Shops are brimming with summer dresses right now. So many, in fact, that the selection can be overwhelming. Where can you find a pick of the best? Right here, of course. Not only have we done our research in terms of key trends for summer, but we’ve also found styles you’ll be wearing way beyond this season. These are frocks you’ll be able to pull out in 2020 and still be smug about how great they are. From classic floral tea dresses to of-the-moment silk slips and off-the-shoulder silhouettes (a trend we don’t see disappearing anytime soon), there’s a style to suit everyone—even those who don’t identify as dress lovers.
We’ve narrowed down the major trends of the season to bring you a focused collection of all the best summer dresses. Whether you want a frock to wear with your sneakers or something a little fancier for a wedding, we’ve curated your ultimate shopping guide. Click through our gallery for our pick of the 26 best summer dresses.
Just add slides and a basket bag.
Still looking for the perfect white linen dress? Go for this button-front iteration from Mango.
Wear Ganni's belted midi with heels or flats—this is your day-to-night option.
Swap your slip dress for this striped tie-shoulder maxi dress.
The ultimate LRD for summer comes courtesy of Zara.
To be worn with statement earrings and sky-high heels.
We're so into this sunny shade right now.
Head to ASOS for fun printed minidresses.
We love the ruffled hem and belted detail here.
Or why not try something monochrome?
This is super chic. Team with tan barely there sandals.
Wear this with white sandals and a basket bag.
We’ve always got room for another little white summer dress.
Toughen up this dress with trainers and an oversized denim jacket.
This will look every bit as cool with towering platforms or trainers.
Layer over T-shirts or under smart blazers.
Dress this up with mules or style down over a white tee with sandals. You’ll get so much wear out of this.
This’ll look impossibly chic with heels, ankle boots, trainers or mules.
The fashion crowd’s go-to summer brand is back with an ever chicer collection, which includes this lemon-print embroidered frock.
Another excellent midi dress from Three Graces London.
Every wardrobe needs a chic black summer midi. Just add a belt and maximalist accessories to make this work for the evening.
Just add fine gold hoops, a supersized basket bag and espadrilles.
Are neutrals not your thing? You just can’t beat a bold red midi dress.
Everyone needs a lighter LBD in the summer.
There you go—now your dress collection is ready for the heat.
Opening Images: Collage Vintage/The Street Pie
This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.