6 Summer Dress Trends I'm Beyond Excited to Wear This Year

If there's one thing we Who What Wear editors know about, it's where to find good dresses. It's not your typical mastermind subject, but nevertheless, it is something that we seem to be asked about endlessly, and our readers are always requesting more and more stories about dresses. In the summer, a dress is arguably the easiest thing to wear, as it can be light and comfortable yet requires little thought when it comes to styling.

This means that there are certain dress trends that peak in popularity every single summer, such as white linen or beach-style dresses and black midis. This year, there are six dress trends, in particular, that are proving popular, and with question marks around international travel, we have stuck to styles that don't require a far-flung holiday to wear them to.

All of the dresses below have a classic feel. However, there are small tweaks that make them feel special or a little different, adding new elements to your existing summer wardrobe. There are cut-outs and backless details, the use of the colour of 2021 (spoiler alert: it's bright pink) and silhouettes so varied that there really is something for everyone. Keep scrolling to see the six summer dress trends we're excited to wear this year.

1. Black Dresses

Summer dress trends:

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@monikh

Monikh's long-sleeved dress is from It dress brand Kalita.

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@theindiaedit

India's linen dress is by Sleeper. 

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@_jessicaSkye

And Jessica's strappy midi is from Warehouse. 

2. White Sundresses

This beautiful (now sold-out dress) is from Sea.

3. Gingham and Check Dresses

Summer dress trends:

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@Basma_k

This gingham dress looks amazing layered over a white shirt. 

Sara's dress is from New York–based label Wray. 

4. Fitted Midis

Summer dress trends:

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@Thandimaq

We can't quite believe this dress is from Zara.

Summer dress trends:

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@Abimarvel

Abi's knitted midi dress is from Karen Millen. 

5. Cut-Outs and Low Backs

Summer dress trends:

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@Smythsisters

This yellow midi is from Aje.

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@alyssainthecity

This backless minidress is by SIR.

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