Everyone needs a new summer dress and we’ve got a great selection from Danish designers and French brands. We even have home-born British talent such as Pink City Prints: for day wear, you can’t go wrong with organic cotton printed dresses designed by owner Molly Russell.
Pink City Print dresses are perfect for the Chelsea flower show, any summer daytime event and for generally ticking all the day dress boxes. We simply love their spring-summer collection, which launched in mid-March.
There’s an array of stunning block prints from this must-have British brand. We particularly like the Robyn dress - which comes in indigo blue and scarlet posy - for £175.
As an alternative to the shirt dress from Pink City Prints, why not try Des Petits Hauts, one of our key French brands, as they seem to nail the daytime dress market. Worth noting this season are their stunning sundresses and easy-on-the eye prints. We particularly like the Teleane Dress (£199) in a turquoise check, which gives a nod to our mum’s style in the 1980s!
A perfect sundress is the Elaine dress with the parasol print (£179). If you want to cover up your shoulders, the Edalie dress is £179 in a bright print.
One of our favourite brands for the summer season is British brand M.A.B.E Apparel. They have the perfect mix of beach and city, so are great pieces to buy for both locations. We particularly like the Orli square neck print in purple (£179) and the Ava sundress in green (£165). It’s definitely worth thinking about this brand, which has a more casual feel.
A brand along this theme but from our friends in Greece is the artisan brand Pearl & Caviar. It’s under the radar still, so if you want to look a bit different have a look at them. The Zakar maxi sundress for £199 is the perfect mix of colour and shape and an easy thrown-on for the beach or a picnic.
Another relaxed boho Parisian brand is Leon & Harper with its Randa dress (£185), which comes in two colour options. It’s a sleeveless summer dress with a V neck and colourful panelling. We can’t decide which colour we like best! These would look great with some Une A Une earrings from the artisan West Coast jewellery brand. If you prefer to cover your arms, there’s also the lovely Ratha dress (£195).
Our absolute go-to for dresses under £200 is Dea Kudibal with her Rosanna Crane Olympic (£199). It would look great with a pair of Veja trainers or a heel. A really good investment piece that you’ll bring out every summer. Or, for something a little more youthful, the 100%-cotton Kindra dress in floral bliss (£159) is a baby doll dress that shows your knee. These dresses were bought with Chelsea Flower Show and Wimbledon in mind, but you can wear them very casually with Veja trainers, a sandal or a heel. Or wear them now with an MDK Rucy Leather Jacket. We like the idea of making your wardrobe work hard!
Bold AND BRIGHT prints
The new kids on the sustainability block are Cras from Copenhagen, and they have a recycled Torycras dress in purple (£155). It’s above the knee so not for everyone. If you want something longer, try the Lillicras, also in purple (£155). Both dresses also come in leopard and have unique, eye-catching prints with a youthful style.
Fellow Danish brand Stella Nova has the Charlie dress for £179, which comes in black with some orange flowers. If you’re a fashionista, you’ll know this brand. It’s 100% cotton, has a peter pan collar, and is a sweet little day piece to wear with flats or trainers. This will see you until the end of summer: a perfect little run-around.
And, finally, our favourite Belgian brand, Essentiel Antwerp, has a knockout dress called the Bokchoy maxi dress for £190, which would look fabulous in either London or Ibiza.