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The Fashion Memo

The best summer dresses of the season

Whether you’re drawn to floor-sweeping hems, romantic ruffles or vintage-inspired minis, this season’s covetable summer dresses are an effortless addition to any closet – not to mention a failsafe way to elevate your off-duty look

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On the runway: Jacquemus (pastel maxi dress), Isabel Marant (white mini dress), Ulla Johnson (multicolored ruffled dress), Brandon Maxwell (white off-the-shoulder dress)

For those who’ve indulged in a few weeks of luxe loungewear, now is the time to harness the power of great design and add a sense of ceremony to your daily routine. At the top of our wish list right now are most desirable dresses.

You’d be forgiven for thinking that dresses should be reserved for big events, but an empty diary is no reason to deny yourself. In fact, slipping on a standout dress is an effortless way to look ultra-polished, and boost your mood, in an instant. Simply pair with chic leather sandals, finish with a classic handbag and you’re ready for anything – from a stroll through the park to an expedition to your local grocery store, or maybe even a backyard barbecue.

The best bit? Beautifully crafted dresses are truly timeless. Invest in a showpiece by – complete with riotous print and ruffles – or a diaphanous gown by cult designer Simon Porte and these forever pieces are sure to see you through the season, as well as countless weddings and vacations to come. If it’s a breezy but elevated day dress you’re after, consider Parisian designer your go-to for cool, French-girl style. Her white cotton micro-mini is the perfect accompaniment to sun-kissed skin. Once drinks with friends are back on the agenda, simply add a black blazer, barely-there sandals and statement earrings for an insouciant after-dark look.

Of course, getting dressing up may seem trivial during these tumultuous times, but we’d argue that there’s value in any activity that brings joy – and a moment of normality – to your day.

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