Cotton summer dresses for over 50s

Check out our favourite cotton summer dresses, available to buy ready for the summer months.

woman in cotton summer dress

by Emily Thorpe and Michelle Nightingale |

Whatever your shape or size there’s a cotton dress for you this season. Hide full hips and trim your waist with fit and flare or full-skirted styles, or skim over lumpy and bumpy silhouettes with a classic shift dress.

Cotton summer dress tips

For an easy daytime look, throw on a simple shirt dress, or flatter your figure with a wrap or ruched dress.

It can be hard to find summer dresses with sleeves, but if your arms are your biggest bugbear there are lots of lovely lightweight cardigans and cover-ups available in the shops.

When it comes to prints, anything goes this season –bold florals and chic stripes help draw attention to your best features (and disguise your worst). Whatever your shape, wear your outfit with confidence – and a huge smile!

Below the belt

Dresses with belted and tie waists will create definition on your waistline and will help you look slimmer. Don’t be afraid to swap the included belt for something different, but follow these golden rules:

• If you have a long torso go for a slightly wider belt to help shorten your upper body.

• If you have a short body and/or a big bust choose a slimmer belt.

Balancing act

Wrap and V-necklines can be flattering for most body shapes as they cleverly lengthen the upper body, make you look taller and can help draw the eye upwards away from a bigger bottom half. If you’re a classic pear with a smaller bust, then look for ruffled necklines to balance out your proportions.

Cotton summer dresses to buy

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