19 summery dresses that’ll make you excited for warm weather

Check out our edit of the best high street and designer midi, maxi and mini dresses available to shop now and wear all season. 

Now the mornings are brighter and the days are longer, you feel as though you have a little pep in your step. Thoughwe’re still staying inside, we’re lifting our spirits with thoughts of the sunshine-ready dress styles we can wear to every upcoming event.

The sartorial equivalent of an Aperol spritz, a summery dress is the ultimate wardrobe pick-me up. From mood-boosting colour block pieces to ditsy floral prints, we’ve found the dresses that are endlessly stylish but effortlessly easy to wear so you won’t feel like you’re overdoing it – even in your garden. In fact, we like to think that a chic new dress and a nostalgic summer playlist on full blast is the perfect way to spend any afternoon. 

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From Zara’s hit dresses that’ll make you feel like you’re on holiday (even when you’re not) to Rixo’s investment offering, there’s always an excuse to dress up, feel your best and pack those leggings and hoodies away for a short while.

Whether you opt for a punchy mini, a universally flattering midi style or a printed maxi, there’s a dress that’ll suit everyone. Take a look at Stylist’s pick of the best feel-good summery dresses you’ll want to wear on repeat this spring/summer 2021. 

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The best summery dresses to shop now

  • Ganni dress

    Best summery dresses: Ganni

    One of the latest prints from Ganni, expect to see this rose print everywhere for spring. Try it out the Scandi way by wearing with your chunky stomper boots. 

    Shop silk stretch dress at Ganni, £375


  • Marks and Spencer dress

    Best summery dresses: Marks and Spencer

    Trust Marks and Spencer to not only deliver Percy Pigs in abundance but also create an array of dreamy summer dresses. The do-it-all high street hero has nailed the ‘throw on anytime’ midi style. 

    Shop printed dress at Marks and Spencer, £39.50


  • Coast dress

    Best summery dresses: Coast

    The humble smock dress is one of those styles that’ll serve you well for spring. Wear this khaki number from Coast with boots for now and switch to platform flip flops with a straw bag for summer. 

    Shop poplin smock dress at Coast, £59


  • & Other Stories dress

    Best summery dresses: & Other Stories

    Knotted details are updating dresses and skirts for spring and this beige iteration is ticking so many boxes. Wear it with strappy sandals to keep it sleek. 

    Shop buttoned mini dress at & Other Stories, £65


  • Weekday dress

    Best summery dresses: Weekday

    This slinky slip dress in swirl tie-dye print will see you through summer in serious style. Wear it with trainers and a bucket hat when the weather gets warmer. 

    Shop Kacie dress at Weekday, £45


  • New Look dress

    Best summery dresses: New Look

    Yes, yes and hell yes to this green gingham midi. Imagine it on a sunny day with nothing but lace-up sandals. For now, layer over a high neck top with ankle boots. 

    Shop gingham dress at New Look, £25.99


  • Aje dress

    Best summery dresses: Aje

    A white dress is a summer must-have and this one ticks all the boxes. Ruffles, linen and midi length, who else wants to wear this to a beach post-lockdown?

    Shop Aje ruffled linen dress at Matches, £290


  • Hush dress

    Best summery dresses: Hush

    This dress is a gem you won’t want to miss. The puff sleeves, asymmetric hem and universally flattering length is what makes it a winner all round. 

    Shop Aggie printed dress at Hush, £99


  • French Connection dress

    Best summery dresses: French Connection

    A summer hero piece if ever we saw one, you’ll wear this on every holiday in the future. Be patient, you’ll have the sand between your toes once again. 

    Shop Aura tea dress at French Connection, £95


  • Whistles dress

    Best summery dresses: Whistles

    A denim dress is basically a summer essential. Wear now over a roll neck knit with stomper boots; for summer, switch to chunky sandals. 

    Shop chambray dress at Whistles, £119


  • Rixo dress

    Best summery dresses: Rixo

    Rixo dresses are worth the investment – buy now, love forever. This cult dress will look great with everything from your Birkenstocks to your square-toe heels. 

    Shop Kristen dress at Rixo, £305


  • & Other Stories dress

    Best summery dresses: & Other Stories

    The popular knitted dress isn’t going anywhere for the new season. Embrace light, neutral colours and they’ll go the distance in your wardrobe throughout the year. 

    Shop ribbed midi dress at & Other Stories, £75


  • Amylynn dress

    Best summery dresses: Amylynn

    This punchy pink mini will look so good with strappy tie-up sandals and an oversized basket bag. A look that’ll make us feel like we are on our summer hols, even if we’re not there yet. 

    Shop Jagger dress at Amylynn, £75


  • Misa Los Angeles dress

    Best summery dresses: Misa Los Angeles

    This long-sleeved floral dress is the perfect throw-on style. Easy and comfortable, yet super chic and put together. It’s a winner all round. 

    Shop Misa Los Angeles Vida dress at Revolve, £375


  • Zara dress

    Best summery dresses: Zara

    This perfect printed dress is so good for summer soirées. Imagine this with tan sandals and a clashing orange bag and golden jewellery. Swoon. 

    Shop printed dress at Zara, £59.99


  • Reformation dress

    Best summery dresses: The Reformation

    A white frock is just as versatile as the classic black dress. This embroidered style by LA brand Reformation is making us dream of warmer days. 

    Shop Bayley dress at Reformation, £320


  • Sika dress

    Best summery dresses: Sika

    Looking for a summery ‘wow’ dress? Look no further. This printed style is handmade in Ghana and will make a statement any day of the week.

    Shop Aliyah dress at Sika, £195


  • Mango dress

    Best summery dresses: Mango

    A black dress will never fail in the outfit department. This swishy style will look just as good with flip flops in high summer as it will with heeled boots.

    Shop belt dress at Mango, £49.99


  • Next/Mix dress

    Best summery dresses: Next/Mix

    The ultimate easy-to-throw-on-anytimedress, this Next/Mix style in green gingham has summer picnics written all over it. With a simple swap of the shoe, this dress will take you to any event this summer. 

    Shop Next/Mix gingham shirt dress at Next, £139


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