Stand out in the style stakes with these sensational summer dresses
Make your style stand out this season with one of these feminine dresses. Style journalist Nora Ashmawi gives her thoughts on the Time Out top 50 looks.
Maison Sez Dhs1,050
This is a fun and feminine dress that is light, delicate and therefore perfect for the summer. The bright coral red colour is also very in this summer so be sure to look into this dress or something like it if you're feeling trendy.
This maxi dress is a casual, colourful and comfortable alternative to the same old jeans and white tee. Good for morning outings.
Saks Fifth Avenue
If you’re a fashion enthusiast, you’ll appreciate the detailed meshwork, pleats and overall design of Nanette Lepore’s pastel grey jumpsuit.
Marc by Marc Jacobs
This feminine ivory dress is perfect for those who like to accessorise. Add a pop of colour to the look with chunky gold and bold-coloured bracelets and necklaces.
Simple, subtle and chic. This piece can be paired with leggings for the more conservative type, or worn independently for a more sultry elongated-legs look.
Dolce & Gabbana
Accentuate your curves with this classic, silky, floral print number. Top it off with heels for that old Hollywood glam look.
There’s a reason why this Toujouri dress costs a hefty sum… It is a masterpiece of delicate, pastel pink chiffon made into vertical pleats with an elegant train and that surprise pop of colour in the corner. Contrary to what its brand name may suggest, this is not an ‘everyday’ look.
Make this Dolce & Gabbana floral and lace intertwined piece a morning look by pairing it with some brown wedges.
This dress is simple but has many little details that make it different such as the multiple straps, cute buttons and black flowers at the hemline. Can be dressed down with a solid-coloured bolero or cardigan.
Paul & Joe
If you’re looking for a sophisticated yet attractive dress, we recommend this one. Its cap sleeves, feminine collar, belt and leaks of yellow make it ideal for any work or day look.
The faded floral print and simple design makes this piece a great canvas for those who like to accessorize, add layers to their outfits or can’t choose between wedges or flats.
Saks Fifth Avenue
The conservative high neckline and simple design, mean that Tina Turk’s dress is not restricted to any specific age group. Be sure to wear your hair up so as not to hide the gorgeous rainbow stitching on the sleeves.
The 80’s look is in with this pastel lemon (literally) piece that will accentuate your lower body with an A-line pleated design.
Diane von Furstenberg has perfected the wrap dress. The khaki material has a hint of shine to it and adjustable sleeves. Wear with golden accessories to continue the golden button details on the pockets.
The material and designs are this dress’s strong point. Be sure to revive the dress with some bright, even fluorescent, jewellery and handbag.
If you’re looking for a bold look, look no further. This khaki tube dress comes with a wonderful wide brown belt with buckle details. Complement the dress with brown heels or flats depending on the occasion.
Tory Burch’s sand-coloured playsuit seems to be safari-inspired. Keep accessories at a minimum as the dress already has a pocketful of details.
This is a piece that has distinctive written all over it. Tory Burch’s dress is army-influenced at the top and feminine casual at the bottom. Wear with flats for an effortlessly chic look.
This piece is both feminine and laid-back. The mustard yellow means you can go crazy with the purple and violets when it comes to bags, shoes and jewellery.
Saks Fifth Avenue
Diane von Furstenberg’s dress is made to look as though it’s a skirt and top thanks to the hidden elastic belt. Try pairing with a suit jacket for an office look.
If you’re obsessive about symmetry, this piece may not be for you. Toujouri’s beautiful teal maxi carries beautiful sequins on the collar and one sleeve. You might not need to wear necklaces with this, but try some chunky bracelets.
This piece reminds us of a serene blue sea because of the fad from blue to white and thread details. Watch this piece make waves when you wear it to a night on the dance floor.
If you’re looking for attention, this dress will surely give it to you. From the deep fuchsia colour to the dangling feather-like details, this dress is to be worn with heels and bracelets to heighten its full potential.
This bright canary yellow and lace piece costs a fortune but this may not be evident. Slip on a pair of wedges and you’re good for a morning outing.
Zadig & Voltaire
Knitwear is in with this earthy toned bohemian-like dress. This laid-back but feminine look can be topped off with wedges or sandals and also gives you room to experiment with great pieces of jewellery.
Marks & Spencer
This dress would be for everyone but the black linings that give it a lingerie feel, reserves it for the more daring woman. Try wearing it with a black pair of heels.
Marks & Spencer
The chiffon and floral print make this dress a very girly number.
Marks & Spencer
If you’re feeling classy, try on this blue and white flowery dress with wide vertical pleats.
The fun little prints are back! Try this adorable boat print navy dress for a day look and if it gets chilly top it off with an orange or white bolero.
Luxury and extravagance are embedded into this long, peacock-coloured maxi dress.
Be the jewel of the party in this emerald green modern dress. Pair it with some unique high heel for an evening look, or leggings and flats for a day look.
Embrace the beauty of this deep fuchsia dress with modern full-length side zippers by Diane von Furstenberg. Experiment by wearing it with some yellow or lime green heels.
You will definitely feel comfortable in this silky and modern red and black dress. Try dressing it up with some long chunky jewellery.
Stella McCartney’s interesting citrus print dress is sure to grab people’s attention. Play the dress down by coupling it with a solid coloured cardigan.
Can’t wait for the special day to wear white and lace? Now is your chance with this subtle, knee-high dress. Funk it up by wearing it with studded accessories.
The highlight of this dress is the pattern. The delicate arabesque design is one of its kind. Try continuing the theme with some arabesque jewellery.
What’s great about a simple piece like this, is that it can be worn in a number of ways. With brown wedges, sandals and maybe even a belt for a casual look, or heel for an evening look.
ALICE by Temperley, www.my-wardrobe.com
Satisfy your keen eye for design by investing in this innocently lacey number. Finish the look with a pair of white gladiators.
Many are weary of wearing ever-so-stainable white, but you can show them how its done with this innocent and sophisticated white chiffon dress.
Made with lace jersey fabric and much taste for style, this dress will accentuate your curves and make you feel stunning.
Crochet no longer has to be restricted to your grandmother’s wardrobe, try this atypical maxi dress for a divine look.
Saks Fifth Avenue
Sorbet yellow and pink are blended into this classy chiffon gypsy dress. It is sure to catch some passerby’s eyes.
Looking for a beach dress that can double as an evening dress? This tie-dye blue piece is your answer.
This dress embraces the nautical stripes that we all love. With a simple design and pleated A-line skirt, you have room to be adventurous with jewellery.
If this dress is too much on the printed side for you, you can break up the bird flock by wearing a light scarf or a solid colored bolero.
This casual dress is full of fun little twists such as the vertical stripes accompanied by the checkered pockets and collar, and the thin brown belt. Be daring by adding a pair of red wedges or open-toed heels.
This dress is the definition of the summer dress; it is composed of bright colours, a fun, floral design, and a light fabric. Make sure to pair with open-toed flats or wedges.
Don’t let the classic floral print wear you down; be sure to add some modern twists to this outfit through your accessories, handbag or shoes.
Looking for a unique piece? This blue playsuit by Ted Baker will be for you. Its masculine pleats are complemented by feminine fabrics and a bow.
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Elaina Nov 01, 2011 06:52 am
Maison Sez in the Marina Villas in Abu Dhabi always stocks the cutest dresses that gaurantee you a unique selection as they are sourced from over 40 worldwide designers. I love browsing through the shop!
Chagonda Oct 29, 2011 07:22 pm
Where are these dresses found which shop and address
shine Sep 18, 2011 08:01 am
some of the dresses are plain junk....
some r nice...
Shelley Sep 14, 2011 07:40 am
Its not worth shopping in Dubai in the winter.....stock is dire!
Im with you @Annalinde...
Annalinde Sep 13, 2011 06:26 am
honestly if that are the best 50 dresses available this year... i am gonna wear jeans