I Live in Dresses in the Summer—5 Trend-Proof Brands I Always Come Back To

I live for the ease and comfort of a loose fit on the daily, so it's not completely surprising when I say summer dresses become my ultimate go-to when the temperature rises. Now, that's not to say that I don't appreciate the laid-back vibe of flowing trousers or the classic appeal of a crisp white tee, because I do, but dresses are just unbeatable for me. They offer the perfect balance of style and practicality, making it easy to look put-together without sacrificing comfort. My secret weapon for finding these perfect pieces? NET-A-PORTER, of course.


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At the start of every summer, I do a little perusing on the site for pieces to add to my minimalist wardrobe that will work year after year, and this time, it delivered—and then some. I love how a great dress can make me feel instantly polished with just one piece. Whether I'm heading to a casual brunch, a day at the beach or an evening gathering, a well-chosen dress always fits the bill. I've come to realise that dresses not only keep me cool and comfortable but also save me so much time when getting ready—no need to worry about matching tops and bottoms; a dress is an outfit in itself. Plus, they make packing for holidays a breeze—just roll and you're good to go. From understated classics to vibrant prints, the luxury retailer's curated collection of pieces from a few brands that do dresses so well has caught my eye. There's something for my every summer mood.


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Which brands have stood out to me, you ask? Well, there are five. Dôen captures that dreamy, vintage-inspired aesthetic I adore, with pieces like the Piper Ruffled Ramie Mini Dress (£377). Meanwhile, Faithfull The Brand, known for its bohemian charm and travel-inspired designs, is my top pick for casual, laid-back looks. Tove and Matteau offer pared-back designs perfect for those days when I want to keep things simple yet stylish; and for occasions that call for colour galore, Farm Rio has me covered.

Whether I'm in the mood for a classic silhouette or a splash of colour, I can always count on these brands to deliver exactly what I need. Below are the dresses that are getting me excited about summer.

Shop NET-A-PORTER's Best Summer Dress Brands:

1. Dôen

2. Faithfull The Brand

3. Tove

4. Farm Rio

5. Matteau

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Humaa is the Junior Branded Content Editor at Who What Wear UK, where her expertise lies in paid for and affiliate stories for beauty and fashion brands. Humaa has a BA Hons degree in English literature and previously held editor roles at British Vogue and Marie Claire US. Most recently she moved over from the Who What Wear US Branded Content team to join the UK title to help build out the team on home ground. She is a September baby and though does not believe in astrology, cannot deny that she is a Virgo through and through. When she's not trying to poke a hole through her credit card on a daily basis, because of her job writing many, many shopping stories, you can find her making her way through her Kindle Unlimited TBR list–spoiler: it's a long one. Follow her on Instagram at @Humaa.Hussain