10 Summer Dresses

Well, that was glorious. What a gift of a bank holiday weekend: it felt like a holiday (even if you didn’t venture further than your garden). How lovely, I thought, to wake up every day and throw on nothing more than sunscreen and a sundress. So simple. So very much the inspiration for a blog post: a summer dress wish list*.

*Some of which I may already own. Or *possibly* might be winging their way to me right now.

I appreciate this summer dress malarkey is very personal. Alex, for instance, shies away from wrap numbers – whereas I have this Next dress (arguably worth the 6-8 wait – at that snip of a price) and find it very easy to wear. And I have tried to be mindful that not everyone wants to waft around in a skimpy, spaghetti-strapped number. To be frank, I am likely to save this look for the beach or my back garden; for work or carousing around town with the children, I like my sundresses to offer a decent degree of coverage (for dresses with slim straps or off-the-shoulder, I wear this ) – which is why I love this dress (above – and now back in stock in most sizes). And I know many people love a good sleeve, so include some sleeved options.

Bonus: all but one are under £100 (and the new Pampelone collection is so beautiful that I can be forgiven swooning after it).

1. Green print midi, £49, Topshop; 2. Blue maxi dress, £39.99, H&M; 3. White print dress, £39.50, M&S; 4. Austina dress, £145, Pampelone; 5. Floral maxi, £89, & Other Stories; 6. Flocked print dress, £39.99, Zara; 7. Yellow maxi dress, £90, Biba at House of Fraser; 8. Red polka dot, £30, Next; 9. Check dress, £49.99, Mango; 10. White dress, £65, River Island


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