July 2, 2021News
Summer is right around the corner. Once the temperatures start to rise, we put our jeans firmly to the back of our closet and rediscover our love for dresses. During summer, there’s nothing else that we can wear other than dresses. Whether you’re working on your summer tan or want to stay cool, then a dress is your BFF for the summer season.
There are hundreds – if not thousands – of dresses for you to choose from. We’re rounding up a few of our favourite summer dresses, so that you can get a head start on building your summer closet. Don’t forget, summer dresses notoriously sell out, especially if they go viral on social media. You’ll want to snag these dresses ASAP before they sell out. Trust me. Your closet will thank you!
If you’re a fan of the knitted jumper dress, we’ve found the summer alternative for you. You get the classic silhouette with the benefit of a breathable jersey fabric. What we love about this dress is that it’s a lookalike for the vintage Celine dress that Sienna Miller recently wore. You can get the same look for summer 2021 at a fraction of the price.
Milkmaid dresses are one of the classic silhouettes that make a reappearance every summer. It’s the perfect choice for making a splurge purchase. This mini dress will work for any occasion, whether you’re heading out for brunch or going on vacation. This breezy dress is the perfect choice for a feminine dress to see you through the summer months.
If you like the first dress on this list, you’ll love the classic rib-knit dress. There’s nothing chicer than a tank dress with a rib-knit fabric that you can wear anywhere. You can style this dress with mule sandals or keep it casual with white sneakers.
Embrace your inner Duchess and take a leaf out of the Duchess of Cambridge’s fashion book by picking up this floral-print tea dress by Ghost. This feminine dress is one we expect to see everywhere this season. We love this dress in the shorter version as it gives you the most versatility and is perfect for any summer event on your calendar.
Your summer closet needs an oversized midi dress. This classic silhouette is one that you can wear for a picnic in the park or when relaxing on the beach. They’re so comfortable that you could even sleep in these dresses. This & Other Stories dress incorporates several of the biggest summer trends, including tiered silhouettes and seersucker fabric.
Another dress from & Other Stories that you want on your radar is this Victorian-inspired smock dress. You can wear it with anything from combat boots to ballet flats or your favourite stilettoes. What we love about this dress is that you can wear it as a transitional piece through to fall and winter by adding woollen tights or knee-high boots.
Cut-out dresses are one of the biggest trends for summer 2021 and this style by Mango is one of our favourite budget-friendly choices. The mellow yellow shade is a must-have for summer. You’ll want to wear this dress if you’re heading on a tropical vacation or attending a beach wedding. Don’t forget to finish your outfit off with leather sandals and cocktail in hand.
Whether you’re planning to dance the night away or grab a few drinks with friends, this ombre Olivia Rubin dress will see you through it all. The silhouette is easy to wear, and you can add a cardigan or shawl on top to layer up when the temperatures drop in the evening. The ombre colour palette is right on trend and universally flattering.
If you want a feminine dress that you can wear to a garden party or afternoon tea, look no further than this style by OMNES. The sustainable brand has taken the classic midi silhouette and added a corset-inspired lace-up back with a lip print across the dress. Everyone needs at least one ethical fashion choice in their coset for summer 2021.
This ‘Astrid’ tea dress has a feminine puff sleeve and is lightweight, making it ideal for summer wedding or any occasion that you have in your diary. It’ll take you seamlessly from day to night.
If there’s one trend that you need to jump on for summer 2021, it’s smock dresses. We love the classic and minimalistic silhouette of this style by Urban Bliss Plus. It’s plus-size friendly and has a universally flattering square-cut silhouette.
Embrace your inner bohemian chic with the Regina midi dress. This dress is perfect for a music festival or if you’re jetting off on vacation and want a look that no one else will be wearing. Free People is our go-to brand for bohemian chic, and they’ve nailed it with this midi dress. Layer a few of your favourite necklaces, add your leather sandals, and you’ll be ready to go.
Do you have a special occasion on your social calendar? Is there a wedding, graduation, or milestone birthday coming up? We think this dress would be perfect for a trip to anywhere from Vegas to Bali.
This Jacquemus TDF Saudade dress is timeless yet sultry with a high-leg slit and open back. It’s the perfect way to show off your fresh summer tan. You can also purchase this dress in white if you’re looking for a bridal shower dress or something to wear to elope this summer.
Stevie Nicks called, and she wants her look back. With the 70s trends back in style, it’s never been a better time to embrace your inner bohemian chic. This dress is universally flattering, and you can add a leather belt to help accentuate your natural silhouette.
Make a statement in this pastel dress by Olivia Rubin. The timeless silhouette and Peter Pan collar has been given a contemporary update with a layered plaster lace colour scheme. The skater style skirt and three-quarter length sleeves are perfectly on trend and universally flattering. This is the feminine dress that you’ll reach for every day during summer.
Summer isn’t complete without at least one gingham dress. We love this budget-friendly style by Stradivarius. With this dress, you get the class gingham print with a tiered silhouette and tie-up straps. You’ll spend the summer living in this dress! You can style it with classic dad sandals and your favourite oversized sandals.
We couldn’t write this list of summer 2021 dress without featuring a cottagecore inspired style. This dress by & Other Stories gives us serious Alexa Chung vibes from the late 2000s. What we love most about this dress is that it looks like you’ve found it in a vintage store, instead of picking it up from a high-street store.
The polka-dot print and Peter Pan collar gives this dress a classic silhouette that is timeless and feminine. You can add a leather satchel and dainty jewellery to complete your classic look.
Another must-have silhouette for this summer 2021 dress guide is a satin slip dress. This style is one of the most versatile that you can add to your closet. It’ll take you anywhere from a dinner party with friends to drinks at a bar. You can style this dress with anything from sneakers to flip-flops or combat boots. The thin straps make it perfect for wearing when the temperatures skyrocket and you can always add a cardigan when the temperatures start to drop in the evening.
While we usually hide away from black during the summer months, it’s still a classic shade that we think you need in your closet. If you’re wearing black, it’s best to choose a midi silhouette with thin straps to keep you cool. We love this Whistles dress that incorporates ruching on the back to give you a tailored fit without being too clingy to your figure.
Another special occasion dress that you want to have on your shopping list this is wrap dress by Majorelle. The long length and plunging neckline are juxtaposed with the thigh-high split for a sultry twist. The lemon print is one of our favourites and a classic summer style.
Which of these summer dresses will you be adding to your closet? Let us know in the comments below!
The first time you hear the phrase ‘Y2K’ it might stop you in your tracks. The name simply refers to the year 2000, focusing on the trends of the early 2000s up until 2010. Why are the trends back so soon? Usually, most fashion trends work on a twenty-year cycle as one generation grows up and sees the clothing style of the previous one. The Y2K trend has been made popular by Generation Z, who have come to love the trends they were too young to appreciate as children. There are Instagram accounts with hundreds of thousands of followers, dedicated to posting y2k fashion inspiration.
Once the temperatures start to rise and we get the first taste of spring, we all head straight to the back of our closets to grab our favourite dresses. After the last year of living through a global pandemic and wearing nothing but loungewear, we’re all ready to get back into some spring dresses. We think it’s time we all treated ourselves to a few new dresses to celebrate the spring and the light at the end of the pandemic tunnel.
Gone are the days when collars were kept for fancy dresses. They’re now official in the mainstream of fashion and it’s time for you to jump on the bandwagon. The collars that we are seeing everywhere in fashion aren’t the dainty sort that you would put on your dog. Oh, no. The larger the collar, the better! We want collars that make a statement, that have ruffles and sequins. The sort of collars that you spot across a room and that make your outfit.
Flat shoes are experiencing a major comeback in 2021, whether it’s the Birkenstocks or shearling slippers. Loafers are perhaps the most versatile style that you can add to your closet. They can take you from a day at the office to a trip to the theatre with your friends. If you’ve been scrolling through your Instagram feed over the last free months, you’ll see that influencers and celebrities are about the loafer shoes. They’re a timeless silhouette that works for any outfit.