6 Perfect Dress Outfits That Prove Florals Are Still Summer's Most Timeless Trend

Florals never go out of style, but sometimes, they go through a period of under-appreciation. The past few summers have been more focused on white linen dresses, gingham midis and block-coloured styles than flower-adorned frocks. But this year, I'm returning to the old-reliable—and by the looks of things, I'm not the only one.

Instagram is usually a good indicator of which trends have made it off the runway, with influencers kindly demonstrating exactly how to wear them. And as summer sweeps through the UK, floral dresses are again proving their popularity and versatility. On a warm and sun-soaked day, few items feel quite as fitting as a ditsy dress, and weddings are the perfect occasion to don a romantic rose-printed number. It's no wonder my IG feed is in full bloom.

Below, find six pretty floral dress outfits for all kinds of summer occasions, plus the pieces you'll need to recreate your favourites.

See the Floral Dress Outfits I'm Copying This Summer:

1. Red Floral Dress + Raffia Bag + Heels

Floral dress outfits: @styleidealist wears a red floral dress with blue sandals

(Image credit: @styleidealist)

Style Notes: Consider your next wedding guest outfit sorted. Some say you shouldn't wear red to a ceremony, but all people will think when they see this elegant dress is, “I need it!”

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2. Ditsy Floral Dress + Basket Bag + Slides

Floral dress outfits: @pia_mbd

(Image credit: @pia_mbd)

Style Notes: Micro florals are to summer what plaid is to winter: a match made in heaven. Team with a basket bag and tan leather sandals for the ultimate warm-weather look.

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3. Floral Midi Dress + Cardigan + Loafers

Floral dress outfits: @veroocampos

(Image credit: @veroocampos)

Style Notes: Floral dresses can be easily styled for cooler days, too. Just add a lightweight cardigan and closed-toe shoes such as loafers or ballet flats.

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4. Floral Maxi Dress + Platform Sandals

Floral dress outfits: @thelondonchatter

(Image credit: @thelondonchatter)

Style Notes: Maxi dresses have arguably dethroned midi dresses—every time I leave the house, I see someone in this floor-grazing silhouette. Opt for striking platform sandals that peek out from under the hemline.

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5. Halter Floral Dress + Denim Jacket + Strappy Sandals

Floral dress outfits: @salome.mory

(Image credit: @salome.mory)

Style Notes: Nod to the noughties aesthetic with a fun halter-neck dress, and shrug a denim jacket over your shoulders to keep the evening breeze at bay.

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6. Long-Sleeve Floral Dress + Ballet Flats

Floral dress outfits: @lenafarl

(Image credit: @lenafarl)

Style Notes: Here in the UK, sometimes long sleeves are the only option—even in the height of summer. Don't let the temperature stop you from looking chic; simply swap your sandals for ballet flats and choose a slightly more practical dress.

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Bébhinn Campbell is an Edinburgh-based fashion and lifestyle writer and editor. She started her first blog at age 14 and went on to intern at print and digital publications in Berlin and London, including Dazed & Confused and Indie magazine.

A job at a fashion startup took Bébhinn from Ireland to Scotland in 2019, where she now works as a freelance journalist and copywriter covering everything from travel and interiors to styling advice. As a contributor to Who What Wear, Bébhinn always keeps her eyes peeled for emerging trends and looks worth writing about. She prides herself on her ability to cut through the noise and identify solid investment buys, exciting new brands and fresh takes on classic design.

In her spare time, Bébhinn enjoys perusing Edinburgh’s best vintage shops, working through her out-of-control book collection and watching dog reels on Instagram.