It’s a request we hear over and over at this time of the year – find me a casual summer dress I can throw on and feel comfortable in, looks stylish and will keep me cool, that I can dress up or down using accessories…
As a personal stylist, I can say that we love dresses; they’re easy. You don’t have to think about mixing and matching tops and bottoms. All you need to do is throw it on, add pair of shoes and possibly a jacket, cardie or great accessory and off you go.
That’s the easy part. Sometimes the hardest part is finding the perfect casual summer dress.
We understand that not every dress is going to suit everyone’s criteria- arms covered, lower legs covered, knees covered, no synthetics, midi, maxi- but here are our fashion stylists favourite summer dresses currently in store from size 6-26, why we love them and how they work for your shape.
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Witchery Ditsy Print Soft Sleeve Dress – this is such a great cut and the print is super flattering too! For those wanting to accentuate the waist but cover the arms (and knees) and who have a generous bust, this is a great choice.
Jacqui E Lola Linen dress – a simple shift dress is a summer staple and is perfect to throw over your swimmers or can be dressed up with accessories and heels for a summer night. The style is best worn un-belted and is designed to sit loosely on the body, which is why it’s a great summer option.
Elk Flikrin Shirt Dress – This dress can be easily styled with a fresh white sneaker or a chunky sandal for a stylish and refined everyday outfit. Throw on your cross body bag and you’re ready to brunch in style!
Harlow Endless Summer Night dress in cinnamon – made of a soft spongy double faced cotton, this dress is the perfect throw on and go. Team with sneakers and a cross body for daytime casual or with a strappy heeled sandal and clutch for evening. You can wear belted or relaxed like a kaftan style – again, for a great beach cover up! Harlow is is ethically made in Melbourne.
Dissh Smock Dress – the smock style is perfect for those who want something comfortable and who prefer to keep their bodies covered but legs out! The open neckline helps to provide length to the body so is great if you’re wanting to cover the tummy.
Seed Tiered Smock dress – another good option for those who love to show off their legs but keep everything else covered.
Elk Tia Linen Dress (also in red and navy) – the perfect lightweight dress for high summer, made from semi-sheer, luxurious French linen.
Country Road French linen midi dress – another easy breezy option when the weather is hot and you want something that breathes on the body. And it has pockets!
Arnsdorf Gaia dress – this style epitomises easy summer dressing. The voluminous silhouette is airy and comfortable while balancing interesting stylistic proportions. Arnsdorf is ethically made in Melbourne and I may have purchased this one myself in the ecru. I LOVE IT.
A.BCH Sleeveless Skivvy Dress – a simple silhouette, the skivvy style made of beautiful organic cotton and made in Melbourne is sophisticated and stylish and can be customised to suit your personal style needs!
Sportscraft Darbie Tank Dress – another easy wearing style this tank neckline, yarn-dyed stripe dress is made from a ribbed cotton is both comfortable on the body and the horizontal stripes are extremely flattering (and camouflaging)