Sundresses for Summer

Okay, we know, the rain is not making it feel like summer at all! But we have faith, and we reckon a few sunny days, maybe even a week, are just around the corner, so it’s time to think about sundresses!

If there’s one summer warbrobe essentials, the sundress is it. It’s an elegant, classic, timeless way to celebrate summer style. Sundresses have that retro and modern thing going on. Think Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday, Grace Kelly, Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield and many more of those 1950s/1960s Hollywood stars who knew how to make sundresses work for them.

There are lots of different types of sundresses – strappy, prom-style, pretty, simple, and more. Here’s a few of our favourite sundresses, broken down into four categories for you.


Nothing says summer more than a simple, white sundress. White sundresses do come in various shapes and styles – try simple white and sleeveless for a more formal look, or those with thick straps and perhaps a hint of a pattern for something more carefree.

Sundresses WhiteClockwise, from top left: Lace dress, £40, BHS, white dress, £110, French Connection, model wears Edition by Preen @ Debenhams dress, £85, Mexican trim dress, £49, JOY, floral sundress, £130, French Connection


Not ideal if you need a good bra, but the strappy sundress is a perfect summer outfit. Choose a bold, on-trend print, delicate lace, or simple and elegant monochrome.

Sundresses strappyl-r: Lace dress, £24.99, H&M, black and white sundress, £49, Rocha.John Rocha @ Debenhams, pineapple print dress, £49, JOY


Sundresses with fitted top areas, wide or cowl necks, embellishment, jacquard patterns and details are perfect for summer weddings or events. Pastels and florals work beautifully, or go against the grain with a deep dark colour, or a bold mixed floral and striped number to make a bold sundress statement!

sundresses promClockwise, from top left: Floral dress, £27.99, New Look, neck detail jacquard print dress, £60, peony cowl neck sundress, £45, both BHS, floral and striped dress, £100, Debut @ Debenhams, green brocade dress, £39.99, H&M


Hark back to the Hollywood movie star days with something retro and pretty in a sundress. Sundresses with cap sleeves, belted shirtwaister style, elegant retro floral prints,and classic ginghams evoke those past times!

sundresses prettyClcokwise, from top left: Blue striped dress, £55, BHS, floral dress, £50, JOY, white and floral dress, £22.99, New Look, coral striped belted dress, £26, BHS, red gingham check sundress, £49, JOY

Now we need a good few days of sunshine, please!

Please note that we always endeavour to feature items that are available in Ocean Terminal, however sometimes items featured may be out of stock, and prices may vary due to seasonal reduction