The Chelsea Flower Show marks the start of the summer season and everyone loves to dress up for it! Even a dress and trainers - our current favourite look - is the perfect outfit for this popular event.
Floral Dresses for the Flower Show
On our list of must have dresses is the Robyn Dress (£175) by Pink City Prints. We love it so much, and you can pick your favourite from the two colours available (scarlet posy and indigo buta). It’s the perfect mid-length dress with elasticated cuffs that push up to the elbow, a pretty collar that opens into a V if you so wish, and those must-have pockets. We all love a pocket in a dress!
The trainers that we recommend styling your dresses with are from the French eco brand Veja. There are many styles, but if you want to be bang up to date, try the Condor shape. Or, for that 70s vibe, pick the Rio Branco. All are reasonably priced between £105 and £135.
Going Danish for Summer
Always a favourite on the dress front is the Danish brand Dea Kudibal. She just seems to hit the mark every time. Why not try her short-sleeved Cathy maxi dress (£219), which is a twist on a paisley. It has the perfect V-neck, is cinched in at the waist, and is made from a soft viscose woven with elastane. You simply can’t go wrong.
The Cevelyn dress (£339), with its mini floral print, is absolutely ideal for the Chelsea Flower Show. Created by another Danish brand called Munthe, it’s made from a beautifully light organic cotton and silk blend and is available in two colours. This one really is absolutely lovely: you can cinch it in at the waist with a belt or with the drawstring. It’s slightly longer at the back and will keep you cool and stylish.
Carrying on the Danish theme, why not try the under-the-radar Danish cool-girl brand Hofmann Copenhagen? You’ll be lucky if you get your hands on one of these dresses as there’s limited stock and we’re one of the only distributors of this brand in the UK! If you like to be really unique, then this is the brand for you. Why not look pretty in pink and wear the Jasmine Strawberry Dress for £299?
Also from Hofmann Copenhagen, you could go for a classic white Jeane dress for £379. Or, if you’re more of a blue girl, then why not try the Floriane dress (£359)? The embroidered flowers on a blue base give a really unusual twist on a shirt dress. A wide self-fabric belt, a frill collar that can open into a V, and side slits combine to make a very special piece. It literally has everything going on and the base colour is a delicious chambre blue that we can all wear.
All Hofmann Copenhagen dresses have pockets and are exquisitely designed. You really are getting your money’s worth and can pull them out every summer.
We’re moving onto one of our favourite French brands next with the Bowie dress in ecru (£250) from BA&SH. This pretty piece includes a little floral pattern with a tied waist and ¾ length sleeves. It’s also beautifully light and made from a cotton viscose, so ideal for warm weather. As always, BA&SH produces dresses with the perfect V-neck. If the ecru base is too light for you, it’s also available in black.
Another brand we love is Des Petits Hauts, the queen of French day wear. The Edalie dress (£179) in the pompon print is exquisitely coloured with a coral, orange, and blue floral design. The long midi dress is a great V-neck wrap dress with a short sleeve that finishes around the elbow. Again, there aren’t many UK stockists for this brand and we only have limited numbers.
The second dress we would recommend from Des Petits Hauts is the paradise Simiette dress (£189), which is covered in a fun playful parrot print. You’ve got side slits and it’s made from the most delicious 100% linen. It’s a short sleeve with a V-neck and large buttons on a navy blue base. Absolutely lovely.
And then last, but certainly not least, is our favourite Belgian design house, Essentiel Antwerp, with its bold and bright designs. I’d wear the Banther shirt dress (£240), an oversized check shirt dress with a younger tail at the back. It covers all manner of sins as it’s loose and slouchy, yet cinches you in at the waist with a soft tie. And it has the added bonus of pockets! If you can’t face wearing yellow, the Banther dress also comes in a black and off-white check.