Slay the heat: Shop this season’s cute and breezy summer dresses

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Cute summer dresses are probably our favourite items in our wardrobes — they’re effortlessly feminine, super easy to dress up and down and completely timeless.

When we think of summer dresses, we think bright colours and bold floral patterns that are sure to brighten up even the dreariest of days. 

They’re also great for every occasion! Whether you’re heading to the office, a picnic in the park, or on holiday, there are some lovely summer dresses on the market that will suit various events and aesthetics. 

Pair with some heels for a night out, some white sneakers for a cool daytime look, or a pair of black combat boots for the edgy vibe — there are so many looks a summer dress can fit. 

So read on to discover some of our favourite pieces to add to your wardrobe. 

Cute summer dresses for women

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Slay the heat: Shop this season's cute and breezy summer dresses

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ASOS DESIGN Linen Cami Mini Sundress With Ruffle Hem

You save £4.80 (20%)£24

The simple silhouette of this mini dress is complemented by its fun, bright flowers and ruffle hem. 

We think it’s perfect for any day of the week, and that it will also pair nicely with tights and boots to wear in the colder months — versatility is always a good thing!

If you don’t like the coloured flowers, this dress is also available in plain black, purple and blue.

Slay the heat: Shop this season's cute and breezy summer dresses

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UO Rosie Playsuit

While this isn’t strictly a dress, it certainly looks like one — just with added coverage. 

The floaty playsuit is perfect for anyone wanting something they can really do anything in (without worrying about it blowing up in the wind). 

The ruched detailing and stretch panel at the waist are uber-feminine and make this a really trendy piece.

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Eyelet Cotton Dress

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Nothing says summer quite like a white mini-dress. And this adorable one from Michael Kors is everything we’re dreaming about this summer. The barely-there straps, coupled with the sweet eyelet embroidery and flattering silhouette make it perfect for anything from brunch with the girls to a casual shopping trip. 

Pair with some mules for a dressed-up vibe, or cowboy boots if you’re looking for a more daring look.

Slay the heat: Shop this season's cute and breezy summer dresses

Photo: Nobody's Child

Chevron Crochet Knitted Long Sleeve Mini Dress

If you’ve been searching for the perfect holiday fit, this is probably the one for you. 

We’re obsessed with this boho knitted dress for so many reasons; the fluted sleeves, the sweet green and blue pattern and the fact it’s made out of 100% cotton. 

Slip this on over your bikini for a day exploring, or a lazy day on the beach.

Slay the heat: Shop this season's cute and breezy summer dresses

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Topshop Curve Printed Linen Strappy Mini Dress

You save £5.50 (18.97%)£29

This floral dress is one of our faves for curvier girls. The linen material is super breathable, making it perfect for those scorching summer days when you want to sit outside with an icy drink. 

The cute tie-back adds an extra girly touch to this otherwise simple dress. We also love the larger floral print, and would pair this with some clean white trainers.

Slay the heat: Shop this season's cute and breezy summer dresses

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Solid Ruffle Tie Shoulder Mini Dress

If you want a ditsy, flowy dress, you probably can’t do better than this adorable one from Cider. 

The frilly hems and tie straps are ultra-feminine and give us major Disney Princess energy.

Pair with some cute strappy heels, and you’re sure to dazzle on date night.

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Oasis Midi Dress

Offering the quintessential boho-chic aesthetic Free People is known for, we just can’t get enough of this stunning dress. Between its subtle chic colour and undeniable milkmaid vibes, we’re definitely obsessed. 

This midi dress is complemented by a flowy silhouette which is sure to make every body type shine, while the smock bodice and poofy sleeves help add a little dimension and a distinctly feminine (yet funky) shape, too. 

It’s the perfect piece if you’re going on holiday and looking to turn heads. And what’s more, it comes in tons of colours, so there’s definitely an option for every boho babe out there.

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Bandeau Printed Midi Dress

You save £2 (11.11%)£18

Summer isn’t only about florals. This versatile wavy print dress is giving all the right vibes for your upcoming summer holiday — imagine walking along the seafront during golden hour in this. 

We think the timeless bodycon silhouette paired with the uber-trendy abstract pattern is sure to accentuate all your curves. 

It’s made from 95% polyester, making it super easy to wash, is moisture resistant (always great if you’re going out out!), and is really affordable. 

We also love this dress for a night out at the club with some heels, but think it would work equally well paired with trainers for a more casual, daytime look. 

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Fruit Knotted Split Midi Dress

How adorable is this peach print dress? From the tie straps to the subtle waistline, we like the modern take on this classic silhouette. 

Like many of the pieces from Cider, this dress comes in both plus (up to size 28) and straight sizes, meaning that everyone can feel the joy of wearing such a dainty, feminine dress.

Slay the heat: Shop this season's cute and breezy summer dresses

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Blue Denim Alexa Midi Tea Dress

Who doesn’t love a denim moment? 

This vintage-inspired dress makes for a perfect practical day piece. The timeless tea dress silhouette is uber-flattering and comfortable, ideal for a day in the park with the kids or a daytime date with your special someone. 

It’s made from 100% cotton and is super soft, so it doesn’t have any of the rough denim texture that sometimes puts us off denim dresses.

Slay the heat: Shop this season's cute and breezy summer dresses

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Bernice Eco Delphine V-Neck Midi Dress

Why not add some fun and colour to your workwear looks — we guarantee your colleagues will be asking where you got this.

We love the playful purple and white pattern and think the contrasting white buttons make this dress a really cute contender for your summer wardrobe. 

The smocked panel at the back helps to subtly cinch in your waist, making this pick flattering for all body types.

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Floral Cut Out Back Ruffle Maxi Dress

You save £27.80 (20%)£139

Can’t find a dress for an upcoming wedding? We’ve been there. If you’re in this dreaded predicament, we have the solution: this fun ruffle maxi dress from Coast which is sure to stun at any event this summer. 

The bright floral pattern, cut-out back and asymmetrical ruffles make this dress one you definitely don’t want to miss out on. Even better, use code ‘DRESSUP’ for an exclusive extra 20% off! 

Slay the heat: Shop this season's cute and breezy summer dresses

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Tabitha Maxi Dress

We’re kinda obsessed with all the fun prints this dress comes in — but this purple and blue pattern is definitely our pick of the bunch. 

This maxi sundress is made from 100% organic cotton and hand-block printed in Jaipur. Plus, the dyes are all azo-free and water-based, so the carbon footprint for these dresses is super low. 

We love that this comes in both regular and petite lengths, which will limit your (usually pricey) trips to a tailor.

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Zebra Print Halter Jersey Maxi Dress

You save £15.80 (20%)£79

This slinky zebra print halterneck piece is perfect for anyone looking for a non-floral bold pattern. But there’s a lot we love about this dress — the fun print is just the cherry on top. 

The gold details, like the hoop at the front and the chains at the back, add a little pzazz (plus they give a hint as to what colour accessories to wear!), and the slits on both sides will reveal a cheeky bit of leg.

Pair this with some colourful strappy heels to really help bring out the fun, summery vibe of this gorgeous Karen Millen dress.

Slay the heat: Shop this season's cute and breezy summer dresses

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The Bettina Tiered Midi Shirt Dress by Maeve

This dress takes your classic shirtdress to a new level — and it’s surprisingly versatile. 

The bold floral pattern and timeless silhouette ensure it's permanently on-trend. 

Fully button up the dress for an office-ready look, or leave it open for a more relaxed yet sophisticated holiday vibe.

Slay the heat: Shop this season's cute and breezy summer dresses

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JJXX Ribbed Racer Neck Midaxi Dress

You save £7 (20%)£35

A cotton bodycon is a staple in many of our summer wardrobes — they’re comfortable, stylish and can be worn in tons of ways. 

We love this black option for its simple design (sometimes you just want a basic, no-frills outfit). 

Pair it with a bomber jacket and sneakers for a sporty feel, or cute sandals for a dressier occasion.

Cute maternity dresses for summer

Slay the heat: Shop this season's cute and breezy summer dresses

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Seraphine Adalia Button Front Striped Linen Cotton Maternity & Nursing Dress

This is undoubtedly one of our favourite maternity dresses out there — it’s great for before and after the pregnancy. 

The button-down style and blue and white pinstripes are a timeless design and the perfect addition to your spring and summer wardrobe. 

We love that this can seamlessly blend into your nursing clothes collection as you can undo the buttons for easy access for breastfeeding your new bundle of joy. It’s also extra comfy — an absolute essential during this time for you. 

Slay the heat: Shop this season's cute and breezy summer dresses

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Wednesday's Girl Maternity Flutter Sleeve Chintz Floral Midaxi Dress

You save £5.20 (20%)£26

This maternity mini-dress is seriously so cute, right? We think it’s perfect for a baby shower thanks to its cute whimsical floral and strawberry pattern.

Designed to fit from bump to baby, we love the feminine aesthetic that the flutter sleeves and thigh-high split offer.

Pair this with some white trainers, or colourful sandals to complete the summer fit.

Our verdict: These are our favourite cute summer dresses

It’s clear there are some really cute summer dresses in this list, but if we had to pick a favourite, it would be the Oasis Midi Dress from Free People — we’re honestly obsessed with the effortless femininity and boho chic vibes of this dress.

We also love the Topshop Curve printed linen strappy mini dress — it’s simple, but completely adorable and a great everyday dress for warmer days. 

The Seraphine Maternity & Nursing dress is our top choice for every pregnant woman this summer. We love that it’s made to be suitable for before and after you give birth, and think it’s a great way to feel a little dressed up during this special time.

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