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.
It also comes in a cute midi dress version.
Look at those sleeves.
Get your raffia accessories at the ready.
THE COLOUR: Green
Hello, dream day dress.
Just add Havaianas.
I can already see this with a basket bag at the beach bar.
Go one shouldered for poolside.
The pleats create a dreamy silhouette.
THE BRAND: Saloni
Clashing prints always win.
Trust me—this looks so good with white accessories.
That's your wedding guest dress sorted.
So summery I can almost feel the rays.
I'll wear this with mules and statement earrings.
THE STYLE: Prairie
So, so pretty.
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.
That's your evening look sorted.
Wear with Western boots.
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.
Brock Collection's next It dress.
The chicest statement sleeves belong to Rixo (and you, if you buy it).
Wear with Western ankle boots.
You can't go wrong with a LWD.
We can't cope with how amazing this looks on.
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.
Wear with party shoes for a night out.
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.