8 summer dresses for Cornish sunshine
Hello heatwave! The best summer dresses are comfortable, chic and cooling. Here's our pick of the best - from local boutiques natch, so you can head in-store and pick them up too if you can't wait for delivery.
From Padstow’s Aloft Shop this blue and white beach dress is perfect for the white washed houses of Cornwall’s romantic harbours, but is also just the ticket for your next med beach holiday too. Relaxed fit but size up if you like the oversized beach dress look.
Last chance to get your mitts on this adjustable halter necked linen Back Beat Co romper from Nansledan’s &Kin. Cute, sexy, comfortable, and totally versatile this will take you from the beach to the (kitchen) dance floor.
Made of organic cotton dead stock (that’s fabric that was destined for landfill) this beaut of a dress from Pink Lemons Boutique – you’ll find them in Fowey and Pastow – is made in a fun retro style print in a gorgeous palette of pinks, oranges & reds. With a shirring bodice, petite frill neckline and bell 3/4 length sleeves, this will take you right through the day to dinner.
White, ruffles, floral print and flowy fit, this Susy Snow White dress by Selected Femme at Hawksfield’s Jo & Co ticks all the boxes – on trend, 100% cotton and the tiered long skirt that will help what breeze there is around a bit. Bonus, it’s on sale, so you can upgrade your sunnies at the same time.
£75 (was £115)
Aspiga has made a name in London and online selling beautiful wafty ethical and sustainably made dresses for the fashion set on hols, and they now have three branches in Cornwall – St Ives, St Mawes and Trebetherick (between Rock and Polzeath) – we love this jacquard print cotton tie shouldered sun dress.
Black to basics
This classic vest style mid-calf linen number from St Agnes’ Finisterre (shops also in Falmouth and Hawkfield nr Wadebridge) is super chic, super sleek and super cool as it is made from a lightweight weave linen which is low impact, sustainable and made in Europe.
Blending 50% linen and organic cotton, this fabric is equal parts cooling and soft and just the thing for a day at the beach – practical enough for a bit of walking or climbing over rocks in search of the perfect picnic spot, but smart enough with chic stripes that you can head straight to the bar for a cooling drink afterwards – and, sustainable too, thanks to Newquay based Celtic & Co’s continued mission to bring down the impact production has on the planet.
Plain, simple, cool and flattering, this 100% cotton A-Line crew neck dress with broderie anglaise sleeve details isn’t just the thing for this hot weather, it is also wallet friendly too. Pick up in store at Muddy Award winning Sands Boutique – there are branches in Hayle, Camborne and Helston.