It's heating up and our wardrobes can feel it too. When the Australian weather reaches its peak, there's nothing more refreshing than the perfect summer dress. Easy to throw own, ideal for all day wear and climate appropriate, the right dress, for the right occasion is a summer outfit match made in heaven. The process of narrowing down that selection can become unnecessarily overwhelming, which is exactly why we've curated an edit of the best summer dresses to shop in 2020.
Whether you're a lover of breathable linen, prefer to make a statement in the season's most covetable prints or want to keep it clean in crisp summer whites, these summer dresses have earned a firm place on our list of the season's most lust-worthy fashion pieces.
Linen summer dresses
Summer's unofficial uniform is the linen dress. Not only is the material extremely breathable, but the noteworthy functionality certainly doesn't mean a compromise on style. Tiered maxis, short and sweet minis and cut-outs define this season's most popular variants.
Printed summer dresses
Embrace the flirty and playful nature of summer with a colourful, bright printed dress. It's one of the simplest ways to inject colour into your wardrobe, especially if you tend to lean towards a monochrome palette.
Maxi summer dresses
Maxi dresses are one of the most versatile lengths in the summer-dress rotation. Not only do they ooze an unparalleled level of elegance, but they're also office-appropriate and can be worn casually with a chunky sandal or a midi-heel.
Crisp white summer dresses
Nothing screams summer quite like a crisp white dress. There's no occasion where a white frock isn't suitable – long lunch, lawn bowls or afternoon aperitivo's by the ocean. Everyone needs at least one white dress in their collection.
Cut-out summer dresses
Show a little skin this season by embracing one of the season's biggest trends – the cut-out. Many of our favourite Australian designer's are leading the way with their own interpretations, from subtle iterations to statement pieces.