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13 Best Summer Dresses For Women to Beat the Heat

By Anubha Das

Updated - May 9, 2022 5 min read

Now that the mornings are brighter and the days are longer, you might feel as though you have a little more pep in your step. Although intermittent showers may keep us indoors, we’re lifting our spirits with thoughts of the sunshine-ready dress styles we can wear to every upcoming event.


The sartorial equivalent of an Aperol Spritz, a summery dress is the ultimate wardrobe pick-me-up. From mood-boosting colour block pieces to ditsy floral prints, we’ve found dresses that are endlessly stylish but effortlessly easy to wear, so you won’t feel like you’re overdoing it – even in your garden.


In fact, we like to think that a chic new dress and a nostalgic summer playlist on full blast is the perfect way to spend an afternoon. With many options to choose from, we've done the hard work for you and whittled it down to the 13 best summer dresses to buy in 2022.


1. White Perkin Maxi Dress

A breezy maxi that you can wear anywhere, from vacations to afternoon coffee dates with your BFF, is a definite summer must-have. Spun from a soft crepe fabric into a billowy silhouette, this tiered piece features intricate designs and lace trim for a chic appeal, while the tasselled tie-up offers a functional plus. Pair this best summer dress for women with your favourite flip-flops, and you are ready to go! 

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2. Ruffle Mini Dress

Ginger is the king of alternative summer dresses – the brand really marches to the beat of its own drum, and we're here for it. This ruched jersey mini is printed with retro '60s florals and features a drawstring keyhole neckline. Whether you're on a holiday or not, you'll channel a good vibe in this ruffle dress with a pair of lace-up sandals and glowy skin.

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3. Brown Dibella Off-Shoulder Dress

This vintage-inspired dress is a lightweight wardrobe staple. Dressed up or down, the off-shoulder dress is perfect for casual summer weekends. Made into an off-shoulder silhouette with a Bardot neckline for added femininity, this piece flaunts criss-cross detailing for a flattering appeal.

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4. Sleeveless Maxi Dress

A non-cling maxi that pulls away from your body is all you need on hot summer days. Enrich your going-out look with contemporary styles like this light blue Rosher dress from Nuon. Constructed in a maxi profile with a tiered base for added femininity, this piece flaunts delicate floral patterns for modish appeal, while the ruched detailing at the bodice lends the perfect fit.

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5. Solid Sheath Dress

Talk about summer lovin'. Be it a grand occasion or a casual setting, this sheath dress is set to enhance your presence. The dress flaunts a solid hue, three-quarter sleeves, and a straight hemline to add a luxurious feel to your appearance. Pair yours with flat sandals, gold jewellery, and a straw bag for outings like brunches or dates.

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6. Tiered Babydoll Dress

Holidaying to Ibiza this year? Or heading to a festival? This voluminous maroon dress is classic with a modern impact—style yours with kitten heels and a charming bag for a night out or brunch date.

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7. Floral Shift Mini Dress

Why not shake things up with a '60s silhouette this summer? This dress is cut in an A-line shift shape and finished with a bold peplum hem. It comes in this retro floral print or hot Valentino pink.

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8. Knitted Dress

Knitted dresses are huge for summer 2022. They are the new bodycon, didn't you know? They’re breathable even on hot summer days. These crocheted tank midis look incredible with flat sandals and lashings of gold jewellery. Pair yours with a wicker bag and fun sunnies for Hampton's vibes. 

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9. Brielle Dress

With short puff sleeves, a gathered waist, and ruffled trim, this midi dress is an everyday piece with a special-occasion vibe. You can wear it to a friend's birthday party or for work—simply choose between a cool pair of sneakers or delicate sandals.

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10. Relaxed Fit Shirt Dress

Add this classic shirt dress to your summer wardrobe for infinite styling options with sandals, sneakers, booties, loafers, and more. The long, relaxed fit is airy as ever in the summer heat but can be easily cinched at the waist with a belt for a more fitted look.

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11. Bold Printed Dress

As soon as we can, we'll take that much-needed vacation—and pack this bold printed dress. The best part? It's polished enough for work, making it a highly versatile summer staple.

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12. Scoopneck Midi Dress

Sporty and feminine, this almond-coloured dress gives us the fun and chill vibes we want all summer long. The ribbed fabric cinches your waist to show off your curves—style with a laid-back pair of white sneakers or sandals.

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13. Mini Denim Dress

Lighten things up in a featherweight denim dress when it's too hot to wear jeans. This mini silhouette is structured but not stiff, and like your favourite pair of skinnies, it can be easily dressed up with other pieces in your closet—like a bright handbag or shoe.

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