The Ultimate Collection of Summer Dresses by the Fashion Police

models wearing striped cotton summer dresses

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:

selection of summer dresses in a retro-inspired style

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

three summer dresses in floral and gingham print fabrics

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:

floral print summer dresses from the UK high street

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

lightweight cotton sundresses in a range of prints
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

nautical stripe dresses for summer

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.

Summer Sundresses

photo of three sundresses in a range of styles

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


three polka dot dresses in green and cream

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

summer dresses in yellow, green and white, in a range of styles

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


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  • Reply February 29, 2012


    i really like most of the dresses they are really pretty

  • Reply March 3, 2012


    Love the blue floral dress!

  • Reply March 25, 2012


    i loved yellow dress

    • Reply April 23, 2012

      that girl

      you have bad taste

      • Reply June 12, 2012


        hahaha agreed

  • Reply May 16, 2012


    its awesooome!!! i really-really love it!They are very pretty..

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  • Reply August 23, 2012


    the dresses are nice. how much are they ?

  • Reply August 24, 2012

    Maurice Lyte

    Lovely dresses. We have similar.

    Check out some of our summer selection. Special offer this weekend. (Bank Holiday)

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  • Reply August 25, 2012


    the dresess are very nice and lovely..thats grate

  • Reply August 25, 2012

    akshita khalkho

    wow!! these dresses are fabulous…i mean i seriously lived them! :)

  • Reply September 13, 2012


    i admire them all :* magnificent!!

  • Reply November 15, 2012


    I think this COOL! I want this ! :))) MOM ,, buy this! this ! :))) please … <3

    I want my mom to buy this to me ! :)) oh-oh-oh! ^_^

  • Reply March 13, 2014

    Urmila Davie Deodat

    Very modess and beautiful dresses can wear any time keep up your good work.

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