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Count on these summer dresses to keep your spirits high when heading out

Why summer dresses? Because you have to be effortlessly fashionable when it’s time to hit the streets.

Chances are, you probably have not been shopping for new clothes since the lockdown began, and working from home has reduced your daily style to oversized t-shirts and jogger pants. Or maybe even some comfortable loungewear.

For those who’ve kept their diets in check and working out constantly with all the spare time they have at home, dropping a few sizes would not be a surprise to many. So when it’s time to walk out of that front door and show off the new you, a new dress is the best way to fetch compliments both online and offline.

Dressing the top half of your body for those video conferences may now be the new normal but you may want to get yourself prepared once you’re ready to hit the streets again. These bright and bold summer dresses will not only accentuate your curves, but also give you comfort especially if you’re constantly on the go.

Check out what we’ve compiled for you below.

(Featured image: Tory Burch)

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Cut from cotton and silk-blend prints, the Nea midi dress is festooned in tropical blooms for a feminine look. Designed in a voluminous tiered silhouette, the billowy sleeves and lightweight fabric create a sense of effortlessness that’s perfect for weekend outings. Pair this look with flat sandals, gold jewellery and a small shoulder bag.

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Small florals are great if you’re new to introducing your wardrobe to the endless possibilities of prints. You can wear this to the office, while grocery shopping or when you’re out meeting friends. The shawl lapels and falls, as well as the elegant tulip hem brings out its femininity. But you can always go out of the box by styling it with chunky sandals or casual sneakers.

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The beauty of this silk-chiffon Adora dress lies in the graphic print inspired by indigo-dyed Japanese Shibori textiles. Woven with shimmery fit coupé dots, it has a crisscross-effect front, self-tie waist belt and a tiered midi skirt that’s lined for coverage. Perfect for a day-to-night look, style this dress with heels, a simple clutch and chunky accessories.

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Looking for something structured but not body-hugging? Tory Burch’s printed t-shirt dress comes in an elegant pattern of English tea roses with floral borders for a touch of vibrancy. The symmetrical cut keeps the look timeless for work and play. Match with flats or heels, and amp it up with shoulder bags or carryalls depending on where you’re heading out to.

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Channel a 60s bohemian vibe with this vibrant paisley motif on Zimmermann’s Fiesta dress. Accentuate the waist with the flattering wrap silhouette that comes with gathered blouson sleeves and elasticated cuffs. Take this vibrant number out with a mini bucket bag for work or weekend brunches, alongside minimal jewellery pieces to style it up.

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This abstract floral print in green and baby blue has an instant pick-me-up vibe to it. Perfect on any skin colour, the flowing structure with relaxed shirt collar and long sleeves allows you to move freely and comfortably while wearing the dress. Take it to afternoon tea, picnic or even to your morning meetings. If you’re thinking of how to accessorise, the A-line dress can literally be paired with almost anything in the fashion books.

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Martin Teo
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Martin has a bent for history and food culture, especially of the Peranakan heritage. Since the pandemic, he finds joy in plant parenting and continues to expand his collection of Philodendrons, Anthuriums, and Syngoniums. He's now on a lookout for the elusive Philodendron Florida Beauty to add to his urban garden.