I’m Picky, But This Affordable Dress Brand Is My Favourite for Summer

There’s nothing quite like an easy, pretty dress to make you feel amazing, is there? It’s one of the best things about spring in my opinion. You don’t have to go through any of the does-this-go/does-that-go morning outfit stress. It’s just throw-on and out the door, leaving much more time for joyful things like a pre-work walk around the park or a detour for a coffee and croissant. 

If you’re a dedicated reader of Who What Wear UK, you’ll know we’ve been long time advocates for this kind of effortless dress, and over the years we’ve curated a kind of little black book of dress brands— from designer to high street, well-known and under-the-radar— that we turn to every spring.  

Hannah wears the best-selling Esme Cut Out Midi Dress.

One of those brands we’re finding ourselves particularly impressed with this season is at the lesser-known and more affordable end of the scale— Nobody’s Child. Since launching in 2015 it’s focused its efforts on creating responsibly made clothes at an accessible price point, promising to use conscious fabrics, reduce waste and always be transparent with its processes. It also helps that the designs are joyfully bright and made for actual, day-to-day life. Tick, tick, tick. 

You may well already be familiar with them, especially since they’re now stocked on the M&S website and count the likes of Holly Willoughby, Fearne Cotton and Britney Spears as celebrity fans. In case you’re not, the collection includes cute tops, co-ords and denim, too— but it’s the spring-ready dresses that have caught our attention recently. 

Holly Willoughby wears the Serena Mini Dress. 

From floral wedding-guest styles to gingham everyday dresses, they’re the kind of throw-on designs that work equally well with heels, sandals or trainers. They all come in under £100, and more importantly you can wear a bra with a lot of them. So when we say easy-to-wear, we actually mean it. 

Their new spring collection has come at the perfect time in the run up to Easter, and both Hannah Almassi (our editor-in-chief who has the Esme Cut Out Dress) and myself plan on wearing ours over the long, sunny(!) bank holiday weekend. And since we’ve all been raving about the brand in the office recently, I thought it would be worth ordering a few styles to try on  and report back on the sizing as well as which styles I thought were the very best. I’d say they generally came up slightly big, so if you’re between sizes I’d take the size down. 

Keep scrolling to see my verdict, and to shop all of the dresses I loved most… 

This was hands down my favourite style and I plan on wearing it this weekend. 

The seersucker-style material on these gingham dresses feels expensive, and I love that this was such a comfortable, flattering throw-on dress with an optional waist tie and… pockets. 

This is such a versatile white dress you’d wear all summer. 

This dress could easily be worn for weddings with added strappy heels thanks to the pretty detailing. There’s clever design features too, like small sticky pads under the shoulder of this dress so the sleeves stay in place. 

How cute is this?! It has an open lace-up back too, which is really pretty— but not ideal if you prefer to wear a bra.

This felt very appropriate for a great British summer. 

This is the dress Hannah’s wearing above. 

Already a best-seller from the new collection. 

An easy, puff-sleeved dress can be worn for so many occasions. 

Hello, cute mini. 

I keep seeing people on Instagram wearing this v-neck dress! 

Dainty florals + white shirred dress = a winner in our eyes. 

I just have a thing for gingham this spring, okay?

Perfect for all the summer events coming up. 

I can see this being worn on holiday with some lace up sandals and a basket bag. 

Such a pretty, timeless style. 

This inclusive dress goes up to a size UK 24. 

I love the sleeves on this style. 

Most Nobody’s Child dresses come in lots of different print options. 

The neckline on this dress feels really premium. 

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