These 21 Dresses Are All So Good I Almost Didn't Want to Share Them With You

I’m a dress girl through and through. I’d say a hefty 70% of my wardrobe consists of them. I went through something of a fit-and-flare stage in my late teens, emulating the garms of Jackie Onassis and Audrey Hepburn after watching far too many reruns of My Fair Lady. Although the obsessive polka-dot era subsided, length and sweeping fabrics are something I’ve welcomed into my 30s uniform.

When it comes to dresses, more is definitely more. By that, I mean more fabric, longer lengths and bigger sleeves. The aforementioned elements add to the allure of maxi dresses—not to mention they act as a blank canvas for creative styling, which is always welcome at this time of year when we don't have as many layers to play with.

Just some years ago, the style was reserved for formal occasions, but now there are plenty of more casual options. They’re the ultimate hardworking piece, as with very little thought, you’re dressed for the day.



Linen, broderie anglaise, tapered waistlines and embroidery are just a few of the styles gracing retailers this summer. You only have to glance at the likes of Aje, Staud and SIR the Label to witness the surge of luxe floor-length dresses with modern twists, whether that’s column panelling, exaggerated sleeves or cut-outs. It’s no wonder cut-outs, in particular, are so popular, as they balance the proportion of sweeping dresses and soften colour-blocking with flashes of skin.

The same goes for elasticated shirring. It not only enhances silhouettes but also allows for stretch and comfort, which makes longer lengths all the more practical for any summer plans. Whether you’re searching for standout occasionwear or an easy-to-wear number, you’ve come to the right place. I spent hours looking for some truly special pieces, including some high-street gems. Keep scrolling for my picks of the bunch.

You can’t go wrong with light florals in the spring.

Ease of comfort with an added waist feature. I love it!

Yes, SIR. Classic fits with modern twists once again.

Sleeveless knitwear is perfect for transitional dressing.

I am obsessed with the olive green and fit of this dress. Wear it on the shoulders and cinch at the waist with a leather belt.

A broderie anglaise trim is the sweetest feature.

You can always rely on Franks for unique attention to detail. With its sustainable model, everything is made to measure.

Green and plissé is the combo you never knew you needed. Wear with a slim-fit tee underneath.

A classic cut and design in 100% Tencel.

A white dress is the ultimate summer staple. Throw this on top of a swimsuit after a long day soaking up the sun.

Think modern-day Audrey Hepburn with this elegant halter neckline.

An easy throw-on option in a highly coveted green.

This has some shimmer through summery cotton and can be worn from day to night.

The attention to detail on this peice is something to be commended.

You can't go wrong with a lightweight shirt dress.

This piece is beautiful worn open or buttoned up.

This has wedding guest dress written all over it. PS: There's a surprise at the back.

A basket bag and slip-ons complete this look.

You can always rely on the allure of cut-out details to elevate simple styles.

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