The Dresses That Will See You Through Every Summer Occasion

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by Arianna Chatzidakis |

The power of the perfect summer dress is undeniable: it's confidence boosting, it's versatile, and it's oh-so-easy to style. Arm your wardrobe with one of these dresses and you'll be in for a winning summer. See some of the styles we're coveting for this season, below.

Dress 1: The Red Number

When investing in a summer dress, you want to get one that'll see you through all of your summer plans, from a stroll on the beach to a breezy weekend BBQ. And that's where this red number from AND/OR comes into play. Cut to a simple shift shape, this bold wardrobe staple boasts elegant flared sleeves and a glorious ruffled Bardot neckline with a printed leaf pattern. Talk about romantic.

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Credit: Dress from AND/OR, £85; Exclusive to John Lewis & Partners

Dress 2: A Summer Twist On The 'LBD'

This season we're looking at this playful ruffle midi dresses thanks to the soft pleat design and cold shoulder detail. It'll keep you cool in hot weather. Wear it during the day to nail an understated cool vibe, or with heels in the evening. Double win

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Credit: Dress from AND/OR, £75; Exclusive to John Lewis & Partners

Dress 3: Printed Perfection

Our favourite summer dress collection, you ask? AND/OR's new limited edition range consisting of five standout, Boho-Ibiza dresses in collaboration with Victoria Elefante from La Galeria Elefante including this one in the vibrant star pint. We love. Already a favourite with fashion influencers like Katherine Ormerod and Erica Davies, these dresses are exclusive to John Lewis & Partners, meaning that not many people will have them - perfect for avoiding a 'twinning' dress moment!

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Credit: Dress from AND/OR, £195; Exclusive to John Lewis & Partners

Dress 4: Lust-Worthy Motifs

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Credit: Dress from Whistles; £179; from John Lewis & Partners

Good news: animal print is here to stay. This summer, don your favourite animal motif dress for a look that packs a wild punch. For even more sass, opt for a dress that has a pleated tiered skirt and fitted waist, like this gorgeous one from Whistles.

Make your summer dressing a breeze by heading into one of John Lewis & Partners stores for a free personal styling appointment, where expert stylists will help you find the pieces that are just right for you.

Shop Grazia's favourite summer dresses below, in-store and online at John Lewis & Partners:

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Dress from AND/OR, £195; Exclusive to John Lewis & Partners

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