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The Dress Edit: The 45 best summer dresses to buy now and wear all season

The brightest and most joy-inducing dresses to elevate your heatwave wardrobe

Summer is officially here, which means it’s time to pack away the loungewear and update your sunshine style with the most versatile of all pieces – the summer dress. Whether you’re going for a stroll around the city, planning a picnic in the park or simply relaxing with a good book in the garden, a great summer dress is the effortless way to stay cool in the heat while still looking chic. From floaty florals to romantic ruffles, with a choice of maxis, midis or minis in every colour of the rainbow, these dresses are guaranteed to inject some much-needed joy into your summer wardrobe. Here’s The Glossary’s ultimate guide to the best summer dresses from the SS20 season – the forever dresses to invest in now and wear all season long.

Dancers wearing red dresses, as part of The Glossary's best summer dresses round-up
Mellow
YELLOW
Zimmermann yellow dress, as part of The Glossary's best summer dresses edit
Zimmerman
Brightside Palm Minidress
£2,600
Miu Miu yellow dress, as part of The Glossary's best summer dresses edit
Miu Miu

Floral Midi Dress
£2,400

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The Vampire's Wife

The Honey Trap Dress
£695

large staud plaid amaretti balloon sleeve cotton blend dress
Staud

Amaretti Plaid Dress
£159

large faithfull yellow linnie floral print crepe midi dress
Faithful The Brand

Linnie Midi Dress
£112

HVN yellow dress, as part of The Glossary's best summer dresses edit
HVN

Maria Crepe Dress
£362

Juliet Dunn yellow dress, as part of The Glossary's best summer dresses edit
Juliet Dunn

Embellished Dress
£287

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Antonio Marras

Floral Shirt Dress
£1,000

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Batsheva

Delsy Flora Dress
£390

Miu Miu yellow dress, as part of The Glossary's best summer dresses edit
Miu Miu

Floral Midi Dress
£2,400

wr a DR361B the honey trap dress cotton tana lawn mcloughland yellow frillseeker c8
The Vampire's Wife

The Honey Trap Dress
£695

large staud plaid amaretti balloon sleeve cotton blend dress
Staud

Amaretti Plaid Dress
£159

large faithfull yellow linnie floral print crepe midi dress
Faithful The Brand

Linnie Midi Dress
£112

HVN yellow dress, as part of The Glossary's best summer dresses edit
HVN

Maria Crepe Dress
£362

Juliet Dunn yellow dress, as part of The Glossary's best summer dresses edit
Juliet Dunn

Embellished Dress
£287

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Antonio Marras

Floral Shirt Dress
£1,000

BROWNS batsheva delsy floral print belted dress 14656074 23638380 1920
Batsheva

Delsy Flora Dress
£390

Green
ENVY
Cult Gaia green dress, as part of The Glossary's best summer dresses edit
Cult Gaia
Willow Dress
£470
Rixo green dress, as part of The Glossary's best summer dresses edit
Rixo

Kristen Maxi Dress
£315

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Evi Grintela

Iris Maxi Dress
£530

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La Vie Style House

No. 312 Kimono Dress
£728

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Temperley London

Clarisse Ruffle Dress
£1,995

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Erdem

Palomina Dress
£2,995

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Three Floor

Constantine Dress
£305

Ganni green dress, as part of The Glossary's best summer dresses edit
Ganni

Printed Wrap Dress
£255

HNV green dress, as part of The Glossary's best summer dresses edit
HVN

Fromer Crepe Dress
£590

Rixo green dress, as part of The Glossary's best summer dresses edit
Rixo

Kristen Maxi Dress
£315

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Evi Grintela

Iris Maxi Dress
£530

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La Vie Style House

No. 312 Kimono Dress
£728

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Temperley London

Clarisse Ruffle Dress
£1,995

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Erdem

Palomina Dress
£2,995

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Three Floor

Constantine Dress
£305

Ganni green dress, as part of The Glossary's best summer dresses edit
Ganni

Printed Wrap Dress
£255

HNV green dress, as part of The Glossary's best summer dresses edit
HVN

Fromer Crepe Dress
£590

Blue
MOOD
Markarian gown, as part of The Glossary's best summer dresses edit
Markarian
Arabella Maxi Dress
£2,118
Alexander McQueen blue dress, as part of The Glossary's best summer dresses edit
Alexander McQueen

Dancing Girl Midi Dress
£2,850

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Gül Hürgel

Floral Print Maxi Dress
£553

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Anna Kosturova

Tie-Dye Silk Maxi Dress
£432

large rosie assoulin stripe striped cotton poplin wrap dress
Rosie Assoulin

Striped Wrap Dress
£1,029

Pucci blue dress, as part of The Glossary's best summer dresses edit
Emilio Pucci

Print Wrap Dress
£651

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Poupette St Barth

Rachel Maxi Dress
£329

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Masterpeace

Floral Maxi Dress
£505

by any other name stripe shirred cotton blend gauze midi dress
By Any Other Name

Gauze Midi Dress
£553

Alexander McQueen blue dress, as part of The Glossary's best summer dresses edit
Alexander McQueen

Dancing Girl Midi Dress
£2,850

gul hurgel floral belted ruffled floral print linen maxi dress
Gül Hürgel

Floral Print Maxi Dress
£553

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Anna Kosturova

Tie-Dye Silk Maxi Dress
£432

large rosie assoulin stripe striped cotton poplin wrap dress
Rosie Assoulin

Striped Wrap Dress
£1,029

Pucci blue dress, as part of The Glossary's best summer dresses edit
Emilio Pucci

Print Wrap Dress
£651

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Poupette St Barth

Rachel Maxi Dress
£329

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Masterpeace

Floral Maxi Dress
£505

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By Any Other Name

Gauze Midi Dress
£553

In The

PINK

Magda pink dress, as part of The Glossary's best summer dresses edit
Magda Butrym
Dover Floral Dress
£1,179
Solid Matches pink dress, as part of The Glossary's best summer dresses edit
Solid & Striped

Linen Midi Shirt Dress
£365

ROTARTE MT
Rotate

Tracy Midi Dress
£282

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Banjanan

Marta Printed Dress
£206

Peter Pilotto pink dress, as part of The Glossary's best summer dresses edit
Peter Pilotto

Floral Puff Sleeve Dress
£850

large love shack fancy pink rigby pleated cotton midi dress
LoveShackFancy

Rigby Floral Dress
£485

Borgo de Nor pink dress, as part of The Glossary's best summer dresses edit
Borgo De Nor

Adelaide Crepe Dress
£595

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Alexander McQueen

Endangered Flower Dress
£1,490

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Gül Hürgel

Floral Linen Dress
£750

Solid Matches pink dress, as part of The Glossary's best summer dresses edit
Solid & Striped

Linen Midi Shirt Dress
£365

ROTARTE MT
Rotate

Tracy Midi Dress
£282

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Banjanan

Marta Printed Dress
£206

Peter Pilotto pink dress, as part of The Glossary's best summer dresses edit
Peter Pilotto

Floral Puff Sleeve Dress
£850

large love shack fancy pink rigby pleated cotton midi dress
LoveShackFancy

Rigby Floral Dress
£485

Borgo de Nor pink dress, as part of The Glossary's best summer dresses edit
Borgo De Nor

Adelaide Crepe Dress
£595

ALEX MCQUEEN
Alexander McQueen

Endangered Flower Dress
£1,490

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Gül Hürgel

Floral Linen Dress
£750

RED Alert
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Ulla Johnson
Freesia Maxi Dress
£1,095
Vita Browns red dress, as part of The Glossary's best summer dresses edit
Vita Kin

Shalimar Midi Dress
£1,900

Salvatore red dress, as part of The Glossary's best summer dresses edit
Salvatore Ferragamo

Printed Cotton Dress
£795

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Borgo De Nor

Ariel Midi Dress
£845

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Reformation

Sigmund Midi Dress
£270

Rixo, Sonja floral print midi dress
Rixo

Sonja Midi Dress
£189

Michael Kors Polka Dot Silk Ruffle Dress
Michael Kors Collection

Polka Dot Dress
£1,550

large vita kin red charlotte broderie anglaise linen midi dress
Vita Kin

Charlotte Broderie Dress
£1,156

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Samantha Sung

Aster Tulip Dress
£823

Vita Browns red dress, as part of The Glossary's best summer dresses edit
Vita Kin

Shalimar Midi Dress
£1,900

Salvatore red dress, as part of The Glossary's best summer dresses edit
Salvatore Ferragamo

Printed Cotton Dress
£795

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Borgo De Nor

Ariel Midi Dress
£845

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Reformation

Sigmund Midi Dress
£270

Rixo, Sonja floral print midi dress
Rixo

Sonja Midi Dress
£189

Michael Kors Polka Dot Silk Ruffle Dress
Michael Kors Collection

Polka Dot Dress
£1,550

large vita kin red charlotte broderie anglaise linen midi dress
Vita Kin

Charlotte Broderie Dress
£1,156

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Samantha Sung

Aster Tulip Dress
£823

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