This season is all about prints, from animal to tie-dye – and one failsafe option that never goes out of style – floral.
Few pieces ignite that summer feeling more than a floral frock, but they do not need to solely be reserved for the warmer weather. These dresses can suit all occasions – whether you are heading to the beach, the boardroom or the bar. Solve your RSVP sartorial woes too with a blooming garment to solve your wedding guest dressing stresses.
The print is redone year after year with so many variations that put a more ‘ground-breaking’ twist on the traditional style – boring and predictable, they are not.
Look to the likes of Rixo and For Love and Lemons with clashing prints and riots of colour or for investment options that you can keep in your fashion arsenal ready to nail any occasion dressing, you can’t go wrong with styles from high street heroes Topshop and ASOS.
We are particularly looking to retro prairie-style dresses that have become this season’s must-have dress silhouette, characterised by ruffle details and fuller puff sleeves.
From demure, to eye-popping variations, we have gathered our favourite dresses starring the power print in an array of colours and for all budgets.
Shop our edit of the 50 best floral dresses.
Kachel Thea Floral Dress
Embrace the flower power with this Anthropologie dress in a yellow hue that is bound to put a smile on your face no matter the reality of the weather outside.
£99 | Anthropologie | Buy it now *On sale now, was £148
ASOS DESIGN mini sundress in ditsy floral print
In a warm weather-worthy yellow hue, the piece has a halter neck design and a front button fastening.
£25 | ASOS | Buy it now
NARRATED Red Ditsy Floral Midi Dress
You can dress this red floral frock up and down depending on the occasion. In a midi length, the piece will work for the boardroom as well as the beach and features a flattering sweetheart neckline and adorable vintage-inspired ruffle details.
£34 | Urban Outfitters | Buy it now
‘Magnolia’ Floral Dress
The Magnolia dress from Rat & Boa takes a fierce approach to floral dressing with a thigh high slit and semi-sheer composition. Break away from the feminine take on bloom print by pairing this look with biker boots and a leather jacket for an edgier feel.
£145 | Rat & Boa | Buy it now
AUSTIN Floral Star Print Angel Sleeve Midi Dress
Topshop has released the highly sought-after Austin silhouette in a range of floral designs that have firmed its status as one of THE dresses of the season. With angel sleeves and an open back, you can shop the style in five different, covetable prints.
£39 | Topshop | Buy it now
Throw on this floral print slipover dress for an easy sartorial win every time. The piece has a loose fit and a lightweight composition but can be worn over a t-shirt or turtleneck or under chic outerwear to transform the look into a cold weather must-have.
£225 | Rag & Bone | Buy it now
If you are tired of seeing the same wedding guest look at each of the endless streams of festivities in your calendar this summer, this strapless summery piece will make the perfect respite to sartorial fatigue. The dress is available in an ochre hue with a foliage design or in this season’s hugely popular polka dot print.
£140 | Sézane | Buy it now
Floral print dress
For a more occasion-ready take on the slip silhouette, let us introduce you to this green-hued floral print dress from Mango that has a stylish lace detailing at the neckline.
£59.99 | Mango | Buy it now
The Cerretti Dress
The words sultry and floral do not always go hand in hand but on this SS19 update of the 90s slip, we think they are intertwined. The versatile piece can be cinched using the belt attached to create a more figure-flattering look or left loose-fitting to throw on at any occasion.
£90 | Rat & Boa | Buy it now
Monet – Blue Leopard Daisy
You may already have spotted this floral number all over your Instagram feeds. Quickly becoming one of the most ubiquitous dresses of the season, it has a tiered construction with a high neckline and blouson sleeves. But our favourite part has got to be the versatility of the piece – from weddings, to the office, the frock can be dressed up and down depending on the occasion.
£285 | Rixo | Buy it now
Cotton Blend Handkerchief Midi Dress
Not prepared to fork out for the Rixo dress above? Check out this & Other Stories take on the look in the same pale blue hue. This option features an asymmetric handkerchief hemline and puff sleeves. Topshop have also created a pale blue dupe with a sleeveless construction.
£85 | & Other Stories | Buy it now
This embroidered linen maxi dress will bring a chic bohemian flair to your wardrobe.
£700 | Free People | Buy it now
Parisian label Rouje was founded by model and actress Jeanne Damas and offers a covetable range floral and feminine dresses set to lay the foundation of your wardrobe. The Ondine silhouette has a flattering fitted waist, puff sleeves and best of all, a pastel-hued floral print.
€165 | Rouje | Buy it now
Black Silk Wrap Dress With Floral Motif
Take an edgier approach to your floral dress look with this red-toned piece from The Kooples. The wrap dress silhouette has a vibrant print, puff sleeves and subtle shoulder pads and should be paired with thigh-high boots for that cool 90s grunge girl look.
£386 | The Kooples | Buy it now
Christy – Retro Micro Floral
This limited-edition floral dress has answered all our summer prayers as the perfect piece for city breaks or beach vacays. Composed of linen, the dress is lightweight to keep you cool when the hot weather hits. It also has puff-ball cap sleeves and a subtle waist cinching
£285 | Rixo | Buy it now
Kitri Minka rose print tea dress
Available in a pale pink or pastel green hue, this Kitri tea dress needs to be added to your basket ASAP. The midi dress is a sure-fire wardrobe classic, to throw on when the sun is shining as well as in the gloomiest of winter days, to bring a touch of summer every time.
£125 | Harvey Nichols | Buy it now
ASOS DESIGN mini dress in floral print with belt
Update your holiday wardrobe with this classic, easy-to-wear mini dress that has an all-over ditsy floral print. The piece has a sweetheart neckline and belt detail to cinch your waist for a flattering fit.
£32 | ASOS | Buy it now
Weekday floral print midaxi
This loose fitting button-down maxi dress has a lot of styling potential — office appropriate with a weekend mindset.
£55 | ASOS | Buy it now
Floral Puff Sleeve Mini Dress
We cannot resist the charms of this & Other Stories mini dress that will be the perfect antidote to any cold weather blues. The chic piece has an ruched detail at the bust line and puff sleeves.
£79 | & Other Stories | Buy it now
Pleated Floral Maxi Dress
If you have an endless stream of weddings this summer, finding that perfect outfit is no mean feat but luckily this Karen Millen dress is on hand to solve your wedding guest worries. The piece has a cinched waist, sweetheart neckline and palm print design.
£175 | Karen Millen | Buy it now
Digital Daisy Zelena Dress
Push your all-black winter clothing to the back of your wardrobe in favour of lively designs and bold colours like this Whistles Zelena dress. The piece is offered in a vibrant red hue with a daisy print. Ideal for weddings or work, you can dress it up and down accordingly.
£179 | Whistles | Buy it now
ASOS DESIGN mini ruched front dress in ditsy floral
One of the prettiest dresses in your wardrobe, this ASOS frock is the sort of piece that you will keep wearing all summer long. Outfit repeating is a non-issue when it looks this good. The dress has a flattering ruched design and a bodycon fit.
£28 | ASOS | Buy it now
Cult US label Reformation has long been a go-to for fashion-forward feminine pieces. You can always count on the brand to have an array of day to play ensembles and the Hannah dress is no exception. The floral frock has a sweetheart neckline, ruffle trim and puff skirt.
$248 | Reformation | Buy it now
Floral One Shoulder Ruffle Dress
Proving that chic summerwear does not always need to cost an arm and leg, we’re looking to Shein for this one-shoulder floral-embellished piece that has a lantern sleeve and ruffle detailing.
£13.99 | Shein | Buy it now
For when the weather finally takes a turn for the better, you need to be prepared with an arsenal of floral print dresses that will help you take on any occasion that the summer may throw at you and this H&M midi frock is one of these pieces.
£34.99 | H&M | Buy it now
Black floral square neck maxi dress
While summer tends to lean sartorially towards the brighter end of the colour spectrum, if you’re a monotone dresser, this can be a scary thought. This floral number will help you dip your toe into a more vibrant wardrobe with a red floral pattern set on a black maxi dress.
£38 | River Island | Buy it now
For a sartorial sign that summer is here, you only need to look to the Sola dress from French label Sézane. Offered in two star prints, you can opt for the silhouette in warm tones of orange, pink and white or in a daisy print on a blue background.
£135 | Sézane | Buy it now
Available in size 0 to 24, Reformation’s Jess dress may just be the floral flock that you have been searching for to complete your holiday wardrobe. It has a lace-up addition at the front and a smocked bodice at the back.
$218 | Reformation | Buy it now
Blue Floral Giana Mini Dress
You really can’t underestimate the power of a LWD printed with pretty blooms. The piece is perfect for any warm weather activity – whether that is basking in the sun in the park, rooftop chilling or BBQing.
£28 | Nobody’s Child | Buy it now
Mochi Shirred Mini Dress
A lesson in cool girl florals, For Love and Lemons is playing on the clashing prints trend by juxtaposing two timeless designs; polka dot and floral to create a dress that is the definition of flower power.
£248.47 | For Love and Lemons | Buy it now
Ruby Wrap Dress
The annual ‘what to wear to work in summer’ conundrum is back once again but luckily Baukjen is here to help. This wrap dress has a functional silhouette, an A-line skirt and button fastening, and it comes in a warm weather-ready bold red hue with a white floral design.
£129 | Baukjen | Buy it now
Saloni Tamara floral-print silk-chiffon dress
Forget sartorial panic, Saloni are here with quintessential wedding wear in the form of this silk-chiffon dress. The lust-worthy piece has a white and green floral print and embellished further with ruffle detailing.
£750 | Matches Fashion | Buy it now
UO Cassia Ivory Ditsy Floral Mini Dress
There are almost an endless amount of ways to style this Urban Outfitters dress to create a new look each time. The versatile ivory dress has a ditsy floral dress that you can pair with biker boots for an edgier look or barely-there sandals for a more romantic feel.
£46 | Urban Outfitters | Buy it now
For Love and Lemons Eclair Maxi Dress
Channel ethereal vibes with this dreamy floaty dress that has a delicate floral embroidery. The piece has a built-in lining and an open back with an adorable heart buckle detail.
£348 | Free People | Buy it now
Floral Print Dress
Invest in this floral dress for an easy win whether you are heading to Royal Ascot, the polo, a BBQ or a wedding. It has a gathered sleeve detail, smocked back panel and front slit.
£49.99 | Zara | Buy it now
Self-Portrait Monochrome floral guipure lace midi dress
Taking floral to the realms of formal wear, this Self Portrait dress may have a monochrome colour palette but don’t for one minute think that it makes it a demure piece. This option has your summer occasion wear sorted with a feminine frock that packs a punch.
£360 | Harvey Nichols | Buy it now
Floral Crepe Dress
We predict that this sleeveless number from Arket will be one of this summer’s most popular pieces. It is composed of a lightweight drape fabric that will be the ideal sartorial accompaniment to sweltering commutes.
£99 | Arket | Buy it now
Patterned wrap dress
This universally-flattering wrap dress is adorned with a summer-ready yellow floral print. You can also shop the silhouette in a variety of other designs, including red and black polka dot variations and even a bold snakeskin pattern.
£19.99 | H&M | Buy it now
Red poppy print high neck midi dress
If you thought floral print dresses were boring and predictable, you are sorely mistaken. This dress breaks from traditional blooms with a pink hued poppy print that has the potential to be worn for all and any occasion.
£30 | Missguided | Buy it now
Printed Dress With Belt
For all your sartorial-related childhood dreams come true, you will be hoping for an occasion to wear this floral frock this summer. The eye-popping piece has a rose print design set on a pleated dress with puff sleeves. It has a tie-belt to cinch the waist to prevent that not-so sought after cream puff silhouette.
£39.99 | Zara | Buy it now
Ghost Rosaleen Flared Satin Floral Dress
From one of fashion editor’s favourite labels, this Ghost frock is clean, classic and elegant. With a luxe satin feel and a demure colour palette, it is one of those transitional pieces you will wear from summer to winter.
£165 | John Lewis | Buy it now
COLLUSION scuba floral corset mini dress
We are filling this piece under festival-ready florals and you can be sure you will spot it at Worthy Farm this year. But this is one of those Glastonbury looks that has a longer lifespan to take you throughout the summer into the colder weather months.
£15 | ASOS | Buy it now
Iris Floral Midi Dress
You can choose between this colourful floral design set on either a baby blue or dark navy dress. It has a subtle cinching at the waist and a ruffle detail around the neckline for an added embellishment.
£55 | Warehouse | Buy it now
Coral Daisy Print Dress
This year, it is all about Living Coral – Pantene’s colour of the year – and this dress offers a chic way to add the hue to your wardrobe with ease. It features an understated daisy design that makes it a timeless warm weather piece.
£45 | Wallis | Buy it now
Long Floral Dress With Open Back
We are adding this daisy print mini dress straight to our basket for one of those timeless wardrobe additions that you will keep wearing summer after summer. It has a floaty, loose fit with a cross back strap detailing and an open back.
£172.50 | The Kooples | Buy it now
Floral Print Swing Mini Dress
This swing dress from M&S is one of those effortlessly chic wardrobe additions that you don’t need to think too much about, you can just throw it on and you’re work or party-ready. The sleeves have a ruffle flare detail at the cuffs and a high neck silhouette.
£39.50 | M&S | Buy it now
Rebecca Taylor Malia floral-print cotton-poplin midi dress
It’s difficult to choose just one of Rebecca Taylor’s summery new collection from her eponymous line. This season’s designs are filled with floral patterned numbers, each as covetable as the last. The Malia dress has got to be our favourite though with stylish gigot sleeves and a fluted hem.
£410 | Matches Fashion | Buy it now
Floral Print Mock Neck Ruffle Trim Shirred Dress
For a contemporary take on Little House on the Prairie, enter this smocked dress from Shein. The ditsy floral number has a smocked detail, high waist fit and puff sleeves.
£17.99 | Shein | Buy it now
Cross-Back Jersey Dress
This jersey dress is the ultimate holiday staple that you can throw over a swimsuit on the beach, or dress up with strappy sandals and statement jewellery for an evening spent exploring a new place.
£69 | Arket | Buy it now
Gilda Rainforest Printed Shirt Dress
If you thought that you couldn’t wear florals for work, think again. This dress from Reiss has a unique rainforest design yet the collar detailing ensures that it remains office-appropriate.
£235 | Reiss | Buy it now
Jessica Reynolds // Shopping editor
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