10 Dress-and-Sandal Outfits for When the Sun Finally Makes an Appearance

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I am aware that I will sound like a complete English cliché when I say this, but seriously, what has been up with the weather this week? I know we should have low expectations when it comes to the British summer, but the torrential downpours are making a mockery of the warm-weather staples that are patiently waiting in the wings of my wardrobe. It also doesn't help that I've got a growing list of summer events filling my diary now that lockdown rules are easing. I'll say this now: I refuse point blank to wear a winter coat to the wedding I'm attending in August.

In the meantime, I'll just have to make do with my imagination and the escapist capabilities of online window shopping. And of course, NET-A-PORTER is the first place I'll head. After 12 months of tracksuit bottoms and shearling slippers, I'll take any excuse to slip on a dress and fancy sandals, so these are what are primarily making up my current wish list. I typically like to balance out formal silhouettes with more casual styles, so my dream outfit lineup is an eclectic mix of paintbox brights paired with classic tan sandals, clean-cut linen minis elevated with wedge heels, and ditzy florals balanced out by raffia mules.

The brands at the top of my wishlist include Rejina Pyo, which can always be relied upon for a versatile occasion dress that feels smart but not too formal; Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, whose patchwork midi brings a modern spin to classic florals; and maybe a little Victoria Beckham, in the form of a show-stopping cut-out detail on a yellow maxi. The best thing? All these dresses can just as easily be dressed up with strappy stilettos as they can be grounded with a chunky flat sandal. Scroll down to see and shop my definitive edit of dress-and-sandal outfits I'll be daydreaming about until the sun decides to make an appearance.

1. Midi Dress + Chunky Flat

Rejina Pyo + Net Sustain Celeste Organic Cotton-Poplin Midi Dress (£695)

Jw Anderson Chain-Embellished Leather Slides (£465)

2. Floral Maxi + Colour-Pop Heels

Preen by Thornton Bregazzi Toru Cutout Floral-Print Stretch-Crepe and Velvet Dress (£595)

Bottega Veneta Leather Sandals (£685)

3. White A-Line Dress + Tan Slides

Proenza Schouler Gathered Tiered Cotton-Poplin Dress (£815)

Loewe Anagram Woven Leather Slides (£795)

4. Green Midi + White Platforms

Molly Goddard Hilary Cotton Maxi Dress (£680)

Prada 65 Patent-Leather Platform Sandals (£515)

5. Linen Mini + Espadrilles

Jacquemus Open-Back Draped Linen Mini Dress (£440)

Castañer Carina 80 Canvas Wedge Espadrilles (£85)

6. Lace-Up Mini + Fisherman Sandals

Loewe Linen and Cotton-Blend Mini Dress (£925)

Loewe Gate Leather Sandals (£550)

7. Smocked Strap Dress + Raffia Mules

Loretta Caponi Bianca Ruffled Smocked Floral-Print Cotton-Voile Midi Dress (£400)

Bottega Veneta Intrecciato Raffia Mules (£780)

8. Long-Sleeved Floral Dress + Strappy Heels

Saint Laurent Belted Floral-Print Silk-Chiffon Midi Dress (£2555)

Jimmy Choo Maelie 70 Leather Sandals (£450)

9. LBD + Square-Toe Sandals

Lisa Marie Fernandez + Net Sustain Scalloped Linen-Tweed Mini Dress (£800)

Aeyde Larissa Leather Mules (£225)

10. Cut-Out Maxi + Lace-Up Flats

Hunza G + Net Sustain Seersucker Mini Dress (£170)

Porte & Paire Leather Sandals (£195)

Don't forget, there's free delivery on all orders over £200 at NET-A-PORTER and new customers receive 10% off with code FIRST10.

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