The Dress Style Everyone in Our London Office Wears in the Summer

Ah, dresses. There's no end to how much we can talk about them. Honestly, it's a real joy bringing you a selection of the frocks we love. Today's offering? The best summer dresses with sleeves. There's an oncoming heatwave, but who knows just how the summer is going to pan out? That's why these arm-covering dresses are ideal for the changeable season, not to mention that everything we've selected will let your skin breathe. While compiling this edit, it was hard to narrow down a small list, as there are so many around. Not to mention that there's been an influx of super-cool dress brands in 2019

From the likes of Instagram favourites Rixo, Ganni and Bernadette to the high street's reliable stores Topshop and Zara, there's a dress to suit all budgets. But don't think it's all about maxis—we've also included a range of hemlines so you can expect to see a few minis in there, too, meaning everyone's style is catered for. Before you see the ones we've selected, take a look at the chicest women on Instagram—including some of the Who What Wear editors. Keep scrolling to see how to style dresses with sleeves, and then continue down for the best ones to shop.

Style Notes: Who What Wear's editor in chief, Hannah Almassi, wears the Gül Hürgel dress of dreams.

Style Notes: A long polka-dot dress is perfectly styled with a pair of white strappy sandals.

Style Notes: To liven up a white frock, take a tip from Alexis Foreman and add a pair of chunky Mary Janes with socks.

Style Notes: One of the other big dress trends of the season—the checked dress—is brilliant for a holiday. Pair with a basket bag. 

Style Notes: The dress that Topshop released in five different colours. That's just how popular it is.

Style Notes: Everyone might be about chunky sandals right now, but don't dismiss sneakers. 

Style Notes: This green Ghost dress still looks incredible. Simply pair with strappy sandals a mini bag. 

Style Notes: Who What Wear's shopping editor Joy Montgomery lets the balloon sleeves on this Lee Matthews dress be the only accessories she needs. 

Style Notes: Babba Rivera wears a polka-dot Rixo dress with a pair of white shoes and a red bag.


We've found this suits everyone who wears it thanks to the shirred panels. 

Kitri's checked Lenora dress had a waiting list of over 1000, and it's now been restocked so get it quick. 

This brand is getting a lot of love on Instagram right now. With dresses like this, it's not hard to see why.

Yes, it's on the more expensive side, but perhaps a great option as a wedding dress? 

A great choice for attending a wedding or just for the weekend.

We've always backed Warehouse as one of the best places on the high street to get dresses. 

Linen is a great investment for the summer. 

As frocks go, this one's particularly stunning thanks to the colour clash. 

Next up, the biggest spring/summer 2019 fashion trends you need to know.