I Just Found 24 Affordable Designer Dresses Perfect for Summer Occasions

Is it just me, or is summer on another level this year? The diary is well and truly jam-packed with more weddings than we care to count on a single hand, and wondering what to wear to them is simply too time-consuming. But it's not just weddings we have to look forward to. There are holidays, garden parties, celebratory lunches and all sorts of soirées to consider, too.

So what do we wear to all of our summer occasions? The answer lies in dresses—it always does. Dresses and summer are as synonymous as peanut butter and jelly or Justin and Hailey. You can't really picture one without the other. So finding those key styles that you can elevate or dress down with a simple change of accessories, lipstick and a blow-dry is the best way to get the most out of your wardrobe.

Best Summer Dresses The OUTNET: A Floral Ruffle Dress


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THE OUTNET's summer occasion edit is the solution to all of the above and then some. The much-loved designer-discount site (and a Who What Wear favourite, may I add) is once again delivering luxury goods at a fraction of their original retail prices. Be it a romantic ruffled number by Zimmermann, a classic wrap from wrap-dress queen Diane Von Furstenberg or a '90s-inspired, sleek satin slip dress from Nicholas, there's a plethora of styles to suit. And brides, don't feel left out—there's a selection of gowns and low-key bridal options perfect for the night before, the morning after and of course, the main event.

So no matter how full your summer diary may be, you can check dressing-up off the list because THE OUTNET's occasionwear edit will ensure it's fuss-free… apart from having to make a decision, that is.


What this dress lacks in length it makes up for in ruffles and lace. 

The tie-up back and bold floral print will ensure you're the best-dressed guest.

With its high neck and rich navy hue, this is just effortlessly chic.

Shrimps is one of my go-to occasionwear brands. I can't get enough of the voluminous sleeves and vintage prints.

With pleats and a drawstring belt, the sporty details make this satin number easy to dress up or down.


When it comes to bridal, Jenny Packham can do no wrong.

Sleek, satin and oh-so chic, this is one for the minimalists.

Lace trims and long sleeves always ooze pared-back bridal elegance.

With its slender silk straps and low back, this would be a smart option for a wedding abroad. 


Are you having a more low-key wedding or looking for something to wear to your engagement party? Say hello to this smock style.  


The most extra kaftan on any beach. Just chuck over your bikini and go.

When on a summer holiday, a short slip dress is a must. Always have it handy in your beach bag in case happy hour turns into dancing till the early hours.

Practical and pretty, a printed kimono gets our vote every single time. Whether you wear it as a dress, a cover-up or a jacket, it's the most versatile piece you can pack.

Is there anything more iconic than Missoni crochet? I'm obsessed.

Is it just me, or does this dress sing "Club Tropicana"?

Nothing says "out of office" quite like cut-outs and animal print. Pair it with chunky gold jewels and heeled mules, and you're set for supper.



Ruffles! Embroidery! Scalloped sleeves! Polka dots! This is definitely one for the maximalists.

When it comes to prints, leopard is a cool girl's answer to florals.

Vintage lovers will adore this baby-doll style.

Just to make this one more irresistible, I need to mention that it ties at the back and is embroidered with beads and eyelets.

With a slip dress below the wrap, this dress is two styles in one.

Want to discover more designer occasionwear? Head to THE OUTNET's edit.