The best floral dresses for spring and summer 2022

(Reformation)

We choose to ignore the miserable weather forecast as it stands and declare without proof that a heat wave is coming – are you up to it, clothing-wise?

Few pieces ignite this summer feeling more than a floral dress. Adorned with floral bouquets, these warm-weather wardrobe essentials have all the uplifting, cheery appeal we crave after a long, miserable winter.

Yet versatile ditsy patterns don’t need to be reserved just for when the sun puts on its hat. These dresses can suit any weather when paired with tights and layers, as well as any occasion, whether you’re heading to the beach, the boardroom, or the bar.

The appeal remains as enduring today as it ever has been with Lovethesales reporting a 146% increase in fashion demand for “floral print dresses”.

Repeat your alarm: the simple but effective combination of a floral dress with sneakers will be your uniform for the foreseeable future. It’s your cue to finally end the clothing conundrum that has plagued our return to the office after the long pandemic slumber party.

When it comes to attending the backlog of weddings, a flowery garment will minimize the stress of dressing wedding guests, and if you’re flying to distant destinations, you can never go wrong filling your suitcase of flowers.

The print is reused year after year with so many variations, but this season’s harvest is perhaps the most playful yet with a veritable riot of color. Putting a more ‘revolutionary’ twist on the traditional style, we think Miranda Priestly will approve of the floral dresses below as boring and predictable, they’re not. There are no monochromatic hues in sight. The swishy SS22 changes are brighter, bolder and reminiscent of the 60s and 70s with hints of neon and flower power aplenty.

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Reformation Lace Dress

Whether sitting nicely on the benches with heels or slipping on sneakers to meet friends at the pub, this is the all-rounder you want in your sartorial arsenal now and always. It has a fitted bodice, slightly puffed sleeves and a sweetheart neckline. The skirt has an alluring side slit.

Buy now £248.00, Reform

Rixo Maeve floral-print crepe maxi dress

Rixo is known for its punchy patterns and this floral number is no different. The brand combines a classic ’90s silhouette with a dynamic ’60s design for a nostalgic look that couldn’t be trendier for this season’s retro leanings. It’s made from a lightweight crepe and can be layered over long sleeve tees when the weather isn’t playing ball.

Buy now £265.00, Net-A-Porter

Never Fully Dressed Chesca Red Floral Mini Dress

Your summer vacation suitcase calls for playful minis like this iteration of Never Fully Dressed. The contrasting red and pink combination creates a statement style that can be paired with minimal accessories, while still being flawless in its execution.

Buy now £79.00, never fully dressed

H&M V-neck cutout maxi dress

If a fluffy dress is what you’re looking for, H&M delivers. This maxi dress is a surefire swishy summer style that’s given a flirty edge with its cutout silhouette. It’s fun and feminine with ruffle trims and a tie back.

Buy now £39.99, H&M

Printed dress with balloon sleeves

For the weekend with a view to Monday morning, this dress will give your workwear a boost with an alluring blue floral print. In a mid-leg silhouette, the office-appropriate hemline is combined with the slightly fitted yet still floaty fit, making this a dress that will add elegance to your outfit from 9 to 5 and beyond. .

Buy now £69.99, Mango

Wild Bouquet Jigsaw Sleeveless Jersey Dress

The ubiquity of flower dresses means that if you can’t beat them, you’ll have to join them. Do it in elegance and style with this Wild Bouquet dress from Jigsaw. The hem falls below the knee, while the cut is sleeveless with scalloped loops.

Buy now £125.00, Puzzle

Mango Fluid dress with openings

Slip into this floral print slip dress for an easy sartorial victory every time. This effortless option from Mango has a pastel design and the long sleeves and hem are offset with cutouts at the waist for a sultry touch.

Buy now £49.99, Mango

UO Nevaeh Pink Floral Slip Dress

The slip silhouette has taken many forms over the past few years but has remained in vogue. At Urban Outfitters, it’s adorned with a floral pattern and elegant lace details.

Buy now £56.00, Urban Outfitters

STAUD Calypso cutout floral-print crepe midi dress

Adding edge to a pretty piece, Staud takes the floral print to sultry places with this cutout silhouette. The two parts are held together by a small ring.

Buy now £2750.00, Net-A-Porter

Hush Valeria Tea Dress

Floral dresses should be the staple of your smart-to-casual wardrobe. For example, this option from Hush that is both fun and feminine with an easy pull-on quality.

Buy now £89.00, Hush

Rebecca Vallance Leila metallic jacquard mini dress

For an occasion-ready piece, Rebecca Vallance ups the ante with – in her signature style – this impeccably cut, feminine dress. It has an abstract, metallic background with voluminous sleeves.

Buy now £280.00, Net-A-Porter

Ever fully dressed pink leopard floral dress

Our summer wardrobe constraints are alleviated in one quick purchase. Never Fully Dressed offers this number light, bright, bold and ideal for city breaks as well as beach vacations. The print is inspired by designs from the 70s and is fluid yet fitted.

Buy now £89.00, never fully dressed

Tiel Reformation Dress

The antidote to any cold weather blues, this mini dress comes from Reformation, the LA label that still offers a range of daytime ensembles for playing. The Tiel dress is a fan favorite with its versatile daisy on the navy print. Repeating the outfit will no longer be a problem when it looks this good.

Buy now £130.00, Reform

Frankies Bikinis Isabel Slip Midi Dress

Push your all-black winter wear to the back of your wardrobe in favor of bright designs like this brief from Frankies Bikinis. The brand is adored by the Hadid sisters – and this casual summer staple is proof. With its retro floral print and colourway, this is the piece you’ve been looking for to complete your holiday wardrobe.

Buy now £240.00, brown fashion

H&M Puff Sleeve Dress

This H&M midi dress is a surefire wardrobe classic to throw on when the sun is shining as well as on the darkest of winter days. It will play a role in your vacation wardrobe as well as your work outfit rotation.

Buy now £24.99, H&M

Ganni Gathered floral-print mesh-jersey midi dress

If you’re tired of seeing the same style of floral dresses everywhere you look, this Ganni midi will be the respite from your dress fatigue. It has a very Gen Z look while remaining sophisticated. The print is abstract, while the ruched cut ensures it remains flattering.

Buy now £275.00, matches fashion

Warehouse Ruched Satin Puff Sleeve Midi Dress

Don’t sleep on Warehouse’s clothing offering. The brand has undergone a huge overhaul over the past two years and the selection of dresses has never been more appealing. With a midi hemline and puff sleeves, it seduces any occasion with a print that’s as chic on the streets of London as your toes are in the sand.

Buy now £48.30, Warehouse

Devon in Flower Power

You really can’t underestimate the power of a mini daisy. The room is perfect for any warm weather activity, whether it’s lounging in the sun in the park, relaxing on the roof or barbecuing.

Buy now £180.00, achievement parity