously stunning) but alas, it was selling out at the speed of light. This pattern is beautiful and timeless. 

    The design in this dress was hand painted by Phase Eight's in-house design team. The keyhole neckline adds a unique touch to the design and you're event-ready.

  • asos floral dress

    ASOS Edition Pansy Floral Dress

    Editor's Note

    I first saw this dress on Samantha Faiers' Instagram and she most definitely sold it to me. I thought it looked so fancy that it would be a little designer number.  

    ASOS is serving up the goods with this lilac floral dress. The pansy embroidery mixed with beaded mesh equals a summer hit. 

  • River Island floral cami dress

    River Island Floral Cami Dress

    Editor's Note

    I love the subtle pop of colour to this dress, and it's giving me summer date night vibes. I would style it exactly like the model but I'd maybe add an oversized blazer for cool-girl vibes.

    A cowl neckline is having a moment right now, and thanks to the adjustable straps on this dress, you can customise it to fit you in the best way possible. 

  • rixo floral dress

    Rixo Camellia Floral Dress

    Editor's Note

    I love RIXO, it's just one of those brands that seems so timeless and I love the story of how two best friends from University created a brand women love to wear. If you're not familiar with the designs, expect hand-painted prints, premium materials and vintage-inspired silhouettes.

    The Camellia dress is an iconic RIXO style as it's one of the dresses that started the business. This new blue floral print is inspired by a vintage 1970s sample that Design Director and Co-Founder Orlagh sourced from Paris and reimagined.

  • Mango Floral Dress

    Mango Floral Textured Dress

    Editor's Note

    A stunning floral creation from Mango for summer. I love the textured fabric and I would really make the orange pop with matching orange accessories.

    If you enjoy wearing floral dresses, this one will be for you. Plus size is also available.

  • Monsoon floral dress

    Monsoon Floral Shirt Dress

    Editor's Note

    This is for someone who wants to wear a dress that's bold, bright and beautifully patterned with rose print. Team with a bright pink lipstick. 

    Stand out amongst crowded events in the Jordann dress. Designed in sustainable viscose, a deep purple hue spills through the backdrop alongside a tropical print, whilst pink frill trims define the neckline, cuffs and button placket. Alter the shape with the optional, contrasting belt.

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