Image: Summer dresses by River Island
Summer dresses: the ultimate roundup...
If you've just spent winter wrapped up to the eyeballs in woolens and scarves, you're probably itching to get into your summer dresses. Well, we can't say we blame you: summer dresses don't just keep you cool, they're also very easy to wear, and require much less accessorising winter woolies -just throw them on, add a pair of sandals and you're good to go! Here are some of our favourite summer dresses:
Retro inspired dresses
Modcloth is a great source of retro-inspired dresses all year round, but if you're a fan of vintage-style fashion, summer is a particularly great time to indulge yourself. Cool cotton fabric, sailboat prints and flowers all just scream "summer", and these dresses will be light enough to keep you cool, while still looking stylish.
Trashy Diva summer dresses
Still on the retro theme, Trashy Diva's dresses are beautifully made, with a timeless quality which means they'll never go out of fashion. Find them here.
Floral Summer Dresses:
Miss Selfridge, Topshop; Miss Selfridge; Delia's
Nothing says "summer" quite like florals. Fresh, flirty and feminine, it's the ultimate summer print, but a floral summer dress can also be surprisingly versatile, and create a variety of different looks. The dress on the far left of the image above, for instance, has a very young, fashionable look to it, while the one next to it is body-conscious, with a sexier vibe. The black and white dress, meanwhile, has a vintage-inspired 50s-style shape, and the Delia's dress on the end is simple and classic, and would equally good dressed up with strappy sandals or dressed down with a pair of flip-flops.
Cotton summer dresses
Cotton is always a popular dress fabric in summer, and with good reason: a cotton summer dress will keep you cool and fresh - perfect for long, hot summer days! Try these ones from, Modcloth, Madje, See by Chloe and Melissa Odabash.
Stripe summer dresses
Stripes are another popular print for summer dresses, especially this summer, when the nautical look has been in all the stores. Stripes can be either retro, modern or vintage looking, as the three dresses above, show, but the use of bright, sometimes contrasting colours is what makes each of these dresses so very summery. These ones are from Miss Selfridge, Sonia Rykieland Forever 21.
Sundresses have thin straps and are made of lightweight material, usually cotton. Summer sundresses like the ones above are perfect for keeping you cool, and can be dressed either up or down, as the occassion demands: just throw a denim jacket or think cardigan over the top when it gets cool!
Jane Norman, Shop Ruche; Acne
Polka dot summer dresses
As well as being on of our favourite prints, polka dots have become synonomous with summer, thanks to the range of summer dresses that become avaialble in this print every season. Polka dots tend to lend themselves to a sightly retro look, with big skirts and tight bodices, but as the images above show, a more modern twist on the look can also look good.
Dorothy Perkins, Oasis , Miss Selfridge
Block colour summer dresses
Of course, sometimes simple is best, and you want to forget about all the patterns and stick to one colour. Summer dresses are a really easy way to wear bold, block colours, and you can break them up with a belt or cardigan in a different shade, should you wish to. And if you don't want to be too colourful, there's always good old white...
Typical summer dress, Forever 21; tie-strap dress, New Look; White cutout sundress,Dorothy Perkins