Since my move to the hot climes of the Middle East I’ve noticed my lack of summer dresses; be that a chic tunic for the office, a little mini dress for a cocktail soirée or a beach cover-up for sundowners.

To help me on my quest, I’ve sourced my most favourite summer dresses for every occasion that’s likely to arise over the next couple of months.

The beach

topshopDhs200 Topshop

Strappy, backless and punchy print; there’s only one place for this hot leopard slip dress – the beach!

Lunch date

napDhs1,700 Zimmerman at

This is for the laid-back lady who lunches. The peach hues will compliment all skin tones and the delicate print feels expensive, pair with low wedges and a cute shawl for extra ladylike grace.

Afternoon tea

Kate-spade Kate Spade, The Mall of Emirates

With the weather warming up, it’s time to take shelter and indulge in indoor afternoon tea with your best friends. For me, nibbling delicate cakes and sipping Earl Grey tea is worthy of a pastel number with chic floral details courtesy of Kate Spade.


Antik-batikDhs1,556 Antik Batik at stylebop

Fluro brights and sequins says nothing more than gossiping over cosmo’s with your girlfriends.


ReissDhs900 Reiss

A modest fit flare skirt, preppy peter pan collar and dusky pink tone makes this cotton dress perfect office attire.



ErdemDhs12,160 Erdem at

If in doubt always go to Erdem when dressing for a wedding. The whimsical fabrics, girly colours and quirky embellishments add just the right amount of standout glamour for a guest.

See more of my top picks here.