18 Summer Dresses That Say "Take Me on Holiday, Please"

Although a huge part of your wardrobe might be seasonless, there are some pieces that are uncompromisingly made for particular climes. In the same way that an oversized merino wool jumper provides ultimate comfort for hunkering down come winter, a summer dress holds some pretty magical powers when it comes to beating hotter climates.

We're talking about styles that you can't even contemplate pulling out of your wardrobe unless it's freakishly, blisteringly hot. A supremely lightweight, delicately embroidered and occasionally skimpy summer dress is all you'll need to be reminded of the last time you relaxed under a clear blue sky. And while summer holidays may be limited, that doesn't mean you don't deserve something beautiful in which to relish the moment.

Ellie looks like a ray of sunshine in the Asos White textured smock dress

Whether that summer holiday is booked or not, it's nice to go know you've got something simmering away at the back of your wardrobe when the opportunity presents itself. So sit back and imagine where in the world you'll wear the dresses in our edit below.

We can't get enough of pretty polka dots. 

It's just made for those beachside walks to watch the sunset.

Slip it on over your swimsuit with lace-up sandals for evening. 

Linen frocks from Aussie-born brand Zimmermann are just made for summer vacays. 

We couldn't believe the price either!

A white shirt dress will be your go-to on hot, sticky days. 

Lilac is one of those hues that's flattering on every skin tone and hair colour. 

The spaghetti straps, square neckline and contrast belt all add to the beauty. 

A slip dress with chunky sandals is our new favourite combination. 

Just add hoop earrings and an oversized raffia basket bag. 

This midi dress was made for the beach, but you can also wear it in the city with espadrilles. 

Next, discover the shell jewellery that will give you that holiday buzz.