Summer is upon us. The sun is shining, and the nights are lighter meaning there’s much more opportunity for us to go out and enjoy ourselves after a busy day at work. Whether you’re planning on a trip to the cinema, a night out with friends or a walk in the local park, staying comfortable and stylish is always at the top of the agenda.

Thankfully, the fashion experts at M&Co have put together some top tips for the perfect summer evening dresses and outfits to keep you looking fabulous all season long.


What to do on a summer night

While the British summertime can be an unpredictable beast, the promises of long nights and evening sunshine can be enough to bring a smile to even the most Christmas-loving individuals.

Cinema Date

If you would still rather be inside than out or if perhaps the British weather has failed you on this occasion, a trip to the cinema is an ideal way to get out the house and enjoy some fresh air (on the way over at least). It’s important to choose the right evening attire when you’re intending to go and watch a film for a few hours – comfort is key, and cinemas can be very cold.

What should I wear to the cinema?

This depends on your plans before and after going to the cinema. If you are going for food or a drink first and the weather is warm enough, a summer dress will keep you comfortable during your meal and in the cinema. If you’re worried about the air conditioning being too cold, a denim jacket would work well alongside your choice of dress. For poorer weather, a jumpsuit and jacket or simple t-shirt and jeans are ideal to keep a stylish look with just enough layers to keep you warm.


Evening Stroll

The great thing about lighter nights is the ability to go on longer evening walks. Plan your stroll prior to leaving the house so you can trace your exact route, especially in rural areas as this will give you an idea of the types of terrain you should dress for.

What should I wear for an evening walk?

This depends on the nature of your walk. If it’s a stroll down to the local restaurant or park on a beautiful summer’s evening, you can get away with wearing something summery like a dress and sandals. However, if you are planning on taking a route through fields or muddy terrain; jeans, a top and some wellies would be ideal. Either way, it’s a great way to get out of the house and increase your number of daily steps. It’s time to get that FitBit charged.

Garden Party

Ah the summer garden party! Quintessentially British with jugs of Pimm’s, jelly and ice cream (for the kids of course) and that British garden party staple, sausages on sticks, they are a key identifier that summer is just around the corner or already in full swing.

What should I wear to a garden party?

It’s time to dress to impress. Determine what type of terrain the majority of the party will take place on. If the garden has a large patio area, chances are that you’ll be able to get away with wearing heels without fear of sinking into the ground. However, if lawn is the order of the day, a nice pair of flat shoes or sandals is ideal.

Make a statement when you arrive with a beautiful occasion dress from M&Co. Choose from gorgeous prints and statement ruffles in a range of lengths and styles, all exquisitely tailored to flatter your body style and personal taste.


A night out

Getting dressed up for a night out after a hard week at work is one of the best ways to start the weekend. Whether you are wondering how to dress for a formal occasion or just after inspiration for your evening clothes, you’re in the right place. 

What should I wear on a work night out?

Keep it casual but comfortable especially if you are starting off at a restaurant. Work night outs have a tendency to carry on until the wee hours of the morning meaning that comfortable footwear and decently warm clothing are a must. If a heel is a necessary evil, invest in a pair of wedges as these will support a bigger surface area and ultimately be more comfortable.

When it comes to clothing, you need something that is comfortable and warm enough when you move from one venue to another, if that is the type of night out it plans to be. Jumpsuits with shawls or stylish casual blouses and shirts are ideal paired with a simple pair of jeans.

What to wear on a girl's night out

Gauge what your friends are wearing and the venues you’ll be visiting to see whether you need to dress up or keep it casual. The same footwear rules apply so opt for wedges if you’re planning on doing a lot of walking. If not, heels would be fine.

Opting for a stylish jumpsuit is a sure-fire way to stay bang on-trend while remaining comfortable for a night on the tiles. Choose a flattering floral fabric to really make a statement or a simple print if that is more your taste.

There you have it, the ultimate guide to the perfect summer evening outfits. If you’re looking for more summer outfit inspiration, we’ve got some great picks for the ideal summer work outfits – stay cool and stylish in the office this season.