24 Heatwave-Proof Dresses That Come in Under £100

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From polka dots and smocks to back-baring midis and pops of print, the results of 2021's affordable dress deep dive are in, and I can confirm that we're experiencing a stellar year. With temperatures reaching a sweltering 31 degrees this week, it's fair to say that summer has finally arrived, and in turn, sent us scrambling in our wardrobes trying to dig out our favourite heatwave-proof frocks. Honestly, the British weather can be so hard to keep up with sometimes.

So what are we seeing from 2021's offering? Well, I can confirm that the oversized silhouette has returned, but this season, it comes with unexpected details, such as a cut-out back or an eye-popping print. While I love a good neutral, I am also welcoming in the mood-boosting appeal of colour and print. The pervading trends include '90s tie-dye (Weekday has a great selection), checks, graphic florals and the odd Breton stripe.

My personal fave? It would have to be COS' gathered dress, which looks far and above its £79 price tag. I am also enjoying the return of linen, a dress fabric which is perfect for those "I'm too hot to move" days. Just add sunnies and velcro sandals. I also recommend popping over to Monki and COS if you're in the market for a throw-on-and-go T-shirt dress—the latter has a particular oversized style this season that comes in black, pink and off-white, so all your bases are covered. Ready? Scroll down to see and shop the under-£100 dresses that have been given the editor seal of approval this year.

Shop My Under-£100 Dress Edit

COS Gathered Dress (£79)

H&M Lyocell-Blend Dress (£30)

Finery Kaylani Linen Midi Dress, Line Green (£59)

Nasty Gal Floral Tie Front Long Sleeve Maxi Dress (£21)

Cos Oversized T-Shirt Dress (£55)

Fp Beach Margaret Midi Dress (£78)

H&M Smocking-Detail Satin Dress (£35)

H&M A-Line Lyocell-Blend Dress (£35)

Monki Midi Pleated Dress (£25)

Forever New Curve Square Neck Tiered Midi Smock Dress in Gingham (£90)

Warehouse Mini Dress With Embroidery (£63)

Warehouse Pique Colourblock Tie Back Midi Dress (£39)

Arket Cotton Lyocell Tier Dress (£69)

Warehouse Drawstring Midi Dress (£47)

H&M Long Lyocell-Blend Dress (£18)

COS T-Shirt Dress (£45)

Ghost Luella Dress (£95)

Lost Ink A-Line Dress With Collar and Balloon Sleeves in Vintage Denim (£30)

& Other Stories Statement Collar Floral Mini Dress (£75)

ASOS Design Shirred Neck Maxi Smock Dress With Pephem in White Based Floral Print (£38)

Mango Organic Cotton Puffed Dress (£30)

& Other Stories Flowy Puff Sleeve Midi Dress (£85)

House of Sunny Hockney Dress (£98)

Arket Lyocell Nylon Belted Dress (£27)

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