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Summer dresses: The 15 best styles to buy now

How to stay cool and chic in this heat

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As the weather heats up, it's finally time to dig out your favourite floaty summer pieces to keep you cool during the warmer temperatures.

Whether you love making a statement in brands like Aje or Nynne, are on the lookout for summer staples from Rails, Loewe and Sleeper, or want to go bold with prints a la Carolina Herrera and Dolce & Gabbana, then we have got some excellent summer-dress options for you.

Of course, whenever we shop for something new, we always do so with a conscious mind – and don't just shop for now, but for seasons to come, which is why you need to look out for pieces that you know you will be happy to wear forever. And don't forget, if you are always on the lookout for new sustainable brands to discover, then check out our round-up here, while renting a summer dress for special occasions or buying secondhand are great options too.

Below, we have rounded up the best, most versatile dresses to invest in now that will last you for seasons to come. Whether you are after something for your day-to-day wardrobe, your beach holiday or a day in the office, there is something in this edit for you. Scroll down to find the best dresses of this summer.

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Aje
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£818.00

Aje is one of our favourite Australian fashion labels, known for its bright colours and bold silhouettes. This two-toned offering is a particular favourite for this season, which is perfect for dressing up in the sunshine.

Nynne
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£432.00

We love this versatile bright pink dress from sustainable Scandinavian brand Nynne – its oversized fit and lightweight cotton will help you keep your cool all summer long.

Carolina Herrera
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£1,610.00

Carolina Herrera's strappy dress mixes two of our go-to summer prints, polka-dots and florals. Style this dress with your favourite sandals for a feminine look.

Sleeper
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£215.00

Sleeper is one of the fashion set's go-to summer brands, known for its carefree, comfortable but effortlessly chic designs. This season, we have our eye on this beautiful dress with puffed sleeves, which is made for long summer days in the park.

Loewe
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£1,300.00

Look no further than Loewe's halterneck maxi dress for the ultimate summer investment. Its floaty nature means not only is it totally wearable throughout the hotter months, but it also is very flattering. Team with a basket bag and oversized sunglasses for a stylish ensemble.

Tach Clothing
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£210.00

This colourful crochet creation is summer in a dress. It is the perfect partner for you beach holiday, or just for relaxing in the local park. Better yet, it's statement enough but not trend-led, meaning you can wear year after year and look forward to digging it out every summer.

Rixo
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£275.00

Rixo's ruffled number has a flattering square neck and is made from a cool cotton-voile, in printed tropical palm leaves and flowers. It's the ideal choice for summer soirées or balmy vacations.

Dolce & Gabbana
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£980.00

Nothing quite says summer quite like a Dolce & Gabbana printed dress. This style will bring some Italian magic into your life. What's not to love?

Ganni
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£215.00

Ganni's seersucker style has become one of the label's trademark designs – and we are loving this lilac colour for the summer. Wear with the brand's statement slides for strolling around in the sunshine.

Zimmermann
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£595.00

Bring the holiday feeling home with this strapless design by Zimmermann, whose beautiful summery designs are always winning over the fashion crowd.

Stine Goya
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£195.00

Danish brand Stine Goya is known and loved for its use of bold colours and playful shapes. Scandi style is one of the most emulated aesthetics, down to its focus on joy-sparking style and comfort, and this offering is no different.

Staud
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£230.00

We can imagine wearing this Staud dress with a cocktail in hand, soaking up the last rays of the evening sun. Keep cool all season long with its lightweight cotton fabric and loose fit.

Rails
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£248.00

Rails' white summer dress is ideal for throwing on for a day out or dressing up for a dinner. We guarantee it' wil be part of your summer wardrobe for years to come.

Reformation
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£200.00

Time and time again, Reformation perfects the summer dress that you can wear all season. This floral frock features
adjustable shoulder straps with tie fastenings at the back, so you can ensure maximum comfort as temperatures soar.

Nicholas
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£180.00

Investing in the Australian label Nicholas should be top of your shopping list this summer – its feminine and playful designs make each dress a win for the warmer months.

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