It’s not long until school’s out, which means you’ll need a bigger range of summer clothes for any girls in the house.
With scorching summer days already upon us in the UK – and with many families heading off to even warmer climates abroad on their holidays - we’ve found the coolest, comfiest and nicest dresses this season has to offer.
And since we’ve thought about all ages, there’s something for everyone – from Frugi's party dress for infants up to Jack Wills' one for tall teenagers.
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10 best girls' summer dresses
10 best girls' summer dresses
1/10 Next Ra Ra Dress
Part of Next’s so-called ‘beach life’ collection, this looks like a sleeveless top and skirt, but is actually an all-in-one play outfit that looks adorable and is from three to 16 years-old. It’s available in other prints too, but we like this nautical look best. From £12
2/10 Boden Vintage Dress
Available in three gorgeous designs, this is a vintage dress with a modern twist. We particularly like the separate net underskirt and sash that you can add for more dressy occasions. It’s a great fit, beautifully made and really pretty. From £25.60, boden.co.uk
3/10 Autograph Floral Embroidered Dress
If you know a girl who has a christening, wedding or other important party to go to this summer, this round-necked, sleeveless, lined dress with do her proud. Available from five to 14 years old and in different colours, it genuinely works with all these ages. From £37, marksandspencer.com
4/10 Monsoon Batik Butterfly Dress
Monsoon does these kind of easy-to-wear dresses really well and they’re consistently better quality than similar dresses in other high street stores. Our only complaint is that it comes up a bit shorter than we’d prefer, but it’s great quality and is just the thing for long, hazy, summer days. £18, monsoon.co.uk
5/10 Frugi Baby Pretty Party Dress
You’ll find no irritating fabrics or itchy labels with Frugi’s offerings, which focus on being soft, organic and comfy. It can mean they’re a bit more expensive than most, but this delightful dress aimed at babies and toddlers from 0-3 years is currently half-price. £13, welovefrugi.com
6/10 Joules Chambray Girl’s Pinafore Dress
Another dress that’s fortuitously already in the sale, this cotton pinafore is a steal at under twenty quid. Made to very high quality, it has a pretty pom pom neck detail and looks adorable. It will do nicely for summer and you can pop a long-sleeved top underneath come the autumn. From £19.95, joules.com/a>
7/10 Mothercare Zebra Dress
Aimed at girls aged 18 months to eight years, everything about this soft, comy dress speaks of summer. From the colourful flowers to the crisp white look, it is wonderfully seasonal and little girls will love the zebras that feature in the design too. From £12.50, mothercare.com/a>
8/10 Bhs Turquoise Ditsy Print Strappy Dress
This jersey, printed dress with pretty frill hem is ideal for hot days in the garden or holidays away. Made from 100% cotton, it washes well and is nice and cheap at under a tenner. Bhs has lots of other similar offerings too. From £8, bhs.co.uk/a>
9/10 Jack Wills Barrowby Dress
Here’s one for tweens and teens, for whom anything from Jack Wills is bound to be a hit. This has a lovely relaxed fit with strappy sleeves and the soft material makes it ideal for lazy days. From £49.50, jackwills.com/a>
10/10 Freemans Floral Dress and Headband Set
Girls will adore the matching hairband, which finishes off this lovely floral dress perfectly. It washes well, with no colour fade, and is durable and practical, as well as working well for casual days or more grand occasions. From £25, freemans.com/a>
Boden’s Vintage Dress is stunning and bound to get more than a few compliments. And for something really versatile, not to mention great value, Joules’ Chambray Girl’s Pinafore Dress is gorgeous.
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