The 5 Must-Have Summer Dresses for 2021

Summer is a time for living in dresses and enjoying the sun. Put your jeans and sweaters in the back of your closet and stay cool while the temperatures rise. Whether you’re jetting off on a tropical vacation or grabbing cocktails with friends in the sun, you want to pick up a few new dresses to give your closet a summer refresh. We’re sharing five of our favorite must-have summer dresses for 2021 that work for every occasion on your social calendar.

If any of these catch your eyes, they’re an instant ‘add to basket’. Summer dresses are notorious for going viral on social media and selling out overnight. We all remember the white and polka dot maxi dress from Zara that everyone was wearing in summer 2019. Go on, treat yourself.

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Ghost Floral-Print Tea Dress

We’ve all binged watched Bridgerton, and if you haven’t yet, this is your sign! This floral-print tea dress by Ghost is right out of the fashion book of a modern Duchess. It’s one of the go-to brands for the Duchess of Cambridge and has a feminine silhouette that is everywhere this season. It has a versatile length that is perfect for any event and can be styled with everything from mules to sandals and tennis shoes.

Flo Dress

Coral Ditsy

Bluebell Dress


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Jump on the ‘cottagecore’ trend by picking up this Victorian-inspired tiered smock dress. Whatever your aesthetic is, you can experiment with combat boots, stilettoes, or your favorite ballet flats. It’s a transitional piece that you can pick up during the summer and wear through the autumn and winter by adding a button-up cardigan, knee-high boots, or woolen tights.

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Tiered Puff Sleeve Mini Dress

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Tiered Mini Lace Dress

Free People set

The pandemic meant that most of our summer 2020 plans were canceled, including music festivals. If you’re making up for lost time and jetting off on vacation or dancing the night away at a concert, this set is what you want to be seen wearing. It encapsulates the idea of bohemian chic and is right on trend with the midi-dress silhouette. Add your favorite leather sandals, and you’ll be ready to go.

Free People

Remi Set

Gingham Dress

We couldn’t write a guide for the must-have summer dresses without mentioning gingham. It’s a print that is as synonymous with summer as tartan is with winter. We love this Stradivarius dress as it gives you the classic print with tie-up straps and a tiered silhouette. Add your dad sandals and oversized sunglasses to finish off your look.


shirred mini tiered smock dress in blue gingham

Olivia Rubin Aubrey Pastel Ombre Silk Satin Slip Dress

If you’re celebrating a special occasion or want a versatile dress that you can wear with sneakers or stilettoes, look no further than this Olivia Rubin dress. The thin straps of the dress make it perfect for wearing as the temperatures rise, and you can add a cardigan or shawl to make the dress evening-appropriate.

Olivia Rubin

Aubrey Pastel Ombre Silk Satin Slip Dress

Which of these summer dresses is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!