It might not feel like it today (it has literally been hailing, rainy, sunny and cloudy within the space of 12 hours), but summer really is just round the corner, and that can only mean one thing: It's time to bring out the dresses. Whether you're more of a maxi fan, are a minimalist-dress devotee or simply prefer to stick to classic florals, there's so much on offer on the high street this year, and we've whittled down the offering to the 24 best buys around.
Thanks to last year's preoccupation with comfort, we're seeing the interest in oversize dresses continue into 2021—hurrah! Coming in everything from muted linen to colour-pop cotton, this is the ultimate throw-and-go wardrobe hero. Just add suitably oversize sunnies and layered gold jewellery and you're all set. We've also developed a soft spot for the T-shirt dress, which, thanks to COS, feels unexpectedly polished when worn knee-length and styled with chunky sliders and a straw tote.
On the other end of the spectrum is the return of the mini, particularly in shirt-dress form. We have our eye on COS's tangerine-orange iteration and Mango's beige button-down, which both look so premium considering their price tags. There are, of course, all the warm-weather classics that you would expect, like linen fabrics and florals, which—you'll be glad to hear—never really go out of style. So whether you're looking for a new investment piece to add to your summer capsule or are simply in need of some inspiration to help edit what's already in your wardrobe, scroll down to see and shop the high-street dresses we're loving this season.