10 high street summer dresses to stock up on now | The Sun

SUMMER has arrived, and we are dusting off our summer wardrobe filled with vibrant dresses.

For some, they may be fed up of their summer wardrobe, or want to invest in new pieces, and we're here to help.

Some summer trends do not change too much, such as the love for summer dresses, whether they are midi, maxi, or mini, sleeveless, puff sleeve, or bardot.

Bold prints and patterns also come out in the warmer seasons, especially gingham, and floral ditsy print, but there are plenty more to shop too.

With a summer dress all you have to do is throw it on, add shoes, accessories, and you're out the door.

Summer dresses are effortless, but make you look chic, classy, and put together, even if you did get ready in five minutes.


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Dresses can be styled multiple ways, dressed up or down, so you can be full on glam for a summer wedding, or recycle the dress for a shopping spree on the weekend with pals with a pair of trainers or flat sandals.

Convinced you yet? Maybe these favourite summer dresses of ours will tempt you.

Shop our top summer dress picks

1. Mango

When the summer months come, whether you are enjoying the UK weather or heading off into the sunset further afield, a loose fitting midi dress is exactly what we want.

This design is super flattering, uber feminine, lightweight and cooling, perfect for scorching summer days.

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You can wear to the beach, on a brunch date, or in the evening to go out out, it's that versatile.

  • Open back flared dress, £49.99 from Mango – buy here

2. New Look

A puff sleeve is always in fashion come the summer months, and the mini length is also a great choice.

The monochrome floral print is timeless, and makes this an affordable, yet stylish, design we are snapping up for the warmer days.

Pair with trainers, flats, wedges or heels, depending on the occasion and enjoy basking in the sunshine.

  • Black Floral Puff Sleeve Mini Dress, £31.99 from New Look – buy here

3. M&S

This Button Through Midi Dress is the perfect everyday garment to wear in the summer.

The midi length provides extra coverage, yet it is loose and not too skintight to leave you feeling uncomfortable or restricted.

It's available in classic white or a rust red.

  • Linen Rich V-Neck Button Through Midi Dress, £39.50 from M&S – buy here

4. John Lewis

A few of the things we love in the summer include: lightweight linen fabrics, vibrant colours, and summer dresses.This design features them all.

Inject a pop of colour into your wardrobe with this number, though the faint-hearted may prefer the all black colourway to ease your way into summer dressing.

The high square neck, and thin straps, combined with the straight fit, and side leg split, makes for a simple but classy summer dress to take you to work, weekend brunch, everyday casual wear, as well as more formal summer occasions this season.

  • High Neck Linen Dress, £55 from John Lewis – buy here

5. River Island

In the summer some may want a fuss free design, which is easy to wear, style, and is not restrictive.This is the answer.

Whether you are enjoying the sunshine on a cute picnic, heading to the beach, going on holiday, this midi dress will see you through all occasions.

It features a ruched bust detailing, with tie front fastening, before it billows out into a midi skirt, so rest assured no strappy tan lines for you.

  • White Bandeau Midi Dress, £39 from River Island – buy here

6. Topshop

Every summer we see the return of knitted, or crochet, dresses, and this year is no different.

This sleeveless, square neck design, is more of a midaxi length, and boasts a thigh high split so you can move without feeling restricted.

You can layer over a bikini when heading to the beach or to sunbathe poolside, on its own with a denim jacket and sandals, or with heels, maybe even a quirky belt for an evening out.

  • Topshop knitted square neck midi dress, £55 from ASOS – buy here


We have been eyeballing this one shoulder midi dress from ASOS for a while.

It is a creative twist on the classic bardot, or puff sleeve midi dress, and we love it.

The one shoulder feature is super feminine, and shows off the delicate decolletage, and shoulders, while the side cut out and thigh high split, makes this number a more elevated style perfect for any time of day and occasion.

It also comes in cream, and we would happily live in both all summer long.

  • ASOS DESIGN linen one shoulder midi dress, £36 from ASOS – buy here

8. Daily Sleeper

Sleeper know how to do summer dressing, and do it well.

We live in our Atlanta dress every summer and holiday, and have done for many years, as they never go out of fashion. So, they are well worth investing in.

It comes in various prints and colours, so you can choose one to suit you, though we love the gingham as it is simply timeless.

The dress has lining in the skirting for coverage, and you can choose to wear the puff sleeves to cover the shoulders, or off the shoulder.

  • Sleeper Atlanta off-the-shoulder shirred gingham linen-blend midi dress, £267 from Net-A-Porter – buy here

9. Nobody's Child

Nobody's Child never fails to impress us, whether it is the array of dress styles or slogan t-shirts.

While there is a bountiful selection of dresses to shop at Nobody's Child, one bestseller is the Delilah Midi Tea Dress, and we can absolutely see why.

This design is flattering for all body shapes, thanks to the midi length, slight plunge neckline, and short puff sleeves.

  • Floral Puff Sleeve Delilah Midi Tea Dress, £55 from Nobody's Child – buy here

10. Never Fully Dressed

Never Fully Dressed is another firm favourite shopping destination when hunting for summer dresses and occasionwear.

What we love about the brand is you can wear almost anything, multiple ways, and this multifunctional ethos not only helps us nject a new lease of life into our wardrobes, as we can style one item numerous ways, but it is easy on our purse strings too.

One item we are lusting over is the Kenickie Dress, which boasts a halterneck, open back, is midi length, and just chef's kiss.

  • Black Kenickie Dress, £89 from Never Fully Dressed – buy here

Complete the look with an on -trend pair of New Balance trainers. 

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