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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

best summer dresses

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.

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

The Vampire's Wife

The Honey Trap Dress
£695

Staud

Amaretti Plaid Dress
£159

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

Antonio Marras

Floral Shirt Dress
£1,000

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

Evi Grintela

Iris Maxi Dress
£530

La Vie Style House

No. 312 Kimono Dress
£728

Temperley London

Clarisse Ruffle Dress
£1,995

Erdem

Palomina Dress
£2,995

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

Gül Hürgel

Floral Print Maxi Dress
£553

Anna Kosturova

Tie-Dye Silk Maxi Dress
£432

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

Poupette St Barth

Rachel Maxi Dress
£329

Masterpeace

Floral Maxi Dress
£505

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

Rotate

Tracy Midi Dress
£282

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

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

Alexander McQueen

Endangered Flower Dress
£1,490

Gül Hürgel

Floral Linen Dress
£750

RED Alert
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

Borgo De Nor

Ariel Midi Dress
£845

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

Vita Kin

Charlotte Broderie Dress
£1,156

Samantha Sung

Aster Tulip Dress
£823

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