50 Best summer dresses 2019

Ciara Sheppard
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50 Best summer dresses 2019

No one can resist the charms of a good summer dress.

They are the one seasonal item that’ll see even your biggest tomboy in a smock and the jeans-only devotees rocking flouncy maxi numbers. And their power works in their variety: there’s literally a summer dress for everyone, no matter your feelings towards gingham and florals.

If you’re in the market for a do-all dress to wear for those casual summer plans–be it drinks down the pub, lazing in the park or a last-min BBQ – look to comfy fabrics and fun prints. We particularly love Mango’s Striped Jersey Dress and Samsøe & Samsøe’s Checkered Maxi for the something casual that’ll still impress. Or perhaps your occasion is more formal?

For those countless summer birthdays, christenings and garden party soirées, don’t shy away from ankle-skimming designs (see H&M’s divine Long Dress With Tie Collar) and keep your fabrics luxe.

If you’re a festival girl, you’ll know the drill already: boho prints and comfy classics. For this we adore Rixo’s Harper Dress and Anthropologie’s Juliet Maxi Dress which are as suited to Glastonbury’s Pyramid stage as they are your friend’s back garden on a balmy summer’s eve. Oh, and FYI tie-dye is back... we’ll just let that sink in.

Yet to delve into 2019’s summer dress offering? Look no further than 50 summer dresses to take you to St. Tropez, your local, and beyond…

Urban Outfitters Macie Lace Trim Cutout Apron Dress

Please find all the components of the perfect summer dress: white cotton, embroidered lace trim and cutouts. Just avoid grassy situations to keep your white sparkling.

£79 | Urban Outfitters | Buy it now

Topshop Tie Dye Buckle Slip Dress

A grown-up take on the tie-dye revival, this figure-hugging maxi ticks all the boxes. Wear with barely-there sandals and dark accessories to veer away from feeling like you’re wearing an arts and crafts project.

£39 | Topshop | Buy it now

Anthropologie Thames Dress

Ours dreams of dressing like a five-year-old come true with this floaty, lace smock dress. Holiday dressing done right.

£120 | Anthropologie | Buy it now

Kitri Leonora Pink Cotton Check Midi Dress

We fell in love with this fuchsia-white gingham dress when we first saw it on influencer Katherine Ormerod. Part picnic blanket, part milkmaid, what’s not to adore?

£125 | Kitri | Buy it now

H&M Long Dress With Tie Collar

We adore this gorgeous ankle-grazing dress featuring big graphic flowers and a draping silhouette. Wear with barely-there sandals for the ultimate summer wedding get-up.

£79.99 | H&M | Buy it now

Rixo Harper Psychedelic Shell Dress

Do your best Anita Pallenberg in this 70s-perfect mini dress. Featuring a v-neck, billowing sleeves and a psychedelic print, you can recycle this one each festival season.

£204 | Rixo | Buy it now

& Other Stories Puff Sleeve Linen Wrap Mini Dress

We’re very much into summer blacks and this wrap mini dress with puff sleeves is testament. Looks just as good as white would with tanned legs and straps sandals.

£79 | & Other Stories | Buy it now

Ganni Floral-Print Crepe De Chine Wrap Dress

How cool-girls wear florals: a study. The print on this chiffon wrap dress is lowkey enough even for black devotees to get on board, and works excellently with cowboy boots or chunky sandals.

£160 | Ganni | Buy it now

Ghost Heidi Dress In Vintage Zebra

Note the pretty flecks of pink in this tiger print classic slip. Simply wear to the office over a white tee, or solo for a slinky evening drinks look.

£95 | Ghost | Buy it now

ASOS DESIGN Shirred Mini Sundress With Pep Hem

This dress will be as comfy as it is stylish, featuring a shirred stretchy fabric. Ideal for lazy days spent rolling about in the grass.

£28 | ASOS | Buy it now

& Other Stories Floral Puff Sleeve Mini Dress

Now available from ASOS, you can catch us running through the meadows in this puff-sleeved mini. Or at the pub on an August afternoon.

£79 | ASOS | Buy it now

STAUD Sur Checked Linen-Blend Mini Dress

Part milkmaid, part Clueless, we’re pretty taken with this checkered mini dress. Featuring a structured bodice, frilly sleeves and a hem that is just short enough, it’s the perfect balance between pretty and sexy. Imagine this with a tan.

£200 | Selfridges | Buy it now

Mango Striped Jersey Dress

Let this rib knit fabric be the comfiest dress you wear all summer. Pair with trainers for a stroll and just throw on a cardi for when the evening chill sets in.

£19.99 | Mango | Buy it now

Topshop Dalmation Sleeve Dress

This Dalmatian print dress is super fun, while the V-neck and angel sleeves look flattering on just about anyone. Looks great for the office and even better with an Aperol Spritz in hand.

£49 | Topshop | Buy it now

Whistles Abstract Animal Tier Dress

From the abstract animal print to the spaghetti straps and frills, there’s something Noughties Jennifer Aniston about this dress–and we mean that in the best way possible.

£139 | Whistles | Buy it now

Realisation Par Sunny Dress

The perfect dress to pick up flowers down the market. Plus, you can wear this one three ways: as a halter, cross back or straight down straps.

£124 | Realisation Par | Buy it now

Anthropologie Juliet Embroidered Beach Maxi Dress

As suited to Glastonbury as it is a glass of wine in the garden, this embroidered black maxi has all the right bohemian vibes. Go barefoot if you dare for the complete look.

£98 | Anthropologie | Buy it now

H&M Silk Dress

Slip dresses are the perfect summer day-to-night go between: fact. And this side-slit, champagne-hued number is one of the best we’ve seen. Just swap out your Converse for mules for a 24-hour outfit.

£79.99 | H&M | Buy it now

Kitri Siena Animal Print Tea Dress

Summer dresses don’t have to be all florals and gingham–animal prints work just as well, too. Look to this volume-sleeved tea dress if leopard is more your vibe. Note the lime green buttons for a cool detail.

£125 | Kitri | Buy it now

Zara Tie-Dye Knit Dress

You may have spotted this blue tie-dye dress on Instagram’s fashion set–and for good reason. Featuring an A-line silhouette and long sleeves, this one looks great with barely-there sandals in a contrasting colour.

£39.99 | Zara | Buy it now

Uterque Linen Dress

Often simple is best which is why we adore this 100% linen option, featuring a single stone-effect button. Light and breezy, we want to wear this as we waltz around our Hamptons beach house. (Hey, a girl can dream.)

£120 | Uterque | Buy it now

& Other Stories Ruffle Strap Linen Mini Dress

Add a slick of red lipstick and take this straight silhouette linen mini on your holiday date night.

£49 | & Other Stories | Buy it now

Cos Voluminous Strap Dress

Perfect for those days where you don’t want to wear your anything clingy, this oversized, cocoon shape dress will cuddle you up, while the sky blue hue means you can also wear it for upscale events.

£79 | Cos | Buy it now

Juliette Dunn Floral-Print Rick Rack Trim Cotton Mini Dress

As boho as it is painterly, you’re unlikely to see anyone else around you wearing a print as cute as this. Wear for weekend drinks with black boots and throw on a leather jacket when the sun goes down.

£145 | Matches Fashion | Buy it now

FREE PEOPLE Sunrise Wanderer Embroidered Cotton Mini Dress

Best suited to the cobbled streets of that European town you’re visiting, this white smock screams summer dressing. And just have a look at that bohemian embroidery. Dreamy.

£130 | Free People | Buy it now

Samsøe & Samsøe Checked Tiered Crepe Maxi Dress

You’ll emanate sunshine in the one, featuring a yellow classic check, billowing shape and delicate straps. Just slip on and grab a chilled glass of rosé with the girls.

£150 | Selfridges | Buy it now

Wednesday's Girl Tie Waist Dress In Dalmatian Spot

The girly Dalmatian print, high-neck and keyhole front make this the perfect dress to take to your mate’s balmy evening birthday drinks.

£20 | ASOS | Buy it now

Zara Striped Crochet Dress

Crochet is one fabric that doesn’t have a place anywhere but summer, so fill your boots while you can with a crochet dress. We’re particularly yearning for this striped number.

£39.99 | Zara | Buy it now

ASOS DESIGN Midi Tea Dress With Buttons

Look to this turquoise green midi tea dress for a talking point at your next summer engagement.

£35 | ASOS | Buy it now

Topshop Gingham Ruffle Mini Dress

Gingham and summer go hand-in-hand, and this burgundy and white print will separate yours from the bunch. The tie-waist and frill straps keep this super pretty while the hem falls at just the right length.

£35 | Topshop | Buy it now

Mango Side Buttons Dress

This electric blue, printed midi dress is as much suited to your next summer wedding as it is a stroll on the beach.

£49.99 | Mango | Buy it now

Faithfull The Brand Noemie Floral Midi Dress

Featuring an all-over floral pattern, topped with ruffle shoulder straps, this is likely to be the prettiest dress in your wardrobe this summer.

£160 | Urban Outfitters | Buy it now

Topshop Ribbed Belted Column Dress

Throw on this belted, lemon-hued midi dress when you get out the shower for the easiest summer day look. The perfect frock to take to your next BBQ​

£25 | Topshop | Buy it now

Urban Outfitters Positano Linen Tie-Shoulder Midi Dress

As we know, checks and summer go hand-in-hand which is why we have our eye faithfully on this tie-shoulder midi. Pair with chunky trainers to balance out the milkmaid vibes.

£62 | Urban Outfitters | Buy it now

Monsoon Wendy Print Hanky Hem Dress

What’s not to love about this watercolour floral dress with an assymetrical hem? This wouldn’t look amiss at a garden party with a glass of champagne in hand.

£99 | Simply Be | Buy it now

H&M Concious Exclusice Flounced Dress

Frilly perfection, take this chiffon dress to your next formal summer soirée and expect loads of compliments. Plus, it’s made from recycled polyester so the environment will thank you, too.

£79.99 | H&M | Buy it now

Uterque Green Polka Dot Linen Dress

Another breezy option, this pale green polka dot number is made to be taken on hols. Wear with tan sandals and gold jewellery for extra style points.

£120 | Uterque | Buy it now

Rixo Noleen Diana Floral Midi Wrap Dress

As we know wrap styles are super flattering on everyone, and when paired with a cutesy floral print, you have yourself a summer knockout.

£174 | Rixo | Buy it now

Ghost Luella Dress In Mini Helena Ditsy

This crêpe fabric dress promises to skim your curves beautifully. Plus, would you just zoom in on that print, please? Librarian vibes, sure, but we’re into it.

£120 | Ghost | Buy it now

Glamorous Midi Cami Dress In Midi Spot

We love how light and airy this polka dot summer slip is. Just throw in your weekend bag for the easiest outfit for your weekend away.

£28 | ASOS | Buy it now

Madewell Denim Mini Dress

Only the coolest cats rock a denim dress, and this is one of the best we’ve seen. The indigo blue, button-up front and tie strap details keep this from veering into cowgirl realms.

£145 | Net-A-Porter | Buy it now

Solid & Striped Peekaboo Cutout Velvet And Satin-Trimmed Ponte Dress

This one works equally as well as a sultry after dark number or a pretty day dress when paired with a straw hat and bag. Divine!

£195 | Net-A-Porter | Buy it now

J.Crew Wrap-Effect Ruffled Crepe De Chine Midi Dress

How fabulous is this vivid red, ruffled wrap dress? The classic silhouette and flattering shape mean you’ll be re-wearing this for summers to come.

£200 | Net-A-Porter | Buy it now

Ganni Charron Checked Dress

Ladies who live in dark denim and battered leather all winter, this one’s for you. With long sleeves, a grungy check and a hem that’s just the right length, there’s no need to compromise on your edgy aesthetic here.

£170 | Browns Fashion | Buy it now

Mes Demoiselles Francesca Floral-Print Silk Mini Dress

We imagine wearing this warm-toned dress while wine-tasting in the South of France. Or down your local boozer. Either works.

£210 | Matches Fashion | Buy it now

Mango Short Shirt Dress

Have yourself feeling like a 50s pin up in this fit and flare shirt dress. Plus, who doesn’t love a lemon yellow?

£49.99 | Mango | Buy it now

Whistles Daisy Print Ester Dress

This daisy print dress is crying out to be worn for leisurely summertime strolls. And when you feel like it, swap your trainers for heeled boots and you have another outfit altogether.

£145 | Whistles | Buy it now

Zara Printed Strappy Dress

This printed strappy dress is a real conversation starter owing to its Baroque-worthy print. Wear with a low heel for summer party dressing aced.

£69.99 | Zara | Buy it now

Reformation Genie Dress

This slim-fit dress is the perfect balance of casual yet undeniably special. Looks equally good with trainers as it does mules.

£168 | Reformation | Buy it now

Monsoon Kristina Fit&Flare Dress

We adore the golden yellow hue on this fit and flare number. Perfect for your next sophisticated ladies lunch.

£110 | Simply Be | Buy it now

Jessica Reynolds
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