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14 maxi dresses to see you through the summer

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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. 

When it comes to summer soirées, open back and cut-out details work best for a fresh take on summer evening dressing; just add a headband, barely there sandals and a statement evening bag

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

  • Nooki Design

    Nooki Design Bravington Sundress
    The Drop: Nooki Design Bravington Maxi Sundress in Cotton with Nautical Stripes

    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.

    Shop Nooki Design bravington maxi sundress, £77

  • Saint and Sofia

    Saint and Sofia Sunset Dress
    The Drop: Saint and Sofia Sunset Dress

    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.

    Shop Saint and Sofia sunset dress at The Drop by Stylist, £58

  • Reformation

    Reformation dress
    Best maxi dresses: Reformation

    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. 

    Shop Winslow dress at Reformation, £285

  • H&M

    H&M dress
    Best maxi dresses: H&M

    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. 

    Shop sleeveless maxi dress at H&M, £17.99

  • All Saints

    All Saints dress
    Best maxi dresses: All Saints

     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.

    Shop Delana swoop dress at All Saints, £199

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