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 I'm still clinging on to my light layers and practical shoes. While we can't all spend our Monday afternoons reclining on a tropical beach, we can still join the jet set by planning our own getaway wardrobes. Besides, summer is now in full swing, so what better time to plot a warm-weather wardrobe for the coming months? The main player? Summer dresses, of course.
The new-season collections are dropping like crazy, alongside plenty of bargains in the sales (see our edit here), so there's plenty to choose from. As such, I've been 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 big news this summer. Sunset backdrop optional but strongly advised.
The Colour: Green
The Brand: Saloni
The Style: Prairie
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 microtrends in one fell swoop.
The Clever One: Holiday-to-Home Styles
Style Notes: We know what you're thinking: If you buy a beach-ready frock, you won't be able to wear it back in the UK, 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 layer over polo-necks and options that look just as good with boots as they will with sandals.