Summer Dresses for All Occasions

Whether you're at a wedding or the beach, keep it easy breezy with a summery dress


For Beach and Beyond:

A loose-fitting bodice and skirt make this 100 per cent linen dress an easy option to throw on over a swimsuit. For cooler evenings, layer over a long sleeved tee.

Twenty-seven Names dress $300. Mi Piaci sneakers $200.

Picture / Babiche Martens

A Dress to Wear on Waiheke:

Ladylike and classy, a crisp white dress is ideal for a day spent eating oysters and sipping wine. Wear it with a slip underneath, or layer with a white shirt for interest and added sun protection.

Kate Sylvester dress $265. Kowtow shirt $169.

Picture / Babiche Martens

Tropical Holiday

Bring the tropics to your wardrobe with this palm tree-printed shift from Workshop. Featuring a vintage inspired Hawaiian print, this 100 per cent cotton dress is an easy warm weather go-to, whether you're on holiday or not.

Workshop dress $329.

Picture / Babiche Martens

Summer Wedding

This dress was made for dancing, or floating around a summer wedding. The wrap-front bodice and elasticated waist are very flattering, and although it's a longer gown it would look equally as good with sneakers or sandals as with heels.

Ruby dress $299. Isabella Anselmi shoes, $200, from Merchant 1948. Stylist's own hair barrette.

Picture / Babiche Martens

A Little Black Dress for Summer

If your go-to colour is black, even in summer, the key is making sure the material you're wearing is light and breathable. This black silk dress from Karen Walker is versatile and airy, perfect for staying cool in the heat.

Karen Walker dress $650, with tie worn as necklace. Mi Piaci shoes $240.

Picture / Babiche Martens

Stand Out at Summer Festivals

Forget neutrals for a second, and make a splash with this bright red mini dress from Liam. The 100 per cent cotton material avoids stickiness despite the form-fitting shape, and the cherry shade is sure to help you stand out in a crowd.

Liam dress, $169 from Ruby.

Picture / Babiche Martens

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