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This lightweight summer dress is worth buying ASAP: ‘I’ve received so many compliments’

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This M&S summer dress is selling out extremely fast. (Marks & Spencer / Yahoo Life UK)

As the weather warms up, we're all searching for some summer new outfit inspiration that not only looks stylish, but also keeps us cool.

Enter the Pure Cotton Printed Midaxi Shirt Dress from Marks & Spencer, which is a very reasonable £39.50, racking up five-star reviews and is selling out extremely fast.

Classic enough to stand the test of time and available in two eye-catching statement prints, this summer midi dress will be a wardrobe staple you'll love wearing for years to come.

That is if you manage to get your hands on it as it's flying off the virtual shelves so quickly it's definitely going to sell out ASAP.

Why we rate it

There are very few things that feel nicer against your skin when the weather gets warm than lightweight 100% cotton, which the midi dress is made out of. Even better, the cotton M&S uses is responsibly sourced as the brand is part of the Better Cotton initiative.

We also love that it's available in two very different prints - a navy based mixed floral, and a pale khaki with a white statement print.

If you invest in both dresses, the prints make them look so different to each other, you wouldn't even think they were the same style.

And you can mix and match them with accessories you already own. The navy blue looks great with black slides or navy kitten-heeled mules, while the khaki is made to wear with white trainers or chunky white sandals - even gold high heels.

This summer midi dress is the perfect piece if you're after effortless style. (Marks & Spencer)
This summer midi dress is the perfect piece if you're after effortless style. (Marks & Spencer)
The neckline isn't too revealing and is fastened via a row of cute buttons. (Marks & Spencer)
The neckline isn't too revealing and is fastened via a row of buttons. (Marks & Spencer)
(Marks & Spencer)
The khaki will look great with white accessories. (Marks & Spencer)
Use the slim tie belt to nip you in at the waist, or leave it off for a floatier look. (Marks & Spencer)
Use the slim tie belt to nip you in at the waist, or leave it off for a floatier look. (Marks & Spencer)

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Another bonus is that the elegant round neckline - fastened by a row of little buttons - isn't too revealing if you want to wear it to work.

Plus the three-quarter sleeves are handy given the unpredictability of the British weather.

The dress has a relaxed fit and an adjustable tie at the waist so you can wear it as nipped in or as loose as you want. Or forgo it all together for an even floatier look.

And we love the gathered tier at the bottom of the dress which gives it a seriously luxe look.

Quite simply, it's one of those pieces that you'll wear so much, you'll wonder what you ever did without it in your wardrobe.

What the reviews say

The one gripe that some customers have is that it doesn't have pockets, but the stylish shirt dress is such a great buy that they got it anyway. Other standouts for shoppers include the beautiful, airy fabric, and the fact that it straddles that difficult line between relaxed and smart with ease. Not to mention that it garners a lot of compliments...

  • "A lovely dress that will be comfortable in the summer. I bought both colours as the style is so relaxed but at the same time smart."

  • "This dress is fabulous. A beautiful cotton that feels wonderful and is cool & comfortable to wear. Would have loved it more with pockets! I’ve received so many compliments."

  • "This dress is beautifully designed and in pure cotton too. It looks like many an expensive counterpart if worn with a leather belt."

  • "Good quality cotton, size is true, colour is a beautiful shade of green. I feel delighted with my purchase."

  • "Lovely flowing cool dress for a hot day. Can be dressed up with a scarf and heels or down with flats and a casual bag."

Buy it now: M&S Pure Cotton Printed Midaxi Shirt Dress | £39.50 from Marks & Spencer

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