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The Best Summer Dresses of 2022

Feature: Long Read
Words by Eleanor Hibberd

When temperatures are soaring and spirits are high, only a summer dress can match the mood. Whether you’re packing for the tropics, headed to the countryside or trying to keep cool in the city, these are the five styles you’ll need on hand (and in your wardrobe) this season.  

All in White

The search for the perfect white dress is an annual affair. This year, our efforts are rewarded in the form of Piece of White, whose penchant for crisp shirting is channelled into breezy cotton and linen resortwear that we’ll be wearing all summer long. Elsewhere, Cecilie Bahnsen and Kika Vargas make a case for statement sleeves, while Alaïa’s office-appropriate shirt dresses are a staple for every capsule wardrobe.  

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In the Midi

The sartorial sweet spot of dress lengths, the midi has long been a mainstay of our summer wardrobes. Thrown over a bikini or styled up for a sunset dinner, this multitasking cut proves versatile and stylish whatever the destination – leaving you room in your suitcase for yet another pair of sandals.  

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Maxi Impact

Maxi dresses will be your saving grace in sweltering conditions. Play to tropical surroundings with head-to-toe prints courtesy of La Double J and Agua by Agua Bendita, or keep things crisp in chic stripes that work just as well in the city as they do by the beach.  

Keep it Short

Hike up your hemlines – the new season has unanimously declared the return of micro lengths. Itsy-bitsy mini dresses are set to put in some serious legwork this summer. Show off sun-kissed skin with cut-out details and spaghetti straps, while flared skirts and puffball sleeves play to a more voluminous trend for Spring/Summer 2022. 

Colour Us Happy

Hot on the heels of a season of dopamine dressing, paint-box brights via the likes of Valentino and Jacquemus hold promise of a vibrant summer. New to Harrods, the latter’s colourful signatures are inspired by his native South of France – with every creation conjuring the carefree spirit of a sojourn in the Riviera. Don’t be afraid to colour-block with equally saturated accessories, or simply pick your favourite hue and take it from head to toe.

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