Why have a multitude of dresses when you can narrow it down to one perfect dress that can tick off all the boxes, ideally one with an interesting print and a relaxed fit?

It allows you to go seamlessly from day to evening functions with just a swift change from sandals to a pair of heels. Going to the races? Put a hat on it. Heading to the office? Throw a linen blazer over it. The options are endless when you have the right summer dress to rule them all. Take, for example, the vivid blue and pink abstract print tunic V-neck dress by Wallace Rose. Complete with a side-gathering belt, it's the type of summer dress that encourages a footloose and fancy-free attitude that's timely for the festive season.


• Layer a print slip dress over a contrasting coloured top in a block colour.
• Try a belt over an oversized or maxi print dress with a pair of sandals.
• Vivid coloured florals against a white base works best for garden parties and outdoor formal events teamed with nude sandals.


Main image: Whistle dress, $120, from Farmers. Dune London heels $150.

Sylvester top $199. Jimmy D dress $495.

Spell Designs maxi dress, $360, from Tosca & Salome. Dune London sandals $180.

Kate Sylvester dress $499 and heels $589. Twenty-seven Names straw hat $240.

Natalia Perri glass drop earrings (worn throughout) $259. Wallace Rose dress $429. Mimco sandals $180.