12 flattering floral dresses to see you through summer

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Our edit of the best floral dresses to invest in this spring. (John Lewis)
Our edit of the best floral dresses to invest in this spring. (John Lewis)

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Shops are currently abloom with such a grand show of floral prints that it puts our gardens to shame.

Not that we're complaining, as florals are a surefire way to make an outfit instantly eye-catching. Plus, there's something inherently feel-good about dressing in a vibrant bouquet.

Floral dresses never go out of fashion. The prints make a return each spring and look just as good in the autumn paired with thick tights, ankle boots and a sharp jacket, making them a wise investment.

From dainty ditzy daisies to bold tropical blooms, we've rounded up the bestselling and top-rated styles available in 2022 from John Lewis, Marks and Spencer, Boden and more, with prices from just £20. Scroll down to find the perfect dress to wear the next time you want to go out and paint the town in petals.

Best floral flattering dresses 2022

Collarless Midi Dress, Scattered Floral | £49 at John Lewis & Partners

Collarless Midi Dress, Scattered Floral (John Lewis & Partners)
Collarless Midi Dress, Scattered Floral (John Lewis & Partners)

Currently a bestseller on the John Lewis website, this short-sleeved collarless shirt dress strikes just the right balance between business and pleasure, making it a good option for sunny days in the office followed by after-work drinks.

Available in sizes 8 to 20, this dress has handy side seam pockets and is made from planet-friendly Lenzing Ecovero fibres extracted from sustainable wood pulp. One happy customer has commented in a review that they are "absolutely thrilled with this dress". "Colours are rich and true to website," they continue. "Material is soft and lovely quality. Packed it for recent holiday and it barely creased. Style is flattering. True to size."

Sweet Daisy Shirred Waist Dress | £89 at Albaray

Sweet Daisy Shirred Waist Dress (Albaray)
Sweet Daisy Shirred Waist Dress (Albaray)

Albaray has updated one of its bestselling styles in this ditsy blue and white daisy print. Available in sizes 8 to 18, it's easy to see why this midi-length style is popular as it features a flattering shirred waist and pretty blouson sleeves with soft puffs on the shoulders and shirred cuffs. The fabric is super soft, sustainable Ecovero, which is made from wood and pulp from renewable sources.

M&S X Ghost Floral Puff Sleeve Midaxi Tea Dress | £69 at Marks and Spencer

M&S X Ghost Floral Puff Sleeve Midaxi Tea Dress (Marks and Spencer)
M&S X Ghost Floral Puff Sleeve Midaxi Tea Dress (Marks and Spencer)

This midaxi (that's half way between a midi and a maxi length) dress is so far proving the most popular of the floral numbers in M&S' latest Ghost collaboration. "Gorgeous dress, get it while you can," writes one customer in a review. Available in sizes 6 to 20, this vibrant green tea dress has an empire seam, a simple round neckline and ruffles on the elasticated sleeves.

Tamara Sheer Maxi Dress | £119 at Hush

Tamara Sheer Maxi Dress (Hush)
Tamara Sheer Maxi Dress (Hush)

This dress has received praise for its pockets in customer reviews, one of which reads: "Delighted with this dress. Beautiful fabric that doesn’t crease. A perfect fit and true to size. Love the pockets! I’ve purchased for a christening but know I’ll get lots of wear [as it] can be dressed up or down."

Available in sizes 4 to 18, with a classic shirt silhouette at the top, the semi-sheer chiffon dress billows out from the waist and falls in loose tiers over the legs.

M&S Collection Floral Button Through Midi Shirt Dress | £45 at Marks and Spencer

M&S Collection Floral Button Through Midi Shirt Dress (Marks and Spencer)
M&S Collection Floral Button Through Midi Shirt Dress (Marks and Spencer)

Holly Willoughby is a fan of this midi shirt dress dotted with delicate blue and navy blooms. Available in sizes 6 to 24 and in regular and long lengths, it has a tie fastening which can be used to cinch it in at the waist. Reviewers note the cuffs on the sleeves are a little on the tight side, so it may be a wise idea to order one size up from your usual. "Delighted with the quality and fit of this product," comments one shopper in a review. "The fabric has a lovely fresh design and the dress feels beautiful to wear."

Somerset Maxi Dress | £140-148 at Anthropologie

Somerset Maxi Dress (Anthropologie)
Somerset Maxi Dress (Anthropologie)

The bold yellow and white blooms pop on the verdant green backdrop of this tiered maxi dress, which is available in sizes XS to 3XL. Nipped in at the waist with a flattering smocked detail and featuring a notched V-neck, one shopper calls this dress "gorgeous" in a review. "The material is soft and the colours are vibrant," she explains. "One of the best purchases I've made at Anthropologie. I love it so much that I ordered another."

Anyday Ditsy Floral Shirred Waist Midi Dress, Blue | £30 at John Lewis & Partners

Anyday Ditsy Floral Shirred Waist Midi Dress, Blue (John Lewis & Partners)
Anyday Ditsy Floral Shirred Waist Midi Dress, Blue (John Lewis & Partners)

"What a lovely dress," comments one shopper in a review for this pretty puff-sleeved cotton smock dress, which comes in sizes XS to XL. "So comfortable and because of the shearing [it] fits really well. I'm sure it will get a lot of wear throughout the summer. Extremely good value, looks a lot more expensive than it is."

Lavinia Jersey Wrap Dress, Papaya, Wildflower Prairie | £98 at Boden

Lavinia Jersey Wrap Dress, Papaya, Wildflower Prairie (Boden)
Lavinia Jersey Wrap Dress, Papaya, Wildflower Prairie (Boden)

The ability to adjust wrap dresses to fit your frame makes them an ever popular choice, and this striking printed midi from Boden is a prime example of how comfortable and flattering they can be. Available in sizes 6 to 22 and in petite regular and long lengths, it has a subtly asymmetric hem and is made from soft, stretchy jersey. One shopper comments in the reviews: "It is really comfortable, and very flattering to a larger bust. I really liked the shaping at the front, and the fact that it doesn't gape at the neckline."

Delicate Floral Midi Dress | £89 at Albaray

Delicate Floral Midi Dress (Albaray)
Delicate Floral Midi Dress (Albaray)

This midi dress features a lot of flattering details, from the warm hues of the hand-drawn floral print fabric to the delicate buttons below the V-neckline and the short, gently fluted sleeves with a ruffle on the shoulders. Available in sizes 8 to 18, it is made from soft and sustainable Ecovero viscose.

Khloe Button Through Dress | £70 at Monsoon

S.E.W. SUSTAINABLE Khloe button through dress in sustainable viscose orange (Monsoon)
Khloe button through dress in sustainable viscose orange (Monsoon)

With a fitted bodice that flares softly into a knee-length skirt, this scarlet tea dress is available in sizes 8 to 24. Part of Monsoon's S.E.W. sustainable range, it has been made using fabrics that are both kinder to the planet and have a reduced environmental impact. Customers have commented in reviews about how comfortable this dress is to wear and how beautiful the colours look in real life.

Jesse Midi Dress | £110 at Hush

Jesse Midi Dress (Hush)
Jesse Midi Dress (Hush)

In the reviews for this T-shirt style midi one customer says it is her "favourite summer dress". "I ordered this dress as a last minute decision and so glad that I did," she explains. "Really flattering and looks great with trainers. It is a light fabric so fine for the warmest of holidays and I love the way the skirt falls." Available in sizes 4 to 18, it is made from a soft georgette fabric.

M&S Collection Floral Tie Neck Midi Waisted Dress | £39.50 at Marks and Spencer

M&S Collection Floral Tie Neck Midi Waisted Dress (Marks and Spencer)
M&S Collection Floral Tie Neck Midi Waisted Dress (Marks and Spencer)

Customers commenting in reviews say they've received plenty of compliments when wearing this bold printed midi. "I absolutely love this dress," writes one. "It’s easy to wear, comfortable and the material feels really nice. I received several compliments while wearing it. It’s going to be a favourite this summer."

Available in short, regular and long lengths, in sizes 6 to 24, the dress is made with sustainably sourced viscose. It has a squared notch neck, flattering shirred waist and three quarter-length puff sleeves with ruffle cuffs.

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