It's official: we're desperate for the start of summer. Light-filled evenings, the smell of barbecue smoke and, of course, a wardrobe that feels much more care-free than the jumpers and jeans we've been wearing all winter. And at DP - back with a modern rebrand, a fresh new logo and an online-only offering - that means the glorious start to summer dress season.
Those familiar with the brand will wax lyrical about its summer dresses - and now they're even more desirable than ever. DP is back, better than ever, and living online, making it even easier to shop the styles you love. For its latest range, dropping in early May, DP has put together a special dress edit made at its new UK factory, Thurmaston Lane. These aren't the kind of summer dresses that you'll only be able to wear for a hot minute before they go out of style.
Not only is Dorothy Perkins focusing on using more sustainably-sourced materials - with more dresses crafted out of 50% recycled fabrics - but the range is designed to suit all body shapes (sizes stretch from 8 to 20) and majors in timeless silhouettes that will go the distance; this summer - and the next 10.
Frankie – a blue-on-white, frilled-shouldered slip - promises to be your hardest-working summer dress as long as the sun sticks around to make bare legs and arms an option.
Next up is Tilly, a square-necked style with inch-thick shoulder straps. With her yellow-on-lilac colour palette – and cheeky slit up the left leg – she's an absolute winner for wedding season.
Fleur, meanwhile, would also work for high-summer parties – and definitely has the fun-factor nailed with its slightly puffed sleeves and thigh-skimming hemline. Its black background, complete with pastel flowers in pink, yellow and lilac, means that it will practically go with any accessories you throw its way.
Cassie is a wrap-around dress that will make you desperate for those balmy nights that stretch from after-work drinks to dinner to dancing. In soothing shades of tangerine, jade and lilac – and ever-so-slightly ruffled shoulders u2013it's the perfect thing for dressing up or down as the occasion demands.
The Delilah is a cream scoop-neck style with a tiered skirt that is flecked with summer's bounty: strawberries. We can't imagine a more perfect dress for Wimbledon, especially if served with an ankle-tie pair of espadrilles and a straw basket bag. (Swap the wedges for some white trainers, however, and this will quickly become the ultimate throw-on-and-go dress for a jam-packed weekends of outdoor brunches and barbecues.)
Once you've found 'the one', the only thing you need to worry about are sandals – DP's range from lo-fi buckled flats that you can wear on the beach to cross-strap wedges that would make a much more comfortable option for wedding season than slingback courts – oh, and the weather.
DP is offering Grazia readers an exclusive 20% discount. Just enter GRAZIA20 at checkout at dorothyperkins.co.uk.