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Cotton Summer Dresses

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A1Sharon Sun 08-May-16 09:33:20

Hi, we are heading to Majorca for 2 weeks in July, plus, apparently it will be a lovely summer here in UK,hmm.
I want some cotton summer dresses, preferably sleeveless, not high necked.
But apparently there must be a law or something that summer dresses must be made in sweaty material,with belts,and pleats/gathers at the waist and long sleeves?
Has anyone found any?!

JapanNextYear Sun 08-May-16 09:44:23

Sea salt, marks and spencer linen, John Lewis.

YvaineStormhold Sun 08-May-16 09:44:47


YvaineStormhold Sun 08-May-16 09:45:08

Cath Kidston
White Company

ColdAndGloomy Sun 08-May-16 09:55:00

I've just ordered a couple from h and m:

A1Sharon Sun 08-May-16 10:22:04

Thank you for suggestions!
I'm 5'8" and Hush dresses are tunics on me.
The Seasalt ones are nice, but a bit structured for touristy things in the heat?
Cath Kidson clothes quite simply fit no one I have never met. My mum is 4'10", and she and I tried on clothes out of there a while back and everything was wrong every way on both of us. Very strange.
I can't see anything I like in JL or H&M.
Which means the problem is me! grin
I might get this one from M&S?,en_IE,pd.html?dwvar_P22445379_color=XS&start=

margaritasbythesea Sun 08-May-16 10:23:17

That had a nice stripy one in Sainsburys. Mostly white with red and blue stripe.

A1Sharon Sun 08-May-16 10:34:38

I have tried stripes, dresses and tops. Stripes hate me. Fact.

I've been looking for ages (and had a huge thread on here). There's virtually nothing out there, as far as I can see. Sainsbo's looked as if they might have a couple, but we haven't got a store that sells clothes and I cba with online ordering.

Somebody linked me to this one which I love the shape of, but I don't like blue.

I've currently got my eye on this

blueskyinmarch Sun 08-May-16 11:52:36

I buy lots of summer dresses from White Stuff.

I found a Cath Kidston one I liked the look of but dd2 said I'd look like Grayson Perry in it! Also, have tried their dresses on before and they are so, so badly made and unflattering.

A1Sharon Sun 08-May-16 12:27:05

That Warehouse one is nice Remus, I'm going in to town now, will keep an eye out for it.
I like the Monsoon one but hate black...

dragonsarebest Sun 08-May-16 12:45:16


Like this one, this one, or this one. There are more - see if anything grabs you.

dragonsarebest Sun 08-May-16 12:46:26

Sorry, my last link has sleeves.

Roystonv Sun 08-May-16 12:48:20


Roystonv Sun 08-May-16 12:48:44

Oh offs, Adini?

NamelessEnsign Sun 08-May-16 12:51:02

People Tree, or Braintree.

Doobigetta Sun 08-May-16 13:05:41

I'm on the same quest, Sharon. I got a couple of nice ones in tk maxx the other week- a white linen shift, and a very lightweight sleeveless denim shirt dress. They had a reasonable amount of choice as well. It really is the holy grail of dresses, though, and there are so few around. If you want minuscule, or long sleeved, or formal enough for a wedding, or synthetic fabric, you're spoilt for choice. And it seems bloody obvious that enough cotton to cover from shoulder to knee and nothing else would be what everyone wants in nice weather, so why can't you buy them???

Botchit Sun 08-May-16 13:16:21

Have you looked at Boden OP. They often do a long version of their dresses, which although not great for very tall, should be good for you at 5ft 8".

StarUtopia Sun 08-May-16 13:19:35

Just bought a lovely one (and cheap!) from Sainsburys. Navy with capped sleeves. Incredibly comfortable, lightweight and not sweaty in the slightest.

A1Sharon Sun 08-May-16 16:05:46

Was with a friend in town and she was tight for time, so didn't get to see much. But M&S had nice linen t shirts, and I tried on and liked the leaf print skater beach dress -if any one can link,and linen shorts, so will probably get them on line.
Everything from Boden has gathers at the waist, which does not suit me at all, or is too structured, or dressy. I'm really talking about stuff for beach to villa/strolling around old towns,getting ice cream with kids, as opposed to heading 'out' for dinner. So bumming around really!
Will deffo try sainsburys. The Adini site has some lovely things.
Thank you all!

SunnySomer Sun 08-May-16 18:21:53

Try Toast. I've got the Lydia dress in orange and it's really striking. And comfy. And cotton. And sleeveless. And longish! On the model it looks a bit meh, but I've found it suits me

moonandforward Sun 08-May-16 18:40:22

I love the navy wrap dress linked above. Would it suit a menopausal rounded tummy?

stringbean Mon 09-May-16 15:13:02

I second what someone above has said, and recently bought the Toast Lydia dress. I bought a stripey one, and it's lovely - only down-side is it's a little longer than I wanted, but I could take it up - really nice thick jersey cotton, scoop neck. I agree it looks a bit debatable on the model but it's actually a very flattering dress. I sized down (usually take a 12 but it was too big). I search for summer dresses of the kind you describe every year, OP. I'm 5'8 as well and it's a real struggle to find anything suitable.

oldmum22 Mon 09-May-16 15:19:07

Debenhams have a range called Mantaray , Faithful and True .Their summer dresses are 100% cotton and so lovely. They wash well ,good price and I love them .My sister reckons they are similar to "FatFace" style.

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