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20 Summer Party Dresses for Sunny Celebrations

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The perfect partywear for long summer evenings

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With the sun tentatively poking its head through the clouds, we’ve decided it’s time to ditch the woolly layers in favour of pastures new – especially when it comes to the social season. Whether you have a wedding on the horizon, are thinking of ideas for the races or simply looking to get your boogie on during those long summer evenings, we’ve got you covered. See our edit of the best summer party dresses below, with picks from Needle & Thread and Baukjen, as well as rental options from My Wardrobe HQ and Rotaro. 

As always, before you buy, check at home to see if you have something that fits the trends we see on the runway. Re-wearing old clothes is the best way to be sustainable, but if you can’t avoid it then shop consciously at responsible retailers, as well as rental and resale sites.

Summer Party Dresses for Sunny Celebrations

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Orange slip dress

LOEWE Orange Slip Dress, £895, loewe.com

Model in white and red kaftan dress

Tallulah & Hope Salina Long Kaftan Dress, £250, generousape.com

Purple mini dress with sequin starbursts

Oceanus Callie Dress in Lilac (Size XS), rent from £40 for four days, rotaro.co.uk

Green floral max dress

Baukjen Montserrat Organic Cotton Dress, £149, baukjen.com

Model in gold and brown sequinned patchwork minidress

RIXO Sequinned Patchwork Minidress, £275, rixo.co.uk

Blue embroidered wrap dress

Monsoon Willa Embroidered Wrap Dress in Recycled Polyester Blue, £160, monsoon.co.uk

Purple long-sleeved maxi dress

Miu Miu Printed Silk Maxi Dress (UK 8), rent from £26 per day, mywardrobehq.com

Model in pink ruffled dress

Never Fully Dressed Red and Pink Kate Midi Dress, £99, neverfullydressed.co.uk

Shell print mini dress

Mary Katrantzou Tivolio Shell Print Dress (Multiple Sizes), rent from £32 per day, mywardrobehq.com

Puff sleeve pink dress

Maje Riso Floral Chiffon Dress, £329, selfridges.com

Model in burnt orange backless dress

Jasmiin The Label Leone Burnt Orange Midi Dress, rent from £19 for four days, rotaro.co.uk

Summer Song Peaches Smocked Micro Mini Dress,

Needle & Thread Summer Song Peaches Smocked Micro Mini Dress, £320, needleandthread.com

Yellow asymmetric cocktail dress

Lavish Alice Asymmetric Woven Midi Dress, £98, selfridges.com

Model in blue maxi dress with slit up the leg

Reformation Birch Silk Dress, £275, thereformation.com

Pink mini dress with cut outs

Jacquemus Limao Cutout Twill Mini Dress, £485, matchesfashion.com

Emilia Wickstead Miu Printed Faille Midi Dress, £646, mytheresa.com

Orange maxi dress with fluffy sleeves

Natalie & Alanna Orange Maxi with Marabou Sleeves (UK 8), rent from £81, byrotation.com

Patterned summer dress

Stella McCartney Mushroom Print Fringed Midi Dress, £3,400, stellamccartney.com

Zimmermann Jude Lace-up Cutout Scalloped Linen-voile Midi Dress, £595, net-a-porter.com

Green taffeta dress

Ganni Recycled Taffeta Midi Dress, £305, ganni.com

Featured image: Lucian Andrei, Unsplash

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