Best Summer Dress Styles (& Some of Our Favourite Dresses)
Find Your Summer Style
Summer is the perfect time to let your style shine. Warmer weather means you can worry less about bundling up and focus more on clothes that make you feel your best.
If summer has bold colours calling your name, you’re not alone. Bright hues are all the rage this summer, from blue to green to orange.
Choose your favourite or mix it up this season with almost every shade of the rainbow.
Cerulean blue is a great bold colour to start with. Also known as azure blue or a sky blue, this shade is universally flattering on every skin tone.
We love the Jenny Dress. Both the colour and ruffle details remind us of ocean waves and days at the beach. This dress isn’t just at home at the beach though, and it would also work for date night or a daytime party.
If you’re looking for something bolder than blue, hot orange is, well, hot this season! While not quite neon, this vibrant orange hue is sure to turn heads wherever you go.
The Cecil Midi Dress in orange is a great way to try this trend. The classic silhouette makes this bold colour much more wearable, so this dress is great for almost any summer occasion.
Green is everywhere this spring and summer, from the new iPhone to the runways. Fashion is no exception, with almost every shade from soft green to kelly green appearing in fashion shows.
For a more approachable green hue that works for almost anything, try the Cooper Midi Dress. The pastel shade and ruffle details work great for a night out or a casual wedding.
Fashion always goes in cycles, and this year, we’re seeing a lot of repeats from the 90s and early 2000s. While some styles can stay in their decade, this year’s dress styles take the best of that era.
Relive 90s classics or try a new style this year with spaghetti straps, cut-outs and more.
Bold patterns are definitely in this summer. The 90s-inspired print in this Butterfly Effect Dress is bold while still being wearable.
Plus, the spaghetti straps make it the perfect 90s throwback. Pair it with a strappy heel, and you have the perfect modern take on a classic look.
Cut-outs are a great way to add visual interest to a dress. Whether you have a plain maxi dress or a little black dress, cut-outs make any style trendy for this summer.
For a cut-out dress that lets you show off your body in all the right places, try the Molly Dress. This dress is great for a night out with friends and goes with almost any accessories.
The slip dress is another 90s throwback that is back for this summer. This effortless look can take you from day to night and work for almost any occasion.
The Waterfalls Slit Dress in sunset is a gorgeous peach colour and perfect for summer. The slit also adds visual interest, making this simple dress a little more interesting.
Shirt dresses might not be 90s-inspired, but they’re still very “in” this summer. This casual look is great for a daytime look or a casual evening.
The Captain Button-Down Dress will have you ready for a day at the beach and works great as a cover-up. That said, it won’t leave you feeling out of place if you go out to eat afterward, either.
Classic Summer Patterns
For styles that work for this summer and beyond, try these patterns.
From florals to stripes, these patterns will have you thinking of summer no matter what the weather is.
Another summer classic, nothing says summer fashion like a floral print. Both small and large-scale floral patterns are great for summer, so you can choose what matches your personal style.
The Lily Dress is a larger floral pattern that’s the epitome of summer prints. The relatively-monochromic colour palette strikes the perfect balance of bold and wearable, making this dress work for tons of occasions.
Summer has many of us thinking of the beach, and stripes fit that bill perfectly. This nautical-inspired pattern is quintessentially summer, especially in blues and whites.
The Clare Dress gives that beachy feel without being over the top nautical. So whether you’re at the beach or brunch, this dress won’t feel out of place.
Polka dots are another classic print that works great for summer. And because it’s such a classic, polka dots can be a lot more wearable than other patterns.
For an especially wearable pattern, look for something in neutral colours, like the X Marks the Spots Tiered Maxi Dress. The classic silhouette and fun print strike the perfect balance.
For an out-of-the-box look, look for an abstract pattern. Look for brighter or pastel colours to make sure the dress still feels summery, like the Moon Mist Babydoll Dress.
This dress’ cotton candy colours and bubble sleeves make this dress super girly and cute, while the shorter hem balances out the look.
Summer Dress Lengths
The great thing about summer is that almost any length goes. Both mini dresses and maxi dresses can be equally summery depending on the fabric, pattern, and colour.
These length options will have you ready for any summer occasion (and any summer weather).
Mini dresses are great for showing off your legs and lengthening your leg line. Depending on the other details, mini dresses can work for almost any occasion.
If you’re looking for something sexier, you can’t go wrong with the Camilla Dress in red. This mini dress shows off your legs and décolletage, and the bright red colour ensures all eyes are on you.
For a dress that’s not too long and not too short, the midi dress is just right. Midi dresses hit between the knee and ankle, making them the perfect compromise.
The Kitto Midi Dress in vanilla is a great transitional piece for those early or late summer days. You could even get away with wearing it in winter with booties and a coat.
Maxi dresses hit around the ankle, making them great for cooler days or occasions where you don’t want to show as much skin.
The Animalistic Sweetheart Tiered Maxi Dress keeps you covered while still keeping your outfit fun. The classic maxi silhouette is offset with a leopard print that can be dressed up or dressed down.