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I’ve Been Searching For The Perfect Summer Event Look – And It’s Between These 8 Boden Dresses

The title of best dressed guest doesn’t come easy, but these Boden dresses might just clinch it.

Call me traditional, but nothing beats wearing a posh frock when it comes to a big event. As someone who spends a lot of time in a steady rotation of t-shirts, shirts, knits and jeans, I relish the opportunity to get dolled up in one single piece of clothing that needs little else to make a statement look. By their nature, dresses evoke that romantic, idealised sense of femininity that I rarely get to indulge in when sat at my desk, and summer is the perfect time to really lean into it with as many swishy lengths, pretty prints and figure-cutting shapes as possible.

With wedding season well underway and more than a few invites under my belt, the search for the perfect event dress has begun. I’ve spent countless hours scouring my go-to brands for dresses that will not only look great at a summer party, but that I’ll long to wear after the season is over too. Gone are the days where we’d buy a new dress every time we went out – now I turn to borrowing or only buying styles that I know I can style several ways for multiple occasions. Often, that means I’m willing to pay a little bit more for quality and design that will last – and for that, Boden are a firm favourite.

While I’m actively searching for a dress to wear to a wedding, Boden has fabulous dresses fit for every summer occasion you might be headed to. Garden party sun-dresses, mini styles made for cocktail hours, flowing maxis for maximum head-turning at a black tie do, it’s almost impossible to whittle down the selection to one winning look.

So far, I’ve managed to nail my wish list down to just 8 contenders, and you can discover them all below. Which one will accompany me to next month’s nuptials? Surprisingly, I’m leaning towards the black midi for an unexpected antidote to summer colour, but I have a feeling more than one of these styles will be making its way to checkout.

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The Ultimate SBD

Now hear me out - I'm leaning towards this black dress for the wedding. While everyone will be wearing a rainbow of colour, it's actually the eternally chic and understated black dress that will truly stand out. The ruched bodice and halterneck of this maxi dress make it equally romantic and elegant—and the ra-ra tiered skirt adds volume that moves with you as you make your way to the dancefloor. Adding a headband or bow, and a pink mini bag? I think we have a winner.

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Ruched Tiered Maxi Dress Black Women Boden

£52.00

Make It Mini

Event dresses don't have to fall below the knees - this lightweight mini dress is ready for all your summer events, and feels sophisticated thanks to the square cut and beautiful organza fabric.

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Organza Mini Dress Green Women Boden

£48.00

Blue Tie 

Black tie dress codes in summer may feel a little confusing, but there's plenty of ways to achieve the high glamour look while still feeling seasonally appropriate. With flutter sleeves and a figure-skimming bias cut, this bold blue maxi nails a more formal look. A green bag or shoes and a printed headband would really round this off nicely.

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Tie Back Detail Maxi Dress Blue Women Boden

£56.00

Villa Party

I love this dress - it feels perfect for an al fresco holiday dinner or a beach wedding.

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Ruched Tiered Maxi Dress Blue Women Boden

£56.00

Modern Metallics

Now this is how you shake up florals for a big event. Golden metallics bring a new dimension to a classic print, on a long sleeve style that will work equally well in autumn. Gold shoes and accessories are the way to make this pop.

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Smocked Metallic Maxi Dress Brown Women Boden

£119.00

The Power Of Flowers

Will I ever get bored of florals? No, genuinely never. But that doesn't mean I'm not excited for something a little different to what's already in my wardrobe. This embroidered and scalloped cotton dress feels like it was made for a retro riviera icon as she skips around the a coastal town looking at the sea view through her large cateye sunglasses. It's not right for a wedding guest, but it's perfect for a garden party or a trip to the south of France.

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Embroidered Tiered Midi Dress White Women Boden

£79.20

Sleeve It Out

Another dress making the case for mini lengths at a formal event is this little linen number. With a ruched bodice and elegant sweetheart neckline, there's enough sophisticated details going on to make up for the lack of skirt.

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Linen Mini Shift Dress Green Women Boden

£39.20

A Laidback Approach

Get a dress that can do both. Finished with waist cut-outs, this casual and floaty ankle-grazing style would look great with trainers. Summer wedding? Just add heels.

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Scoop Neck Maxi Dress Multicouloured Women Boden

£72.00

And as for the accessories...

The little details are just as important as any dress - and Boden has plenty of memorable accessories to round your look off to perfection.

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