This Is the Summer Dress I Always Come Back To

Barbara McMillan

Love dresses? Then you've come to the right place. We're always here for you to document the biggest dress trends and since last summer we noticed that the favourites tended to be of the polka dot variety. Then for this year's spring/summer collections, polka dots were even bigger news and were featured in an array of different styles—whether oversized or backed by bold colours, summer 2020 is when the polka dot really takes centre stage. 

The best thing about this trend? It's a style that's not going to date, and if you play your cards right (i.e., pick a dress that makes you feel good and fits you well), you'll be wearing this hero piece for many years to come. At the top of my list is the Mother of Pearl collaboration with John Lewis & Partners (spotted on Zeena Shah, above) and Kitri's '70s-inspired belted number, which is sure to suit every body type and will bring a smile to your face (it's literally the perfect shade of pink). Also, Ganni's fabulous statement collar mini needs a mention, but be quick as it's in the sale and about to sell out. Scroll down to see that and shop our full edit of polka-dot dresses. 

Who What Wear's Hannah wearing a flamenco-style gown from De La Vali.

Style Notes: A black polka-dot midi is now a firm favourite in the fashion girl's wardrobe. Just add chunky sandals for comfy WFH style. 

Shop Our Polka-Dot Dress Edit

Mother of Pearl Tencel™ Gathered Spot Shirt Dress (£179)

Ganni Sailor-Collar Polka-Dot Cotton Dress (£195)

H&M Crêpe Dress (£25)

Kitri Tara Pink Polka Dot Shirt Dress (£145)

Mango Belt Long Dress (£60)

Traffic People Mia Polka Dot Midi Dress in Multicoloured (£105)

Emilia Wickstead Anatola Pleated Polka-Dot Silk Shirtdress (£866)

Staud Daisy Polka-Dot Print Shirt Dress (£159)

Saks Potts White Polka-Dot Matte-Satin Midi Dress (£445)

Gabriela Hearst Descartes Polka-Dot Silk Shirtdress (£1595)

Staud Daisy Polka-Dot Print Shirt Dress (£275)

H&M Mama Puff-Sleeved Dress (£25)

Mother of Pearl Tencel Gathered Spot Shirt Dress (£179)

Dorothy Perkins Black Daisy Embroidered Sundress (£32)

Racil Olive Polka Dot-Print Midi Dress (£490)

Free People Penelope Mini Dress (£88)

Lee Mathews Cherry Polka-Dot Cotton Maxi Dress (£433)

H&M Off-the-Shoulder Dress (£40)

H&M Lyocell Dress (£20)

Paul & Joe Royans Polka-Dot Satin-Jacquard Wrap Mini Dress (£585)

Paul & Joe Festia Polka-Dot Silk Crepe De Chine Midi Dress (£604.78)

Laura Garcia Georgiana Pleated Polka-Dot Silk-Chiffon Midi Dress (£650)

Staud Marwa Ruffled Polka-Dot Cotton-Blend and Tulle Midi Dress (£127.5)

Faithfull the Brand Margherita Shirred Polka-Dot Crepe Mini Dress (£92)

Self-Portrait Ruched Printed Crepe Midi Dress (£352)

Peony Poolside Polka-Dot Woven Maxi Dress (£293)

Next up, the biggest spring/summer 2020 fashion trends to know. 

This piece was published at an earlier date and has since been updated. 

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