A Dress To Impress: The Fenwick Summer Dress edit

If, like us, you waited for the first sign of sun to shop for the season, there's no need to worry. Now that British Summertime has reared its glorious head, there's still plenty of time to find the perfect summer dress — and we've got you covered with a pick of the best.

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It can be hard to avoid fashion crimes when trying to strike a balance between summery and sophisticated, so while you take in a healthy dose of Vitamin C — and possibly a glass or two of rose in the sunshine — make sure you also take in the trends of the season.

Off-the-shoulder styles and bohemian maxi dresses are a safe bet for any occasion, while shorter shift dresses in bright colours can take things to a more formal level.

Whether you're headed to an outdoor party, picnic, or simply need to get through a day in a sticky office in style, the season's selection from the likes of Ted Baker, French Connection, MaxMara, and Warehouse have you covered.

Scroll down for our pick of the best Summer dresses you'll find at Fenwick.



The Off-the-Shoulder Dress   

You simply can't go wrong with a relaxed, off-the-shoulder dress, designed to flatter like this effortlessly chic striped example by French Connection.


French Connection Belle Stripe Dress, £70; Available at Fenwick Colchester



The Button-Up Midi Dress

This cold shoulder button-down Warehouse number is truly a desk to dinner, on-trend, and versatile piece for the season.


Warehouse Tiger Button Through Dress, £46; Available at Fenwick Tunbridge Wells



The V-Neck Dress

Just pair this flattering pleated v-neck dress with mules and the perfect clutch for a summer evening look to kill. 


French Connection  Pleat Lace Jersey Dress, £85; Available at Fenwick Colchester



The Floral Frill Dress

You can't go wrong with fresh white and florals for any setting. This pretty Vila dress complete with frills is a garden party must.


Vila White Floral Dress, £35; Available at Fenwick Colchester



The Layered Sun Dress 

Simple; a cute layered sun dress - the right pair of sandals and a tan handbag would make this outfit complete.


Esprit Tiered Dress, £59; Available at Fenwick Canterbury



The Maxi Dress 

Maxi dresses might be comfortable, but you don't have to sacrifice style. This striped MaxMara dress is ideal for demure Summer days.


MaxMara Stripe Long Maxi Dress, £280; Available at Fenwick Colchester



The Boho Dress

Go boho chic with a subtle pattern and a loose-fitting style like this easy breezy dress from Great Plains - a Summer holiday must-have.


Great Plains Dress, £75; Available at Fenwick Canterbury



The Tropical Print Dress

The Hanie dress was made to be worn in a tropical location — but if there's no holiday on the calendar, it's perfect for an al fresco dinner, too.


Ted Baker Hanie, £209; Available at Fenwick Tunbridge Wells



The '70s Maxi

Channel the 70s with a relaxed pattern maxi, like this colour Scotch & Soda dress, made to be worn with summery sandals.


Scotch & Soda, £159.95; Available at Fenwick Tunbridge Wells

By Alison Millington