Bold, bright maxi dresses are an effortless way to stay (and look) cool this summer.
When it comes to dresses, it isn’t just midi styles that are stealing the show. Maxi styles are back. The floaty favourites are a summer hero piece, so look to ankle-grazing hemlines to nail one of this season’s key frocks.
Want to know the best styles to go for? Look to loose silhouettes to keep you cool, while sugary pastel shades and tiered details also work well for daytime with delicate gold jewellery, a straw bag and chunky flatform sandals.
Slightly thicker linen and cotton mix maxi dresses look great in saturated shades for weekends in the garden or picnicking in the local park. Wear these with dad sandals, retro sunglasses and a crossbody bag.
Here are our picks of the best maxi dresses available to buy right now.
Best maxi dresses
When a dress does a great tropical sunset impression, we can’t resist incorporating its holiday feels into our summer wardrobe. Striped with orange, pink and yellow, Nooki’s Bravington maxi dress is exactly what we want to wear when temperatures soar.
Saint and Sofia
Throughout the warmer summer months, a flowy maxi dress becomes our go-to item of clothing. Available in three colours, each dress is made from certified organic cotton and features statement straps. Pair with strappy sandals, layered gold bangles and a floppy hat for a textbook boho look.
For a relaxed weekend look, throw on your favourite white trainers with Reformation’s floral print dress, and go. No doubt you’ll also wear this style to weddings in the future.
Waft around the countryside, the streets, a beach – basically everywhere – in this cream beauty. Also available in black, it’ll be your new throw-on-anytime dress.
A wrap dress is universally flattering and this stunner from All Saints is one not to miss. Dress it down with chunky flatform sandals and switch to heeled mules for a summer soirée.
Animal prints aren’t just reserved for autumn/winter, this luxe leopard style will look so good with chunky sandals and a straw bag.
Ticking off the bubblegum pink spring/summer 2021 to perfection, this maxi dress is a hot weather hero item. Imagine it in the sunshine with gold jewels and a straw bag.
Screaming summer vibes, this loose-fit halter neck dress also ticks off this season’s monochrome trend. Keep it chic with golden jewels and a squishy grab bag.
Baum Und Pferdgarten
How perfect is this blue printed dress? The drawstring waist style is ideal to change the shape from loose-fitting to more form-fitting. It looks just as good with boots as it does with flip flops.
Handmade in Ghana, this statement printed dress with tiered hem is guaranteed to make an entrance. Try it out with chunky platform flip flops and a baguette bag.
Ready for all those post-lockdown plans, this shell-print dress is so damn dreamy. The party in the back style with cut-out detail is one you’ll keep for a lifetime.
For the days when the rain falls, which it inevitably does in the British summer, this dress has you covered. Wear with a flatform or summer boot depending on the forecast.
The cut-out back on this Self-portrait dress will keep you cool even with the temperature rising. Pair with retro shades for a chic look.
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