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6 Summer Dresses to Uplift Your Look

Feature: Long Read
Words by ABIGAIL GURNEY-READ

Honk the summer horn! The mercury’s on the rise – and we couldn’t be happier. Balmy climes have got us heading for the park, and, thanks to summer dresses, looking the part is a walk in one. Easy, breezy, throw-on-and-go… Meet the blue-sky styles that will see you through hot days and al-fresco evenings.

Woman wearing a pink and white jacquard dress with puff sleeves

Make It Mini

Nothing says ‘fun in the sun’ like a playful mini dress. But don’t let that fool you. What mini dresses lack in length, they more than make up for in versatility. Star styles by the likes of Rotate and Self-Portrait boast the legs to carry you through this season and the next. Sun’s out, pins out! 

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Chic Shirting

Putting paid to the philosophy that you shouldn’t mess with tradition, summer’s lightweight shirt dresses offer all the sophistication of tailoring – minus the restrictions. Work, play, everything in-between; they’re the can-do number that grafts as hard as you do.

Woman wearing a blue shirt dress with a tie waist and white leather knee high boots
Bettina Looney wearing a white long sleeve maxi dress
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Valentino

Pleated Maxi Dress

£1,950
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Midi Ground

Don’t believe everything you hear; sometimes, it pays to do things by halves. A perennial fixture of our dresses rotation, a midi dress is the style story that never gets old. We can’t get enough of Huishan Zhang’s buttery vegan leather iterations – new to Harrods this season, which team exquisitely with a pared-back mule.

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Summer Whites

What little black dresses are to party season, the white dress is to summer. Absolutely non-negotiable. Live out your Laura Ingalls Wilder fantasies in broderie anglaise looks, straight off the prairie – or keep your cool, no matter how high the temperature, care of lightweight linen and breathable cotton.

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Woman wearing a white midi dress with a fitted bodice

New Season

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Three Graces

Ruched Dia Dress

£520

The Long Game

Imbued with all of the romance that we’d hope for from our summer ensembles, floor-sweeping maxi dresses and fairytale gowns are modest yet striking all at once. This season, we’re chasing waterfalls of silk and chiffon.  

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    Zimmermann

    Glassy Floral Dress

    £1,750
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