February 3, 2023

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10 best summer dresses to buy for under £40

It's summer dress season, and with a large variety of styles to choose from, we have found the best buys for under £40. (Getty Images)
It’s summer dress season, and with a large variety of styles to choose from, we have found the best buys for under £40. (Getty Images)

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As the weather in the UK warms up there is nothing we are lusting after more than a summer dress.

There is a vast array of styles to choose from, so it can be overwhelming finding the perfect design to suit your style preferences.

While some may be on the hunt for short sleeved designs or balloon sleeves, others may be lusting after sleeveless or strapless designs to keep them cool as the temperatures soar.

Some shoppers may be looking to revamp their wardrobe with a maxi length bohemian style, but others may be on the hunt for mid-length or even mini dresses.

The options, when it comes to summer dress shopping, are endless.

What we love most about summer dresses is they are super versatile, and can take you from day to night, work to after-work drinks, garden parties to more formal celebratory occasions with a bit of clever styling.

While some may pair their one piece with sandals, or trainers for a daytime picnic, others may want to up the ante and channel a more glamorous look, in which case heeled espadrilles, wedges or stilettos are a popular choice.

We have curated a selection of summer dresses under £40, which include some on sale and full price items, to take the stress out of your shopping spree.

Shop the summer dress sales

Printed Yoke Midaxi Waisted Dress | £39.50 from Marks and Spencer

Printed Yoke Midaxi Waisted Dress
Printed Yoke Midaxi Waisted Dress

Callie Print Wrap Dress With Angled Pockets | £39.95 (Was £79.95) from Joules

Callie Print Wrap Dress With Angled Pockets
Callie Print Wrap Dress With Angled Pockets

Black Taffeta Bardot Midi Dress | £34.99 (Was £49.99) from Topshop

Black Taffeta Bardot Midi Dress
Black Taffeta Bardot Midi Dress

Ecru Check Organza Shirt Dress | £39.20 (Was £49) from Topshop

Ecru Check Organza Shirt Dress
Ecru Check Organza Shirt Dress

V-Neck Waist Tie Midi Dress | £37 (Was £75) from & Other Stories

V-Neck Waist Tie Midi Dress
V-Neck Waist Tie Midi Dress

High Neck Ruched Midi Dress | £35 (Was £89) from & Other Stories

High Neck Ruched Midi Dress
High Neck Ruched Midi Dress

Voluminous Midi Shirt Dress | £37 (Was £75) from & Other Stories

Voluminous Midi Shirt Dress
Voluminous Midi Shirt Dress

Joules Riviera Striped Jersey Dress | £34.95 from John Lewis & Partners

Joules Riviera Striped Jersey Dress
Joules Riviera Striped Jersey Dress

Warehouse Riviera Floral Print Midi Dress | £34.30 from John Lewis & Partners

Warehouse Riviera Floral Print Midi Dress
Warehouse Riviera Floral Print Midi Dress

Warehouse Polka Dot Shirt Dress | £34.30 from John Lewis & Partners

Warehouse Polka Dot Shirt Dress
Warehouse Polka Dot Shirt Dress

Cotton Rich Checked Midi Beach Dress | £17.50 from Marks and Spencer

Cotton Rich Checked Midi Beach Dress
Cotton Rich Checked Midi Beach Dress