5 Dress Experts Just Shared the 44 Best Summer Frocks With Me

Elinor Block
·5-min read

It's an understatement to say that we like dresses here at Who What Wear. We spend a long time working out which frocks are going to be the ones we, and you, obsess over during the year. We put together dress reports on the names to watch for 2021, which include the key dress trends to know. Plus, we hone in on the brands that are getting it spot on right now (yes, Aje, we're looking at you). Alas, in many ways, dresses over 2020 took a bit of a dip. With fewer weddings and big events to attend, our posh frocks got only a rare outing. That said, the house dress became particularly popular, with loose silhouettes and unrestrictive material becoming vital in our dress purchases.

But with restrictions easing and the chance that gatherings, including weddings with actual guests, can take place in the summer, it seems like fun, pretty dresses are going to be big in the warmer months. It'll come as no surprise that Net-a-Porter's trend report revealed that customers are going to be looking for joyful dresses in the coming spring/summer season. With all of this in mind, I wanted to know which frocks the dress experts I follow on Instagram have got on their wish lists. All of the women I spoke to have their own distinctive style, but every one of them loves dresses. Keep scrolling to see their ultimate dress wish lists for the coming months.

Zeena Shah

"When it comes to picking dresses, it's about knowing myself and my identity and what best represents my style and also knowing how a dress can make me feel and where it would be worn and what for. I also just know what I love when it's something special in terms of the design and what suits my body shape."

Damson Madder Organic Floral Bow Back Dress (£95)

Damson Madder Organic Frill Neck Gingham Dress (£80)

&Daughter Veronica Gathered Sleeve Midi Shirtdress in Pink (£395)

Shrimps Rafferty Dress in Blue (£350)

Shrimps Mia Dress (£595)

Rixo Lauren Crochet-Trimmed Floral-Print Crepe Midi Dress (£275)

Ganni Ruffled-Collar Striped Denim Dress (£225)

Staud Viola Capri Abstract-Print Maxi Dress (£440)

Staud Millie Gingham Recycled-Poplin Maxi Shirt Dress (£335)

Résumé Copenhagen Denise Dress (£195)

Claire Wakeman

"When buying dresses, I always think about longevity. Will I still be wearing this dress, the shape, the style next year… and the year after that?!"

H&M Broderie Anglaise-Detail Dress (£40)

Arket Cotton Voile Slip Dress (£79)

Míe Phi Phi Dress (£200)

Rixo Bibi Navy Gingham (£295)

& Other Stories Open Back Puff Sleeve Midi Dress (£95)

Ganni Shirred-Bodice Gingham-Seersucker Maxi Dress (£215)

Naya Rea Eliza Dress (£270)

Cult Gaia Serita Cutout Cotton-Blend Maxi Dress (£440)

Isabel Marant Venia Corduroy Midi Dress (£880)

Hannah Almassi

"Most of the dresses I already own are not that comfortable or literally flexible to wear—many of them have super-tight waists and don't lend themselves to working from home or rolling around on the floor with a toddler. So it's time to make a few improvements to my dress wardrobe. I'm looking to rent or sell some of my beloved older pieces and instead invest in looser (but still not swampy) cuts and more easy-going fabrics in a 50/50 mix of plain neutral, earthy colours and classic floral prints. These styles will both stand the test of time but also be so much more useful for my current day-to-day life."

& Other Stories Open Back Puff Sleeve Midi Dress (£95)

Franks The Falcus Dress Yellow (£190)

O Pioneers Clara Dress Willow Blue and Rust Floral (£395)

April Meets October May Dress Camel Gingham (£150)

A.W.A.K.E. Mode Black Flared Midi Dress (£850)

Anna Quan Isla Backless Ribbed Cotton Midi Dress (£380)

Weekday Tea Bias Cut Dress (£50)

Mango Check Belt Dress (£60)

Emilia Wickstead Petra Square-Neck Belted Denim Dress (£1295)

Uniqlo Ines 3D Knit Seamless Short Sleeved Dress (£40)

Eleanor Barkes

"The main feature I look for in a dress is that it cinches in my waist by means of the cut of the dress or with a belt. Otherwise, if there's too much flowing fabric, it tends to 'drown' me, as I'm 5'1''. So I need that defining feature. I tend to go for midi dresses more often than minis as well simply because I find them easier to move in and more flattering."

Rouje Gabin Dress (£180)

House of CB Blue White Floral Midi Dress (£129)

H&M Button-Detail Slip Dress (£25)

Sister Jane Floral Clover Jacquard Midi Dress (£175)

Mara Hoffman Adelina Organic Cotton-Jacquard Wrap Maxi Dress (£284)

Sezane Nella Dress (£145)

Sezane Aurore Dress (£155)

Rixo Gwen Pebble Shell Peach Lilac Mix (£275)

H&M Slit-Front Dress (£20)

Eni Ilori

"Dresses are one of my favourite wardrobe staples, so when it comes to picking what type, I like to have different variations, from maxi dresses to short dresses. I also tend to go for dresses that have unique details on them. I love dresses with cut-outs, puffy sleeves and, most importantly, a selection of colours."

Endless Summer Ain't She a Beaut Midi Dress (£98)

ASOS Design Cami Midi Sundress With Raw Edges in Black (£28)

Aje Chateau Mini Dress (£314)

ASOS Edition Puff Off Shoulder Midi Dress in Blush (£120)

House of CB Lemon Floral Puff Sleeve Midi Sundress (£129)

Sister Jane Cornflour Meadow Jacquard Mini Dress (£105)

Next up, The Biggest Spring/Summer 2021 Fashion Trends to Know

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