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Long sleeves and high necklines. Say hello to the summer dresses you won't want to take off.

We all know summer is coming, which means it’s time to pack away your winter coats in favour of light, breezy outfits.

But summer fashion quite often also means… less material. I’m talking dainty spaghetti straps, off the shoulder numbers and so many things you need a strapless bra for. Ugh.

But what about if you want to keep cool, but still stay a bit more covered up? Stylish, but sun-safe?

Good news: Marks & Spencer Australia have us 100 per cent covered.

Literally. Your arms and neck and a decent amount of your legs will be covered by these gorgeous dresses.

 

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Right now, Marks & Spencer Australia have a number of lovely long sleeve dresses with higher necklines and floaty silhouettes.

According to Paige Griffith-Carmichael, Marketing Manager for Marks & Spencer, this is because the British retailer has been listening to what its customers want from new season styles.

“Feedback from our customers has been that they like a more relaxed fit, stylish yet comfortable pieces that can take them through the day with ease. Many of our new dresses have a very contemporary relaxed fit, with the longed sleeve silhouette and demure midi length to ensure she looks and feels great,” Griffith-Carmichael told Mamamia.

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But the stand out from their new season pieces has to be the Satin Snakeskin Print Waisted Midi Dress, $149.

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Isn't it gorgeous??? Image: M&S.
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It'd rude not to include a close up of this animal print. Image: M&S.

This blue and silver snakeskin midi dress ticks all the boxes necessary to hit 'Add to Cart'. The design features a pleated skirt cut at a midi length with waisted shape for a flattering fit, a high neckline with a stylish scarf tie fastening to the back and button-up cuffs.

As Sydney stylist and Trash To Treasured influencer Tina Abeysekara said, it also feels a bit 70s. Very 'groovy baby', if you will.

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She told Mamamia, "The prints and details in this current season are very 70s inspired without being too over the top. Easy elegance with a pop of fun."

"I love that with a printed midi dress the look is ready to go. Long sleeves can be cuffed for warmer weather, while the hemline make it office appropriate."

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Here's Tina in the M&S animal print midi dress. Image: Instagram/@TrashToTreasured.

Better yet, the print is bright and bold, but not so bright you can't make it look corporate for the office. Pair it with sandals or sneakers for a brunching, weekend market-strolling look (or work if the dress code is casual) and chuck on heels to transition to night time.

The range also includes a bunch of modern floral prints (pun-intended) and lots of spicy 70s mustards. While the shape of the dresses vary from ruched waists and cinched shirt dresses to more boho, relaxed fits, they all have billowy long sleeves and a higher neckline.

There are also buttons for breastfeeding mums who need easy boob access, hurrah!

In celebration of beautiful summer dresses that offer a bit more coverage, here are 10 more in similar styles to peruse.

ASOS DESIGN Curve Tiered Maxi Dress in Leopard Print, $76.

ASOS DESIGN Curve Tiered Maxi Dress in Leopard Print
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Marks & Spencer Satin Printed Waisted Midi Dress, $149.

Marks & Spencer Satin Printed Waisted Midi Dress
Image: M&S.

ASOS DESIGN Tiered Maxi Dress, $84.

ASOS DESIGN Tiered Maxi Dress
Image: ASOS.
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Marks & Spencer Floral Waisted Midi Shirt Dress, $109.

Marks & Spencer Floral Waisted Midi Shirt Dress
Image: M&S.

Target Shirt Dress with Tie Belt in Coral Paisley, $59.

Target Shirt Dress with Tie Belt in Coral Paisley
Image: Target.

Marks & Spencer Floral Print Relaxed Midi Dress, $119.

Marks & Spencer Floral Print Relaxed Midi Dress
Image: M&S.
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Vila High Neck Paisley Maxi Dress, $130.

Vila High Neck Paisley Maxi Dress
Image: ASOS.

Marks & Spencer Jacquard Spot Fit & Flare Midi Dress, $129.

Marks & Spencer Jacquard Spot Fit & Flare Midi Dress
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Calli Willow Button Midi Dress, $129.95.

Calli Willow Button Midi Dress
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Marks & Spencer PER UNA Floral Print Shirt Midi Dress, $119.

Marks & Spencer PER UNA Floral Print Shirt Midi Dress
Image: M&S.

Will you be wearing one of these dresses this summer? tell us your thoughts in the comments below.

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