Summer dresses

From dressing up for a wedding or graduation to the perfect shape for skimming a bump, Mumsnetters have been debating the best frocks for summer events. Here's their pick of the best summer dresses out there.

Prices correct at time of publication [17/7/14] 

Smart for... a graduation


Botanical print dress, Phase Eight £110

Twitchill dress, Hobbs was £119 now £75 to £95

Anais floral print dress, Whistles £295

"I would just say - comfy shoes. There's always more standing around on very hard surfaces than you expect, and often awkward flights of stairs to negotiate." Bluestocking

"I had a Hobbs dress last year for my son's graduation. No one else had the same dress on that day. In fact I saw no one in a matching dress with anyone else all day." Bearcatt

"It's incredibly comfortable, a bit summery, a bit formal and I know I'll wear it again." Pagwatch


Empire line to... cover a bump

Cover a bump 

Hatty dress, Phase Eight was £69 now £49

Infinity stretch-modal convertible dress, The Outnet was £235 now £105.75

"In my last pregnancy, I had lots of success with this shape of dress right up until about six months." woodlandwanderwoman


"They can be really flattering as they fit your current body shape, but make the most of your new 'assets' whilst providing plenty of space for the dress to flow over any bump or bloat." woodlandwanderwoman

Floral for... a wedding


Floral prom dress, Marks and Spencer £55

 Alva mono dress, Coast £160

Jeya printed dress, Coast £95

"I saw this yesterday and thought it looked really lovely and much more expensive than the price." Laska42                                                                          

 "I wore it to a wedding when my daughter was only a couple of months old. Due to the detailing across the tummy it is very flattering. I have big boobs and it fits very nicely!" Rumandcokeplease


"This one is stunning, but you would need to add a fascinator to dress it up a bit." kaykayblue


Casual for... a garden party


Maxi t-shirt dress, Hush was £40 now £30

Knot detail dress, Boden £26.70 to £71.20

"It's a classic style, not the type of thing that really goes out of fashion in my opinion." cloudskitchen                                                      

"Would look great with navy accessories, great to draw attention to a bit of cleavage and it skims the tummy area nicely." OvertiredandConfused


Retro for... larger sizes


Matilda dress, Boden £26.70 to £53.40

50s dotty swing dress, £150

"I think it is a look any age can carry off, so long as you keep it groomed and a bit quirky. I love the 50s look and I am - ahem - 50." LittleMissRedSparklyBaubles

"At a size 18, there's no reason you can't dress in the 50s style. This would be fab." tethersend                                                


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