It’s going to be a summer of colorful dresses, from pull-and-wear shifts to wrap dresses and minis that will accompany you throughout the season.
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Summer is all about relaxation, but on humid and sweaty days you can feel anything but relaxed. That’s where summer dresses come in – the easiest option for hot days, the perfect or wrap dress will become the staple of your wardrobe.
So what are the trends for 2021? When it comes to casual summer dresses, it’s all about bright prints, or at the other end of the spectrum, earthy neutrals like ocher and sand. Both trends will trigger a great (fake) tan and are perfect for throwing on the beach.
For party dresses, summer 2021 will be all about sexy cutouts, but if showing skin isn’t your thing, fear not! Volume is still a big trend, with puffed sleeves and flared skirts a less revealing option.
Best casual summer dresses
Cutouts will be everywhere this summer, but if you want a casual sundress that fits the trend, but still want to wear a bra, this dress is perfect. It is also made from breezy linen, a great fabric choice for Australia’s humid climate, and is available in four different colors.
Shirt dresses never go out of style, and investing in one for your summer wardrobe is a great decision – you’ll get plenty of wear from this subdued green option, which can be worn cinched at the waist or loose if desired. Desiring maximum comfort.
We love the rust color of this light linen summer dress – wear it to shopping or pack it on your next day at the beach as an easy to throw away after a swim.
Summer work dresses
This is the ultimate strapless work dress for summer – the knotted waistband polishes things off, while the modest V-neckline and length feel office-appropriate. Bonus: it works just as well on weekends.
This heavenly green midi dress will brighten up an early workday morning, while the breathable viscose fabric will keep you cool, whether you’re rushing from school pickups to appointments or spending a day at the office.
If your office is more casual than corporate, Gorman has you covered – this flowy sundress is warm enough for an air-conditioned office, while still feeling bright and summery thanks to the beautiful Ellen Rutt print.
Who says corporate office wear has to be boring? This cobalt blue shirt dress from David Lawrence reminds us of the blue waters of Europe and the long days of summer, which means that it is sure to add a touch of spring to your step during the warmer months.
Summer party dresses
Dance the night away in this sexy 70s-inspired mini. The chocolate brown color will stand out perfectly with a (faux) summer tan, while the neckline detail allows for a strapless bra, while also playing on the trend of the cuts.
Is this the perfect midi dress for summer barbecues and holiday parties? We think so, the color block is so cool and summery, and the style works just as well with a tan wedge as it does with sandals.
Blue is going to be hugely popular in the summer, and for good reason: it makes you tan, instantly brightens your mood, and is incredibly eye-catching. This is the perfect dress for a summer occasion, be it a wedding or your birthday party.
Lilac is another color that’s going to be popular in summer 2021, and what we love about this cool sundress is that while it plays softly on the cut trend, bare skin is minimal, making it perfect. for anyone who is a little nervous about trying the style. It would also be easy to modify this dress; just ask a specialist to join the cutouts, and you’ll be left with a cute waist detail.
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