6 Summer Dress Trends I'm Beyond Excited to Wear This Year

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If there's one thing we Who What Wear editors know about, it's where to find good dresses. It's not your typical mastermind subject, but nevertheless, it is something that we seem to be asked about endlessly, and our readers are always requesting more and more stories about dresses. In the summer, a dress is arguably the easiest thing to wear, as it can be light and comfortable yet requires little thought when it comes to styling.

This means that there are certain dress trends that peak in popularity every single summer, such as white linen or beach-style dresses and black midis. This year, there are six dress trends, in particular, that are proving popular, and with question marks around international travel, we have stuck to styles that don't require a far-flung holiday to wear them to.

All of the dresses below have a classic feel. However, there are small tweaks that make them feel special or a little different, adding new elements to your existing summer wardrobe. There are cut-outs and backless details, the use of the colour of 2021 (spoiler alert: it's bright pink) and silhouettes so varied that there really is something for everyone. Keep scrolling to see the six summer dress trends we're excited to wear this year.

1. Black Dresses

Monikh's long-sleeved dress is from It dress brand Kalita.

India's linen dress is by Sleeper.

And Jessica's strappy midi is from Warehouse.

Shop the dress trend:

Totême Crinkled Silk-Habotai Maxi Dress (£510)

Arket Shirred Sundress (£59)

& Other Stories Relaxed A-Line Mini Dress (£65)

2. White Sundresses

This is actually a £25 nightie from Marks and Spencer.

This beautiful (now sold-out dress) is from Sea.

Marianne's midi dress is from Free People.

Shop the dress trend:

H&M Ankle-Length Lyocell-Mix Dress (£35)

Sleeper Atlanta Off-the-Shoulder Shirred Linen Midi Dress (£262)

Free People Ain't She a Beaut Midi Dress (£98)

3. Gingham and Check Dresses

This gingham dress looks amazing layered over a white shirt.

Sara's dress is from New York–based label Wray.

Katherine's now sold-out red gingham dress is by Albaray.

Shop the dress trend:

Peony One-Shoulder Gingham Organic Cotton and EcoVero-Blend Dress (£335)

Wray Birdie Dress Lemon Check (£188)

Albaray Blue Gingham Midi Dress (£79)

4. Fitted Midis

We can't quite believe this dress is from Zara.

Abi's knitted midi dress is from Karen Millen.

Fisayo wears a fabulous green dress by House of Sunny.

Shop the dress trend:

Endless Summer Kokomo Midi Dress (£88)

Kai Collective Gaia Dress Green (£155)

House of Sunny Hockney Dress (£98)

5. Cut-Outs and Low Backs

This yellow midi is from Aje.

This backless minidress is by SIR.

This terracotta mini is from Cult Gaia.

Shop the dress trend:

H&M Cut-Out Dress (£40)

& Other Stories Criss Cross Strap Midi Dress (£65)

Jonathan Simkhai Rem Cutout Pleated Cotton-Blend Poplin Maxi Dress (£400)

6. Bright-Pink Dresses

This collared mini is from Jana.M the Label.

This is a pink H&M dress from last summer.

Shop the dress trend:

Dodo Bar Or Ella Ribbed-Knit Midi Shirt Dress (£525)

Gimaguas Isabel Cotton Gauze Maxi Dress (£105)

Arket Towelling Strap Dress (£55)

Up next, see our favourite dress brands for 2021.

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