Floral, animal print and colorful styles

Floral, animal print and colorful styles

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It is a universally recognized truth that as temperatures rise, so do the sheaths. We hope to have a golden summer this year and with life pretty much back to post-pandemic normal, that means a schedule full of fun and games is on the cards.

From festivals and get-togethers in the park, to day trips out of the capital and holidays abroad, we need a wardrobe that can keep up with the itinerary.

The dresses are perfect, an entire outfit in one piece. There’s a style to suit every taste and flatter every shape, with more brands and designers including plus sizes in their collections.

We’ve rounded up the best options to help you shop for your new season wardrobe.

See our favorites below

Monsoon Lily print dress with purple recycled polyester

Sizes: 8 – 20

Loose and flowing with a cascading floral pattern and smooth structure, this dress will become your power player this summer. It’s perfect for all occasions, from get-togethers in a pub garden to long-planned weddings. A twist knot at the chest and balloon sleeves add drama and elegance. Recycling has never looked so good.

Buy Now £89.00, Monsoon

Gatsby Reformation Es dress

Sizes: 18 – 26

The plunging neckline and leg openings keep the air flowing around this glamorous dress from Reformation, making it perfect for weddings and garden parties where you need to elevate your style.

Buy Now £505.00, Renovation

Midi La Redoute Linen Mix dress with polka dot print and puff sleeves

Sizes: 6 – 20

Dotty for polka dots? So do we. This cream and lime linen dress with puff sleeves has the Cotswolds mini-break written all over. Combine with espadrilles and straw accessories.

Buy now £68.00, La Redoute

ASOS EDITION Blouse-sleeve midi dress with curved embroidery and contrast embroidery

Sizes: 16 – 30

Play Little House of the Prairie in this high-neck dress finished with an English embroidery in contrasting navy stitch. The full sleeves and midi length are perfect for colder summer days.

Buy now £88.50, ASOS

ASOS EDITION Yellow jacquard midi dress with pleats at the waist

Sizes: 16 – 30

This year will be an abundant summer for weddings. Get ready for every nuptial in your diary with a killer dress that is sure to come second for the bride. This floral jacquard dress with romantic puff sleeves is a beautiful proposal for formal events.

Buy now £145.00, ASOS

V-neck midi dress with V-neck Hutch

Sizes: 1 – 3XG

When life gives you lemons, sometimes there’s nothing to do but use them. This bright and cheery wrap dress is super versatile, but it will no doubt look better when the sun comes out. Pack it up for holidays or roll it out for pub lunches in the country.

Buy Now £160.00, Anthropology

Monsoon Olsen orange print shirt dress

Sizes: 8 – 24

No plans to go abroad? This fruit and flower print dress promises to bring the rivierias of the Mediterranean to you. The shirt-style midi dress features a cut in the back but is cleverly designed to prevent the bra straps from showing. A row of buttons on the front adds extra cute detail.

Buy Now £99.00 Monsoon

Lazy Oaf All The Smiles dress

Sizes: 6 – 20

The craze for all things ’90s hasn’t subsided, which gives us license to throw money at Lazy Oaf’s acid house-inspired dress. Classic smiley faces are featured melting into a bright purple background.

Buy now £95.00, Lazy Oaf

Violeta by Mango Printed dress with balloon sleeves

Sizes: 4 – 26

Vintage-inspired prints from the ’70s are all the rage – keep up with the trend in this mini brown, yellow and white daisy print.

Buy Now £19.99, Mango

Plenty by Tracy Reese Halter print maxi dress

Sizes: 1 – 3XG

A flattering maxi halter in earthy tones is perfect for hot summer nights – and days too. An elastic waistband holds you in without feeling restrictive, while the cross barbell is super flattering and has the optical illusion of lengthening your limbs.

Buy Now £198.00, Anthropology

Never Fully Dressed Plus textured maxi dress in green gingham

Sizes: 18 – 24

School may be out for the summer, but the lessons to be learned from the plaid uniform are still very high. Shape up in healthy, preppy style with this gingham midi from Never Fully Dressed. We’re totally feeling this grass green midi, which comes with flattering puff sleeves and a ruffled bodice for a more snug fit.

Buy now £99.00, ASOS

Nobody’s Alexa Midi Dress

Sizes: 20 – 24

Whether you’re meeting the parents or reconnecting with your friends, this pretty floral tea dress has you covered. The short sleeves and V-neck front provide plenty of opportunity for airflow, and pair just as well with classic Converse as they do with a pair of motorcycle boots. One with year round appeal.

Buy now £39.00, son of nobody

Karen Millen Plus Size spring green botanical curls maxi kimono fabric

Sizes: 18 – 24

Be at one with nature in this green and cream floral print kaftan from Karen Millen’s Curve collection. The floating look is ideal for high temperatures and can be dressed up for a day at the office or at the resort pool.

Buy Now £191.20, Karen Millen

VILA Curves blue floral ruffled midi dress long sleeve

Sizes: 18 – 24

Elegant enough for a wedding reception, yet casual enough for a trip to the pub, the versatility of this long-sleeved midi dress is what makes it so appealing, time and time again.

Buy now £45.00 new look

Monsoon Woodcut floral dress with green pleated bodice

Sizes: 8 – 24

The days of looking helplessly through your crowded wardrobe and still being unable to find something to wear are over. Monsoon’s summer collection is full of pretty dresses, including this halter-top number. With a midi length, it’s also appropriate for offices with a relaxed dress code. Win-win.

Buy Now £69.00 Monsoon

Juliette Reformation Es dress

Sizes: 18 – 24

Experience a Dolce Vita summer with the beautiful floral print dress from Reformation, which comes with a thigh-length opening to give your pins space to breathe. The fitted dress is smaller, so opt for a larger size if you’re not sure what’s right for you.

Buy Now £248.00, Renovation

Monsoon Millie ikat green dress

Sizes: 14, 16, 22

Dressing up for the office when it’s stuffy outside can make you hot and nervous before you even walk out the door. Luckily, a maxi-length shirt dress like this Monsoon ikat print is all you need to effortlessly take you from the boardroom to the bar. Suitable for all body shapes, it comes with a matching tie belt to help you achieve that hourglass figure.

Buy Now £75.00 Monsoon

ASOS DESIGN Red pleated and tucked-in midi dress

Sizes: 24 – 30

Serving up a night in the opera vibes of Pretty Woman, this off-the-shoulder midi dress is making a serious case for jumping right into your basket online, whether you have a big night planned or not. Currently on sale, it would be a big mistake to miss out. Huge.

Buy now £70.00, ASOS

Stretch cotton knit dress with round neck and stripes Ulla Popken

Sizes: 16 – 38

This chic red dress is as essential to a wardrobe as an LBD. It’s perfect for office wear when temperatures rise, but it will also look great for formal occasions outside of work. Patch pockets on either hip let you carry your essentials hands-free.

Buy Now £35.00, Ulla Popken

Dress never fully dressed rainbow pom pom – curve

Sizes: 18 – 24

Grab your pom poms – it’s time to party in NFD’s layered dress, which is bedecked with tiny balls and sewn-in features in every color of the rainbow. In short, everything you need to get the party started!

Buy now £99.00, never fully dressed

Monsoon Lorraine embroidered midi dress in sustainable cotton green

Sizes: 8 – 22

Part of the brand’s SEW Sustainable collection, this beautifully embroidered midi takes the frustration out of summer dress. It’s pretty enough to wear without accessories, but if you need to, some silver bangles and comfy sandals should do the trick.

Buy now £150.00, Monsoon

11 Honoré Gloria Maxi

Sizes: 14 – 20

An evening dress that will leave you feeling like a million bucks without actually spending it. This strappy maxi has enough ruffles to glide over your curves without losing its shape. Wear it with heels and cherry red lipstick.

Buy Now £268.00, 11 Honore

Erdem Kendrick Constance Bouquet cotton poplin dress

Sizes: 6 – 22

Get inspired by your grandmother’s porcelain collection via Erdem. The luxury brand began introducing the inclusive size last year for a size 22 dress from the UK. This stylish shirt design is perfect for summer, made from lightweight, breathable cotton poplin and finished with a pale blue Constance Bouquet print.

Buy now £700.00, Erdem

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