We all know the perfect summer dress is an absolute must-have every year, but picking the right one isn’t always easy. We’ve narrowed down this season’s hottest trends to make choosing the right dress that much easier.

One of the best things about summer is the summer dress. Personalised, avant-garde outfits are huge right now and the more distinct your style is, the better. Take some inspiration from these South African celebs to help you stay on trend:

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Long live the maxi dress

There are few items of clothing as flattering to absolutely everyone in one form or another as the maxi dress. It is no mistake that the maxi dress is on-trend almost every summer and we’ve never made the mistake of passing up an opportunity to wear one.

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Loose but not frumpy

Loose-fitting smocks are not only forgiving but also very fashionable. Not to be confused with a figure-hiding frumpy dress, the smock is a comfortable and fashionable choice worn by one of South Africa’s most fashionable stars – Nomzamo Mbatha rocked a smock at the BETs earlier this year and she looked great as usual.

Bright and bold

Colours, prints and patterns are all welcome this summer. Whether you’re clashing prints or colour blocking, making some noise with your fashion choices is all the rage. Striking animal prints are also a great option to throw into the mix.

Be a highlight

Neon colours will definitely draw a lot of attention, so make a statement in a solid neon dress. These bright colours are so glaring you can keep accessories to an absolute minimum and still be dressed to the nines.

Colour blocking your neons is also an awesome way to wear the trend and will definitely turn heads.

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 Make everything personal

Tailored and personalised fashion is a big trend that has been rolling over from season to season for the past few years. Unique dresses found in vintage stores, hand me downs or ones specially made for you are always a great choice.

Move away from generic dresses that are a dime a dozen and express your own personal style.