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 have 15-tog duvets and heated blankets. While we're still snuggled up in those, we can still join the jet set by planning our own getaway wardrobes. It's not even the end of January, 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 in to 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.
I'm getting all the inspo on how to wear polkas from Darja.
This looks so good with boots or sandals, at home or away.
It also comes in a cute midi dress version.
Look at those sleeves.
THE STYLE: Prairie
It's a one-of-a-kind creation.
That's your evening look sorted.
So, so pretty.
Wear with over-the-knee boots in winter and lace-up sandals in the summer.
THE COLOUR: Green
I can already see this with a basket bag on the beach.
Belted dresses are forever my go-to.
Just add Havaianas.
Go one shouldered for poolside.
THE BRAND: Saloni
Clashing prints always win.
Trust me—this looks so good with tan accessories.
So summery I can almost feel the rays.
I'll wear this with mules and statement earrings.
THE CLEVER ONE: Holiday-to-Home Styles
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.
Wear with tights and party shoes back home for a night out.
You'll be able to layer this pinafore number in so many ways (depending on the weather).
You could even wear it open thrown over a bikini.
Next up, these are all the spring/summer 2019 trends you need to take note of.