While this spring weather remains a rollercoaster ride, we're starting to see glimpses of glorious sunshine. The warmer days may be lifting our spirits at present, but they're also reminding us of just how hot those summer days can be.
If you're already finding yourself shunning your denim jacket and wishing you had braved bare legs on days over 18C, you may be thinking of preparing your summer wardrobe with a few extra cool pieces.
Why we rate it
The summer mini dress originally launched in a flattering monochrome floral print, which was an instant hit with Matalan shoppers as it ticks all the boxes of being lightweight, breathable and stretchy.
The sleeves are the perfect length and give you a little bit of coverage, while at the same time being floaty enough to keep you cool.
We especially love the small details like the square neckline with a cute little tie, and the lovely ruffled hem which makes it look like worth way more than a mere £12.50 (we still cannot get over that incredible price point!).
Plus, the Bardot neckline means you can wear it off the shoulder or on – whatever takes your fancy.
The flattering smock dress is available in sizes 8-20 and is very roomy, so some shoppers recommend sizing down. Though we like the slightly oversized look, especially for summer.
It's no wonder shoppers have said it's a "a winner all round" and due to popular demand Matalan has now bought out the dress in a second blue design, which shoppers are thrilled with.
“How beautiful is this on, it's absolutely stunning" says one shopper. Adding: "If you have a tummy it makes you look really slim. I would give this dress 10/10. So what are you waiting for go and buy it!!!”
We'd have to agree, whether you just wear it around the house when the heatwave hits, or roll it into your hang luggage for your summer holiday, we're sure it will be a well worn addition in your summer wardrobe..
The affordable price point may even mean you can invest in both versions, giving you two versatile looks, which some shoppers are already doing.
What the reviews say
The fact it flows over your body rather than clinging is a winner. Plus, Customers also raved about the quality of the fabric which doesn’t need ironing, which lets face it is always an added bonus.
“A beautiful little dress lovely fit and easy to just pull on over your head ideal for summer and taking on your holidays nice and cool and light weight so great for packing into your suitcase and doesn't crease also washes lovely and doesn't need to be ironed so it's a winner all round."
“I struggle to find dressed that are not too clingy and Ines that fit well. Plenty of room in this dress to cover your bumps but material is too thin but will be ok for very hot weather. Very pleased with this dress."
"Dress is gorgeous really pretty and feels lovely."
"Bargain buy. Really nice good quality dress. True to size and perfect length. Lovely for the summer and such a reasonable price."