These Summer-Ready Printed Dresses Are Pure Joy

Joy Montgomery

Despite not being much of a dress person, I find that every time I put on a printed frock, there's a sort of strange fashion alchemy that occurs. No longer am I just a slipper-clad working-from-homer stuck in a never-ending cycle of moving from desk to fridge to sofa. Rather, I am the lady of the manor, an 18th-century duchess who spends her mornings reading quietly by the window and afternoons swishing 'round the house calling for more Earl Grey tea please, butler (aka husband). Social isolation has done funny things to all of us, okay? 

I honestly believe there is something about a dramatic dress that can distract from the day-to-day boredom and, even if it's just in a small way, help us to feel a little bit special—whether it's for Skyping family or making a cup of tea. Well, with everything from florals and checks to polka dots and animal print being embraced this season, there are plenty of options available right now, each one with the potential to imbue us with a different mood.

Who will you be today? The '60s It girl in Rixo's sunset shades or a Jane Austen heroine clad in puff-sleeve florals? An '80s matriarch with a penchant for animal print or a beach-dwelling Cali girl in floaty checks? The dress world is your oyster. So really, all I'm trying to say is whether you rediscover a love for those old favourites buried deep in your coset or discover a new style (there are plenty to feast on below), now is the time to use fashion as escapism. See you on the other side.

Style Notes: If you're not much of a floral person (same), I recommend investing in some checks. This red beauty is sure to put a smile on your face. 

Style Notes: Hark back to the '60s with Rixo's retro-print minidress, which is begging to be worn with tan accessories and pointed pumps.

Style Notes: A floral dress needn't be reserved for the daytime. Just embrace floor-grazing lengths and get ready to ace your Dress Up Fridays Zoom call.  

Shop Our Printed-Dress Edit

H&M Off-the-Shoulder Dress (£40)

Zimmermann Sunray Long Sleeved Midi (£550)

Dorothy Perkins Khaki Spot Print Tie Sundress (£22)

Lee Matthews Zoe Floral-Print Silk-Satin Dress (£780)

Topshop Black and White Gingham Cross Back Smock Midi Dress (£25)

Ganni Zip-Hem Tiger-Print Silk-Blend Dress (£172)

Cefinn Daria Shattered Glass-Print Crepe de Chine Dress (£390)

Zimmermann Super Eight Scalloped Midi (£450)

Topshop Multicoloured Puff Sleeve Frill Midi Dress (£39)

De La Vali Ohio Floral-Print Satin Maxi Dress (£495)

Vampire's Wife The Cinderella Floral-Print Cotton-Crepe Dress (£597)

Free People Beach Club Maxi Dress (£178)

ASOS Design Curve Tie Front Midi Tea Dress in Green Floral Print (£35)

Rixo Phoebe Midi Dress (£295)

Rixo Bethany Printed Cotton Minidress (£195)

Ganni Sailor-Collar Leopard-Print Cotton Dress (£97)

Petar Petrov Abia Leopard-Print Silk Midi Dress (£1245)

Rixo Pip Floral-Print Cotton Maxi Dress (£285)

Baum Und Pferdgarten Aiden Pink Floral-Print Midi Dress (£275)

Topshop Lime Green Textured Square Neck Midi Dress (£25)

Rixo Emma Tiger-Print Silk Midi Dress (£315)

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

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

This article originally appeared on Who What Wear

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