With summer right around the corner, many stores are stocked to the brim with an array of summer dresses, and rightly so. After all, no woman would want to be squashed into a pair of figure-hugging jeans on a sweltering hot day.

Many women dread summer approaching, as it is an indication of bare flesh, which can mean a few hours on the treadmill.

However, with this season's summer dresses, there is something to suit all frames.

Tiered ruffle dresses, which are a hot favourite on catwalks, are great for adding curves, while maxi dresses are excellent cover-ups for those who wish to hide their figures.

Micro-mini and shift dresses are staple items for those blessed with supermodel pins, while for those of us who are not, a midi camisole frock will do the trick.

Babydoll dresses are very cute, and perfect for enhancing the décolletage, whereas bubble dresses create the illusion of curves while showcasing great arms.

Designers have emphasised the romance trend on catwalks, which translates into a barely-there light airy look. It is a look that is enough for any woman to feel pretty.

So, with summer dresses in mind, those wishing to emulate this trend should head towards camisoles in salmon-coloured and light fabrics.

For those with a bolder fashion sense, neon and floral dresses are both also big on catwalks and great for brightening up the most sombre days.

Summer would not be the same if you did not slip on a dress to achieve,or showcase a sun-kissed tan. For that reason, I believe every woman should own a summer dress.

Some tips for choosing a summer dress

* A-line dresses are ideal for flattering your curves

* Plunge necklines are great teamed up with a tiered skirt

* Team dresses with gladiator sandals and aviators to give an ideal chic summery look

* Think floaty and feminine