I'm Already Curating My Summer Wardrobe—Starting With These Dresses

Blame Instagram, but I genuinely feel like I'm the only person on the planet right now who isn't in the Maldives. Some influencers might have on beautiful bikinis and glam cover-ups, but we're still clinging on to our blankets. While we're still needing layers, we can still join the jet set by planning our own getaway wardrobes. It's still only officially spring, but I'm already plotting my holiday look of the distant future and/or for when the weather picks up here. The main player? Summer dresses, of course.

The new-season stock is already available thanks to the cruise collections catering to winter sun holidaymakers (if you're lucky/smart enough to have booked a trip, this gallery will be particularly helpful). As such, I've already started saving items across all of my favourite accounts—from ASOS to Net-a-Porter. From the prints, shapes and brands worth investing into the styles that work both home and away, I've made an edit of the 20 summer dresses you should consider for 2019.

THE PRINT: Polka Dots

Style Notes: Timeless, effortlessly stylish and so versatile, polka dots are still going to be big news this summer. Sunset backdrop optional but strongly advised.

This looks so good with boots or sandals—at home or away. 

I'm getting all the inspo on how to wear polkas from Darja


Style Notes: Shades of green have been widely popular of late. From lime to sage, this time, we're drawing attention to the deeper hue as seen on Ellie in the Hellessy belted dress. Team with raffia accessories to be beach-smart and switch to golden jewels for evening.

I can already see this with a basket bag at the beach bar. 

The pleats create a dreamy silhouette. 


Style Notes: We imagine you've heard of Saloni (or at least noticed their dreamy dresses on social). Like Ghost and Rixo, this is another go-to brand for It dresses. See below for proof…

Trust me—this looks so good with white accessories. 

THE STYLE: Prairie

Style Notes: Team Who What Wear are big fans of the prairie dress trend, and we're not the only ones. Celebs including Florence Welsh and Alexa Chung have already backed the Batsheva style Aurora is wearing here.

This dress will bring you so much joy every time you wear it. 

It's also in a key colour so you can tick off two trends in one. 

The Detail: Statement Sleeves

Style Notes: Statement sleeves are the key to creating 2019's silhouette. Make like Jessie and team with a beaded bag and matching hair clip—that's one way to tick off all the micro trends in one full swoop. 

The chicest statement sleeves belong to Rixo (and you, if you buy it). 

THE CLEVER ONE: Holiday-to-Home Styles

Style Notes: We know what you're thinking: If you go on holiday at this time of year, you'll still have ages before you can re-wear summer dresses, right? Wrong. If you opt for a dress that's easy to layer, you've got the answer to shopping savvy. Look for styles that also work with tights, ones you can layer over polo-necks and options that look just as good with boots as they will with sandals.

This dress is knitted and long, so it can work during colder months. The fabric is quite light, though, so it's perfect for holiday evenings.

The button style is so flattering on. Trust us. 

You could even wear it open thrown over a bikini.

Beach or brunch, it'll work in all climates. 

Next up, these are all the spring/summer 2019 trends you need to take note of.