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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

Rock the frock: dresses by Jacquemus (cream strappy dress), Valentino (orange), Ulla Johnson (blue ruffles), Chloé (cream shirt dress), and Isabel Marant (one-shouldered)

After a year of off-duty dressing, now is the time to embrace the transformative power of a summer dress, for nothing feels as fresh and spirit-lifting as light nights and even lighter dresses as the warm weather ushers in a new season. And of course, SS21’s most desirable designs are at the top of our wardrobe wish lists right now.

Whether you have an intimate event to attend, or a solo day spent exploring the city streets soaking up the sun, there’s no better reason to get dressed than to feel good, no matter the occasion. And slipping on a standout dress is an easy, effortless way to look ultra-polished in an instant. Simply pair with chic leather sandals, finish with a classic handbag and you’re ready for anything – from a picnic in the park to attending brunch and a gallery, or perhaps even a small celebration.

The best bit? Beautifully crafted dresses are truly timeless. Invest in a showpiece by Ulla Johnson – complete with riotous print and ruffles – or a maxi-length slip gown with super-fine straps by cult brand Jacquemus, and these forever pieces are sure to see you through the season, as well as countless weddings to come. If it’s a breezy but elevated day-to-night dress you’re after, consider Parisian designer Isabel Marant your go-to for cool, French-girl style; her one-shouldered floral-print mini with cut-out details is the perfect accompaniment to sun-kissed skin and will pack perfectly in future vacation suitcases. For elegant daytimes with friends, look to Valentino – its tangerine Grecian-inspired maxi can be dressed down with flats or up with strappy sandals, while Chloé’s button-up shirt dress in an ice-cream hue is ideal for city days that extend into dinner – simply add statement jewelry for a bohemian spin.

Wherever your day takes you, there’s a mood-boosting dress to suit. Bring on the sunshine.


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