If this summer's cropped tops make you feel like you're flashing too much flesh, the cut-out detail on this sunny number is a nice compromise.
2. Pom pom fringed
Ombré pastel panels layered with an optical illusion print and married with polka dots and pom poms would frighten many, but the simple shape makes it easy to wear.
3. Orange lace
£455, Milly, net-a-porter.com
This structured sun dress would be great for a summer wedding – the cap sleeves and demure length make it a good choice for most formal settings.
4. Navy and white blocks
£339, Diane von Furstenburg, matchesfashion.com
A wise investment piece from a designer synonymous with dresses, the simple shape's updated with a crisp optical pattern on silk jersey.
5. Pink and black
This mirror effect is a key part of this season's print trend. By incorporating a broad palette of coral tones there is plenty to go on when looking for matching accessories.
6. Spotted maxi
£380, Raoul, my-wardrobe.com
There's more to maxi dresses than casual jersey, as easy to rely on as those styles are, and this spotted version is proof of that. Ideal for day-to-evening dressing.
£199, Sandro, 020 7259 9539
The crisp cut-out detail on these capped sleeves is a balancing point against the gathered waist and soft shape of the dress. A strapless bra would be a good idea.
8. Blue leopard
Spaghetti straps may have been blacklisted at Royal Ascot, but the way these extend into the neon trim here add structure. A youthful take on a perennial print.
9. Off white with orange trim
£215, Lem Lem, brownsfashion.com
The perfect sundress is something that can be pulled out of the wardrobe year after year, and this version may just be it.
10. Printed tunic
Super short, this tribal-inspired print is just the thing to throw on over a swimsuit and a pair of sandals when heading between the beach and the ice-cream seller
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