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Get ready to receive lots of compliments in these Roman summer dresses under £50

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Get your summer dress fix from Roman. (Roman / Yahoo Life UK)

When searching for the perfect summer dress, there are several factors to be considered. You need to find a flattering fit you feel great in, make sure the fabric is breathable and choose a versatile style that you can dress up or down to ensure you'll get great cost per wear.

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And then there's the price. If you're after some new budget-friendly frocks to see you through the warmer months, it's definitely worth browsing UK-based brand Roman (formerly known as Roman Originals) right now.

Bursting with stylish silhouettes and on-trend prints, there's ample choice, ranging from classic shirt styles to tea dresses, throw-on jersey shift numbers, and much more.

Not just that, but the selection of dresses is super affordable too. Prices range between £12 and £60, with the majority under £45. In fact, all of our top picks below are under £50, which is much more reasonable than most high street stores. And if the excellent reviews are anything to go by, they are just as good as more expensive options in terms of design and quality.

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Shoppers are singing Roman's praises this season, with five-star reviews stating that the brand's dresses are "so comfortable to wear," "very flattering," and many customers have received "lots of compliments" when wearing them. Other shoppers have loved their new dresses so much that they've "ordered a second." After all, we all know how tricky it can be to finally find a summer dress that makes you look and feel great.

A few standout styles include this Boho Print Tiered Maxi Dress, priced at just £42, perfect for holidays teamed with a pair of wedges and a little denim jacket. A current best-seller is also this khaki green Scribble Print Button Through Maxi Dress that's lightweight, easy to throw on, and perfect for taking you from day-to-night.

To help narrow down your search for the perfect summer dress, our shopping editors have handpicked 12 of our favourite Roman dresses below that we think are a must-have for any summer occasion.

Sizes: 10-20 | Colour options: 5

You're sure to feel confident in this lightweight and versatile maxi dress for a special summer occasion. Designed with a buttoned front and elasticated waist for a smart and comfy silhouette, one shopper even called it 'a flattering little gem.' The frill hem and intricate lace inserts add a feminine and elegant touch, while it also boasts the added bonus of pockets.

What shoppers say: “The quality and sizing are great. I love Roman if I want an outfit for a special occasion or something that is classic and comfortable."

£48 at Roman

Sizes: 10-20 | Colour options: 3

We love this new floaty tiered dress that comes in a striking geometric print. Featuring a V-neckline, short sleeves, button detailing on the bodice, and a tie waist, it has all the features of a flattering midi dress that you'll wear time and time again. It would look great with heeled wedges for the office or dressed down with trainers and a denim jacket on the weekends.

£40 at Roman

Sizes: 10-20 | Colour options: 8

This statement smock dress is the perfect easy-to-throw-on number to pack for your summer holiday. It’s breezy, crafted in a tiered shape with a floaty skater skirt, and features subtle frills on the sleeves and skirt hem.

What shoppers say: “Love this dress, I wore white sandals with it, and it looked great. Nice and cool in the warm weather, too.”

£38 at Roman

Sizes: 10-20 | Colour options: 6 

This is the easy-to-throw-on jersey dress your summer wardrobe is missing. Featuring a figure-flattering mock button-down design with an imitation wrap-over style, it’s both pretty and practical. It comes in an epic six print options, and shoppers say it always gets them lots of compliments.

What shoppers say: “I am really pleased with this dress, fits perfectly, the length is great and the sleeve length is perfect for me.”

£30 at Roman

Sizes: 10-20 | Colour options: 3

Feel comfortable whatever the occasion in this flattering and floaty dress. Featuring an elasticated shirred waist that cinches you in but still remains comfortable, shoppers love the lightweight material, self-tie belt, and short sleeves. One customer loved it so much they even went back and bought another.

What shoppers say: “This dress is very easy to wear. Very flattering for the fuller figure. The material is very light and cool feeling, so will be ideal for warm summer days.”

£42 at Roman

Sizes: 10-20 | Colour options: 3

If you’re after a new stand-out maxi, look no further than this ultra-flattering and stretchy number that comes in a range of bold, bohemian prints. From its sweetheart neckline with tie detail to the elasticated short sleeves and airy tiered skirt, it ticks all the boxes. Plus, it’s suitable for everything from a last-minute BBQ to a day at the beach.

What shoppers say: “I bought this dress a couple of years ago and find it so comfortable. Had so many compliments. Buying again in a different colour.”

£42 at Roman

Sizes: 10-20 | Colour options: 3

One thing about a polka dot dress is that it will never going out of style. We’re sure that if you are able to nab this timeless dress before it sells out, you’ll wear it for years to come. We love the feminine V-neckline, short ruched sleeves, and thick waistband, which helps to create flattering pleats throughout the dress.

What shoppers say: “This is my absolute favourite dress of all time. It fits beautifully, is very flattering and is extremely comfortable.”

£45 at Roman

Sizes: 10-20 | Colour options: 1

Who doesn’t love a shift dress in summer? This soft and stretchy jersey dress is an ideal choice for all-day comfort as it’s made from a cool cotton-blend. To elevate this minimal number, there’s beautiful embroidered detailing on the neckline and hem, so it’ll look equally as good dressed down with sandals or up with heels.

£38 at Roman

Sizes: 10-20 | Colour options: 1

This smart and sophisticated belted shirt dress is sure to get lots of wear and looks much more expensive than it is. Featuring short sleeves with tab cuffs, practical side pockets, and a detachable fabric tie belt, it has all the features you need to pull off an effortlessly elegant outfit.

£40 at Roman

Sizes: 10-20 | Colour options: 3

This paisley-printed maxi dress, which has the bonus of pockets, is proving very popular. With its relaxed shape helping to elongate the body and a gathered skirt ensuring a flattering, flowy fit, it’s easy to see why. Shoppers say it’s a perfect dress for everyday wear and looks great with wedges, sandals, and trainers.

What shoppers say: “Such a lovely dress! Really comfortable to wear, very elegant and it has pockets! Just perfect!"

£36 at Roman

Sizes: 10-20 | Colour options: 2

This dress style is super on-trend this season and selling out fast on the high street. It combines a cool, cotton skirt with a comfy stretch jersey top for an easy, flattering, and comfortable silhouette that you’ll want to wear again and again. And yes, it also had pockets.

£32 at Roman

Sizes: 10-20 | Colour options: 2

What first caught our eye about this effortlessly chic midi were the short, floaty angel sleeves and the flattering shirred waist - two summer dress design choices we always love. It’s also incredibly lightweight and, thanks to the smart button-down design, can be styled for a number of different occasions, from a summer wedding to the office.

£40 at Roman