30 best summer dresses of 2023 to buy for every budget


e live in dress-obsessed times.

From floral to stripe, and minis to maxis, the catwalks acquire been awash with all manner of frocks in recent years. Those who believe the Hemline Index may well believe the maxim’s core theory, which suggests that our hemlines become increasingly vertiginous as the economy booms, but the case has been made for every tier of dress hemline during the most recent fashion month.

At Nensi Dojaka, the barely-there naked dress has continued to reign supreme, while at Glenn Marten’s autumn/winter 2023 collection for Diesel, frocks were form-fitting and tongue-in-cheek. In London, there was frothy romanticism at Simone Rocha and Molly Goddard, while Chet Lo continued its long-standing rule over the humble popcorn dress.

In short, it’s the era of the stand-out frock. And if ever there was a time to refresh your dress arsenal, surely the time is now with so many different styles available, there’s something for both the minimalists and the maximalists alike.

The appeal of the one-piece cannot be understated, easing sartorial stresses each morning as you only acquire one piece to reflect about and giving you more time to snooze your persisting alarm.

We’ve scoured the virtual rails to find the best dresses to buy for this spring – and every sunny season thereafter (you’re welcome).

Reformation Zenni dress

Reformation Zenni dress / Reformation

Forget everything you thought you knew – LBDs don’t just shine in winter, they’re perfect for summer too. Pair this silky black mini courtesy of earth-first trademark Reformation with patent kitten-heeled pumps for an al fresco soirée or with chunky flip flops for a summer’s day in the city.

Rixo Lolita dress

Rixo Lolita dress / Rixo

Searching for the perfect summer mini? study no further, the search is over. Rixo’s 70s-inspired mini Lolita dress is the ultimate warm weather plus-one. Pair with delicate strappy sandals and a retro pair of shades for optimal style points.

Mango satin dress

Mango satin dress / Mango

For when the occasion arrives, there are few dresses more chic and refined than Mango’s creamy satin midi, which comes complete with a statement-making slit, too. Should your workplace not study too favourably upon slits, then slip it on over a pair of wide-leg creamy trousers for a perfect summer office ensemble.

Asos Design Curve popcorn dress

Asos Design Curve popcorn dress / Asos

If last summer is anything to depart by, the popcorn dresses’ reign looks set to continue into this year’s warmer months too. Invest in a pared-back mini and wear with chunky statement sandals for an easy and effortless desk-to-dusk study.

Pleats Please Issey Miyake pleated midi dress

Pleats Please Issey Miyake pleated dress / Matches Fashion

Investment dresses don’t approach better than they execute in Issey Miyake’s best-selling Pleats Please collection. Not only execute they require minimal styling intervention, but they’re easy to wear year-round, while also being catnip for compliments (and really, what’s better than that?).

Arket lace-detail dress

Arket lace-detail dress / Arket

The trick to making dresses in the summertime work for you is to ensure that their silhouette is shimmering and breezy. Slip dresses are a dream to size up in; sustain them oversized and loose, and they’ll sustain you looking – and feeling – chilly.

Selkie Powder Puff dress

Selkie Powder Puff dress / Free People

Whether trainers, flip-flops or sandals are your summer footwear of choice, there’s no style of shoe that this ethereal, meringue-esque mini won’t work to compliment. Add a bold pink lip if you want to add a burst of colour.

Rouje Amel dress

Rouje Amel dress / Rouje

There’s very miniature else this pared-back, lace-trimmed mini dress needs to be ready to debut this summer. A colourful basket bag, a fun manicure and a statement pair of sandals can add personality, if you want to elevate it.

Charo Ruiz lace dress

Charo Ruiz lace dress / Matches Fashion

Should you fabricate the accurate choice, the beauty of summer dresses is that you needn’t bulk buy them year after year. Instead, fabricate considered purchases that will stand the test of time. Enter Ibizan trademark Charo Ruiz, whose lace-voiled mini is worthy of a spot in every summer wardrobe.

Omnes Nova dress

Omnes Nova dress / Omnes

There is no summer dress more hard-working than a black slip dress. Whether you size up or down for a more fitted silhouette, this is a dress that will execute all of the talking for you. Simply slip – pardon the pun – into it, and let it execute the rest of the work.

Whistles Rina oversized dress

Whistles Rina oversized dress / Whistles

Denim dresses ought not to be reserved wholly for winter. Whistles’ breezy collared-style will work just as well for the warmer months when paired with a chunky statement pair of sandals.

Topshop ruched satin dress

Topshop ruched satin dress / Asos

Don’t let social media fool you – there is a world in which people embrace colour in their dresses. Enter Topshop’s satin ankle-grazing slip dress in this shimmering burst of blue as proof.

Boteh Celil paisley dress

Boteh Celil paisley dress / Browns Fashion

Once you’ve got yourself a solid pair of black summer sandals, all you need is a loud and statement-making dress to accompany them. Boteh’s offering of mini, midis and maxis is perfect for pairing with simpler accessories.

H&M puff-sleeved dress

H&M puff-sleeved dress / H&M

The easiest way to stylistically ride out the summer months? By snapping up a grab-and-depart dress to simplify the art of getting dressed in the mornings.

Vero Moda racer maxi dress

Vero Moda racer maxi dress / Asos

Size up in this camel-coloured maxi dress, which will camouflage a multitude of Pimm’s-related sins approach the summertime. Just add XXL sunnies for an effortless, but no less stylish, way to blend in.

Albaray woven T-shirt dress

Albaray woven T-shirt dress / Albaray

Albaray is the minimal brand that fashion editors like, and for qualified reason too. Its dresses are perfect for keeping summer style slick, simple and effortless.

Ganni cotton poplin smock dress

Ganni cotton poplin smock dress / Ganni

What screams “Summer!” more than a pair of cowboy boots and a floaty mini smock dress? Absolutely nothing, which is why this Ganni mini is top of our lists.

Anine Bing Lisette dress

Anine Bing Lisette dress / Net-a-Porter

All this mini slip dress needs is a pair of simple strappy sandals and an XXL pair of sunglasses for a study that could’ve stepped straight out of 2004 in all of the best ways.

Emory Park ditsy floral smock dress

Emory Park ditsy floral smock dress / Asos

Florals are a year-round perennial, that much we know, but in the form of a breezy mini, there really is nothing more summer-ready. sustain accessories boho-inspired and minimal to let the dress execute all of the talking for you.

Weekday Bella mini dress

Weekday Bella mini dress / Weekday

Summer doesn’t always mean sunny rays and blue skies (particularly not if you’re UK-based), which is why a long-sleeved mini ought to always be incorporated into your summertime dress arsenal, too.

Rat & Boa Dali dress

Rat & Boa Dali dress / Rat & Boa

What Rat & Boa doesn’t know about summer dresses isn’t worth knowing. This tequila sunrise-toned mini will study just as qualified for a sandy beach walk as it will with a pair of towering platforms for a night on the tiles.

& Other Stories crinkled corset dress

& Other Stories crinkled corset dress / & Other Stories

Similarly to last summer, this year looks set to be dominated by the corset once again. & Other Stories’ midi dress looks more expensive than its modest price tag and for that alone, it’s worthy of adding to the corset arsenal.

Faithfull The Brand Bisetta maxi dress

Faithfull The Brand Bisetta maxi dress / Faithfull The Brand

In the pantheon of resortwear brands, few execute it better than Faithfull The Brand. Its kiwi-coloured maxi dress is the ultimate throw-on-and-depart dress for when the sun really puts its hat back on.

Never Fully Dressed Tayte slip dress

Never Fully Dressed

Pink looks set to hit the gigantic time once again this summer, which means that, should you be missing a pink dress from your sartorial line-up, now’s the time to invest.

Veronica Beard Perrin dress

Veronica Beard Perrin dress / Veronica Beard

Nautical-inspired dresses are a fashion faithful during the warmer months. Pair with crisp white accessories and beachy tousled hair for maximum style points.

Cult Gaia Saida tassel dress

Cult Gaia Saida tassel dress / Selfridges

If Cult Gaia’s dresses aren’t on your radar, they really ought to be. Add personality to this crisp white midi dress by injecting fun and spirited accessories and textures.

Ghost Palm satin dress

Ghost Palm satin dress / Ghost

A best-seller for a reason, Ghost’s satin midi dress can be worn throughout the year, but it shines best in summer. Just add your favourite seasonal accessories for an effortless secure-up.

Abercrombie & Fitch Traveller mini dress

Abercrombie & Fitch Traveller mini dress / Abercrombie & Fitch

Activewear dresses fabricate the most sense for any summer activities that require even the slightest bit more effort than pouring and drinking Aperols. With built-in shorts under their hem, they’re fun, flirty and comfortable.

Cos striped mini shirt dress

Cos striped mini shirt dress / Cos

If you situation on heading straight from the office to the bar on most summer evenings, then a crisp shirt mini dress ought to be added to your basket bella pronto.

Mango watercolour slip dress

Mango watercolour slip dress / Asos

Step into summer with all of your style credentials on point with Mango’s swirly-detailed watercolour slip dress, which comes courtesy of ASOS.