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Summer *will* be glorious

Find the perfect summer dress

We’re optimists here – we predict blazing sunshine all summer. Join us in fantasising about a perfect summer and the dresses we’ll be wearing through it

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California soul

California in the 1970s, a time when the days were all about skateboarding in empty swimming pools and evenings were spent around camp fires on the beach. Your 2016 version: flouncing around a disposable barbecue in a park in this off-the-shoulder frock, sun setting, bottle of Corona in hand. Bardot maxi dress, £42, Miss Selfridge

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Aloha, lady

Kick off your shoes and pull up a chair at the Emerald Street Tiki bar (we can dream, OK?). While fantasising about opening our own beach bar, we’ll wear this tropical-print wiggle dress, along with a low side pony tail and a HUGE colourful flower in our hair. We’ll also be drinking a mai tai. Zsa Zsa blue tropical twin set wiggle dress, £40, Lindy Bop

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Cool white

Wear a long white dress and you’ll feel a bit bridal. But wear a white mini dress, such as this beauty from Maje, and you’ll feel like a musician about to strike out along Carnaby Street circa 1967. (This is especially true if you wear it with ankle boots and a wide brimmed hat.) Maje juniper guipure cotton-poplin mini dress, £370, Net-a-porter

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Check out this

At last, a gingham dress that doesn’t look like a prep-school uniform. There is more than a hint of Brigitte Bardot about this, thanks to the print, snug cut and exposed shoulders. It’s been so popular, there are only a few sizes online, but there are also stocks available in store. Gingham off-shoulder dress, £49, Warehouse

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