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The best summer dresses that are perfect for your 2024 holiday

These stylish pieces deserve a place on your getaway packing list...


Assortment of holiday dresses
Orin Carlin
Content Writer
Updated: May 22, 2024
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Summer is no longer a distant memory, but officially an exciting, impending fashion prospect. You heard it here first. 

Holding your breath in anticipation of a heatwave is probably a little premature, but we've got holidaying on the brain. 

Eager to get your 'fits in order ahead of the inevitable panic-pack? You're in the right place. 

MORE: Best designer sunglasses to add to your summer accessory arsenal

Hannah Romao sports a monochrome cut-out dress © Getty
Midriff cut-outs are having a moment

Whether you're counting down the days until island hopping with your pals or whiling away the hours thinking about your solo luxury spa retreat, all holidays are united by one key requirement. 

No, not your passport (although defo don't leave that on the kitchen table), rather every getaway requires an exhaustive packing list to ensure that 'gallivanting chic' is yours for the nailing.

Your suitcase is not complete without a bumper selection of holiday dresses – and this year, a seriously stylish crop awaits.

MORE: 11 stylish linen dresses to pack for a summer getaway

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Romee Strijd wearing a pale yellow sleeveless midi dress with black heels © Getty
No packing list is complete without a chic holiday dress

How we chose:

  • Style and holiday-appropriate: When combing through the internet's top fashion sites for the best pieces, we made sure that each of our picks felt chic, flattering and fit for SS24. Traditionalists dictate that holiday dresses ought to be floaty, lightweight and usually feature some form of skin-baring design element and while we've indulged that line of thought, we've also delivered on variety. 
  • Price: Whether you're planning on splashing out or bagging a bargain, we've got a summer dress in your price range. We've selected this season's best, ranging from high street brands to luxe designer labels.

Hello! Fashion shares the best holiday dresses for summer 2024: 

  • Best Holiday Dresses

    Blue short printed dress

    Sucré Porcelana Cutout Floral-Print Cotton-Poplin Mini Dress

    Agua by Agua Bendita

    Wear with...

    Mesh ballet flats. 

    Whimsical and categorically cute, this cotton-poplin Agua by Agua Bendita piece would make for a great wardrobe investment this summer. The print depicts elaborate floral tiles, very in keeping with the holiday vibe, and I love the flouncy hem alongside the trend-approved bow detailing. 

  • Brown mesh dress with midriff cutout

    Rey Cutout Cotton-Blend Maxi Dress

    Bananhot

    Wear with...

    Padded slides and a sleek topknot. 

    Steeped in sexy, 1970s-esque energy, this piece by Bananhot wouldn't have looked out of place in young Cher's outfit repertoire. The knitted construction gives it a semi-sheer effect, meaning it's ideal for slipping on over bikini bottoms for a quick beachside bar visit. 

  • Green puff sleeve dress

    Green Zendaya Midi Dress

    Wear with...

    Lime green strappy heels. 

    Nobody's Child is great for affordable elegance, and its 'Zendaya' dress would make for a super easy, no-thought-necessary wedding guest option. The empire line waist gives the illusion of an elongated figure and the voluminous sleeves are beautiful and billowy. 

  • Blue and white pinstripe shirt dress

    Sahra Maxi Shirt Dress

    Wear with...

    Platform mules and a glinting gold anklet. 

    No holiday packing list is complete without an easy-breezy shirt dress. Cut from 100% cotton, Hush's 'Sahra' design is a stellar choice. The pinstripe feels classic and enduring, and it can be style a multitude of ways: open over a swimsuit, belted for a casual lunch or with a bumbag and shades for sightseeing. 

  • Multi-coloured A-line dress

    Onde Jersey Minidress

    Pucci

    Wear with...

    Red espadrille wedges. 

    Pucci prints epitomise the height of Swinging Sixties glamour in my opinion, and this jersey mini is a case in point. Vibrate and luxe, this piece is a showstopper in its own right and would look great with poppy orange accessories. 

  • Blue and white strapless dress

    Ynisa Strapless Smocked Broderie Anglaise Cotton-Blend Midi Dress

    Charo Ruiz

    Wear with...

    Warm gold earrings and a scarlet lip. 

    Strapless necklines and warm weather go hand in hand like a summer dream, and I can't stop thinking about this piece by Charo Ruiz. Although I'm personally mad for broderie anglaise, I'm aware that without the right cut it can look a bit twee. I have no such concerns here. I love the how the blue embroidered accents work in combination with the geometric cut-outs for a sense of elegant depth.

  • Model wearing pink gingham dress

    Alina Dress

    Wear with...

    Tan leather sandals and a wicker tote.

    This beautiful soft pink, crinkle cut dress is such a pretty slip-on item that requires zero effort but still looks so chic. The adjustable shoulder ties give maximum comfort on the beach, but the frill hem means it can easily teamed with heels for evening drinks when the sun goes down.

  • Ditsy print slip dress with lace trims

    Lace-Trimmed Mesh Dress

    Wear with...

    Black square-toe mules and slicked back wet-look hair. 

    With a nostalgic 90s flair, this jersey slip by H&M is perfect if you're after a more low-key, figure-skimming holiday look. The lace trim around the neckline is super flattering and I like the unfussy appeal of the minuscule ditsy floral print.

  • Yellow ruffle neckline mini dress

    Matchmaker Ruched Linen Minidress

    Zimmermann

    Wear with...

    A wide-brim sunhat and leather flip flops. 

    Zimmermann excels in romance for all seasons, but for summer I've got my eye on its paisley 'Matchmaker' dress. Square necklines are infinitely flattering, and I love the drama of the ruffle-lined straps alongside the bow focal point open-back. 

  • Brown and white polka dot maxi dress

    Santos Polka-Dot Georgette Maxi Dress

    Faithfull The Brand

    Wear with...

    A cool-girl bun and cream kitten heels.

    Fluid and airy, this georgette number by Faithfull The Brand is a sartorial ode to a print classic. Polkadots feel distinctly summery, and I love how the spacing of the dots on this chocolate brown dress exude a certain lazy nonchalance. Sunset supper 'fit, sorted. 

  • Dark pink and cream printed sleeveless dress

    Palermo Gathered Printed Linen Midi Dress

    Farm Rio

    Wear with...

    An XXL scrunchie and colourful sandals. 

    Farm Rio captures the thrill of adventure in its collections, and its 'Palermo' dress is testament to that. The stark colour contrast between the red and the cream is really striking, and I love the attention to detail of the beaded straps.

  • White dress with black bow straps

    The Lace Ribbon Ellie Nap Dress

    Wear with...

    A padded hairband and a pearl-encrusted micro bag. 

    Cut from delicate white lace, this piece by Hill House Home is a celebration of femininity. The contrasting bow straps are bang on trend for SS24 and the semi-sheer lower tier is an elegant touch.

  • Yellow ditsy floral midi dress

    Violet Dress

    Wear with...

    A golden tan, beachy waves and a barely-there wash of tinted moisturiser. 

    Ditsy floral prints can so easily fall into lacklustre territory, but Sisterhood's Violet dress feels fresh and utterly pretty. The colour combination of the yellow and lilac has an air of optimism, and it looks lovely fused with the 90s silhouette. 

  • Pink gingham sleeveless dress

    The Heidi

    Wear with...

    Cream heeled espadrilles and a flicky blow dry. 

    If there's one thing that will instantly get you in the mood for a holiday, it's browsing through Réalisation Par's website, and the Heidi design in a pretty pink gingham is a case in point. It's giving Mediterranean insouciance, and we're here for it. 

Why you should trust me:

Orin Carlin is Hello! Fashion’s SEO Content Writer. Promising to leave no stone unturned in the name of fashion and beauty journalism, she is the proud creator of our ‘Try The Trend’ series. With a particular interest in formula innovation, microtrends, royal and bridal beauty, perfume, rituals, treatments, fashion history and vintage icons, she can either be found interviewing major industry names (previous subjects include Georgia May Jagger, Mary Greenwell and Sam McKnight) or scouring the internet for must-have pieces. It's not just a job; it's a personal quest to unearth noteworthy pieces that resonate with style and beauty enthusiasts.

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