Prepare to fall in love with this season's maxi dresses...

Maxi dresses: summer-ready buys

Maxi dresses are the original new season-ready item, but there's nothing classic about this season's take on the wardrobe essential. With luxurious textures clashes and minimal 90s styles hitting the rails,there's never been a better time to update your dress collection.

Are you feeling this season's minimalist mood? Then references the 90s with silk and velvet slip dresses, strapless column dresses and everyday-ready jumper dresses.

Alternatively, are you into all things boho and feminine? We've got a feeling you'll love IRO's floaty printed floor-sweeper. Complete your throwback look with an oh-so-chic fringed bag and denim jacket.

If the invites are racking up for this summer's weddings, bag yourself a versatile floor-skimmer that can be reworked throughout the season. Maxi dresses are a great choice for formal occasions when complemented with a statement clutch and strappy heels - Needle & Thread, Adam Lippes and The Row are among our go-to brands when it comes to choosing something special.

If you want to try your hand at one of this season's more daring trends, consider shopping for maxi dresses with a lace insert or cut-out detail. Team with statement flats for a striking new season look.

From cosy weekend knitted staples to workwear-appropriate long shirts,or even a summer-holiday ready off-the-shoulder chambray number, there's a dress for all shapes, styles and budgets right here.

We've scoured the high street and designer fashion stores to find the best maxi dresses in the shops right now.

Keep on reading to check out our round-up...

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