Summer is pretty much the only Season I am likely to be seen out and about in a dress. I am usually much more of a denim/trouser fiend but there is something deeply appealing about wearing dresses when the temperatures are rising. First and foremost is comfort – it’s quite freeing to have your legs more exposed and secondly it’s a dream to get ready in the morning when you’re only wearing one item.
Holiday packing is that much quicker and easier when you’re packing dresses as the only other things you need are accessories and swimwear. Call me lazy if you will, but I’m definitely all about ease when it comes to a great Summer/holiday wardrobe.
The other great thing about dresses is that they don’t date as quickly as other items in your wardrobe so it’s worth investing in good materials that will last (and that are hopefully breathable!). If there’s a choice between a plain dress and a print, I always go for the latter.
My picks for this Summer are as follows (click on image for link):
If you look hard the High Street is pretty good for dresses. My favourite is Urban Outfitters for their linen. If you saw my IG Stories you’ll know I’ve bought the wrap dress in yellow. I much prefer this turned back-to-front so the V is at the back. You can do this as the pockets are quite oddly placed but it probably wouldn’t work if you have a big bust. I really like it in the red to (they are constantly adding new colours).
Florals are everywhere this season and chosen wrongly can make me look quite dowdy. I usually try and steer clear of pink/girly florals and go for brighter, bolder prints – DvF does some great ones.
Unsurprisingly there are some amazing colours, shapes and prints when you get into the higher price points. It’s definitely worth holding out for the sales though for some of them. I have put a few Borgo de Nor dresses on here (which are in the sale) but have to say although I love their colours and prints I was slightly shocked to see a lot of their dresses are polyester so even in the sale I’d find the price hard to swallow.
The Italian brand Le Sirenuse is definitely on my ‘ones to watch’ list (I bought a dress from them after Easter which I have yet to wear) along with D’Ascoli and Rhode Resort. All these brands offer very unique prints which I adore and are definitely pieces that will be in my wardrobe for a long time as they are so unique and such a joy to wear. (All these brands tend to sell out quite quickly so it’s worth putting them on your wishlist and/or signing up for updates. )
I already own two of Rhode Resort’s Ella dresses and am already hankering after a third! The printed ones are my favourite:
I love that they look equally great with trainers and heels.
£500 and over
Let’s face it, amazing dresses can come at quite a hefty price tag. I could put about ten Dolce & Gabbana dresses on here but decided against it, partly because it just makes me want them even more (if I had money to burn I’d definitely invest in a few). Knowing how few times a year I wear a smarter dress I just can’t justify spending such a huge amount on one piece, no matter how amazing. It’s always worth keeping an eye on The Outnet (if you have the patience with their ‘new’ site) as they do occasionally get some great high-end pieces at reduced prices.
My next dress purchase will definitely be another one by Rhode Resort. Can you guess which one?!