After months of windswept hair and inside-out umbrellas, it seems the English summer has finally turned up (fashionably late), and Team LBD couldn't be happier to see some rays! Whether you're attending a sophisticated garden party or a Pimms fuelled barbecue this weekend, there's no better way to greet the beaming sun than with a chic heatwave-proof dress. From floor-length colour-popping gowns to graphically printed mini-dresses, Little Black Dress have a wonderful array of summer-ready dresses to keep you feeling cool but looking hot.

Classic

If bold and vibrant dresses are out of your comfort zone and your personal style veers towards a classic and ladylike look, then a neutral pencil dress, like the Aftershock London Talesia Dress in Beige, £73, will achieve a summery look without the eye-catching shade. However, a little colour never hurt anyone, so why not inject some sun into your outfit in the form of a zesty orange clutch like the Aftershock London Valerie Clutch in Orange, £54, for a subtle yet sophisticated heatwave-chic look! A modern Hepburn in the making. Get the Look: Aftershock London Talesia Dress in Beige, £73, Bourne Alfreda Shoe in Black, £150, Aftershock London Valerie Clutch in Orange, £54, Krystal London Dangling Reef Earrings, £45  

Feminine

If there's ever a time to wear a fuchsia-pink dress, it's during the scorching summertime. The Tempest Amber Dress in Pink, £125, epitomises holiday chic and wouldn't look out of place on a Hawaiian beach with it's stylish one-shoulder detailing and pretty ruffles. If you aren't lucky enough to be sunning it up in Hawaii this weekend, a coordinating black bag and heel combination will give your dress a formal touch, and take you from beach to barbecue in seconds.

Get the Look: Tempest Amber Dress in Pink, £125, Aftershock London Becky Shoe in Black, £64, Zandra Rhodes Ellie 01 Bag in Black, £95, Krystal London Lily Crystal Earrings, £25  

Glamorous

Looking and feeling glamorous during the summer months is always a challenge, as floor-length dresses are usually anything but airy and light. However, a thigh-high split here and a plunging neckline there, like the Lipstick Boutique Aldgate Dress, £80, will solve all your overheating problems whilst still maintaining a regal look. Accessorise with metallic pieces, to really make your vibrant ocean blue dress stand out. Stylish, glamorous and cool, and you won't even break a sweat! Get the Look: Lipstick Boutique Aldgate Dress, £80, Aftershock London Lorena Shoe in Beige, £64, Aftershock London Ruth Clutch Bag in Gold, £44, Krystal London Broken Link Earrings, £35  

Sexy

If you want to exude sex appeal this weekend then you're in luck, because racy cut-outs will not only keep you cool but they're also a seriously hot trend this summer. A tangy lime version like this Gorgeous Couture Lyla Dress in Lime, £102.95, features a flattering exposed waist and will look fabulous with a tan. Avoid pairing your intricate dress with too many accessories and opt for neutral black pieces, to ensure your dress stays in the limelight.

Get the Look: Gorgeous Couture Lyla Dress in Lime, £102.95, Aftershock London Patrice Shoe in Black Animal Print, £69, Aftershock London Mackenzie Clutch Bag in Black, £44, Fiorelli Oval Pave Crystal Bracelet in Silver, £35  

Unique

Graphic, strapless, mini and multi-coloured, the Forever Unique Kiwi Print Dress, £250, ticks all the boxes for a stylish and heatwave-proof dress. Featuring a bold photographic print and an array of vivid colours, this dress calls out for simple black accessories like the seashell shaped Zandra Rhodes Godiva Bag in Black, £59, which oozes a tropical beach vibe. Why not take your statement look to the next level with a unique festival-inspired headband, like the Johnny Loves Rosie Rhinestone T-Bar Headband, was £35, now £17.50.

  Get the Look: Forever Unique Kiwi Print Dress, £250, Aftershock London Lorena Shoe in Black, £64, Zandra Rhodes Godiva Bag in Black, £59, Johnny Loves Rosie Rhinestone T-Bar Headband, was £35, now £17.50

Shop our stylish collection of summer dresses for a heatwave ready look.