Maxi dresses are this season's go-to dress length for parties, weekends and work. Shop our favourite styles...
Not one for mini or midi dresses this summer? You’ll be pleased to hear maxi dresses are still the original new season-ready item, but there’s nothing classic about this season’s take on the wardrobe essential. With luxurious textures clashes, 70s bohemian and minimal 90s styles hitting the rails, there’s never been a better time to update your dress collection.
Maxi dress trends
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 a floaty printed floor-sweeper. Complete your throwback look with an oh-so-chic fringed bag and denim jacket.
If you like a pop of colour, then colour blocking has never been so chic. Think chiffon gowns in neon shades of pink, yellow or purple. Wallflowers, abstain.
Wedding guest outfit ideas
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. We love high street brands Boden, Zara, & Other Stories and Bershka for trendier pieces.
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.
Where to buy maxi dresses
We’ve scoured the high street and designer fashion stores to find the best maxi dresses in the shops right now. Click through to shop our edit.
French Connection might just have your occasionwear dilemmas sorted with this beautifully embroidered maxi dress.
The high neck and elegant floral print on this maxi dress make it look far more expensive than its price tag.
Shop now: Floral maxi dress for £25 from Peacocks
This softly structured dress is best worn with satin lime green heels.
Want to stand out in a sea of florals at a wedding? This gold appliqué dress is just the ticket.
The washed-out colour palette on this dress makes is perfect for summer, and makes elegant enough to wear for dinner al fresco too.
The perfect summer party dress, right here.
Shop now: Marylebone dress for £289 from OUTLINE
Another wedding season saviour, this embroidered number is best worn with some gold sandals.
Fine tune this look with colourful sandals for ultimate holiday style.
Stop your search, we’ve found the perfect work dress.
No one does minimalism quite like Cos.
Shop now: LONG SLEEVELESS DRESS for £79 from COS
The soft print on this dress makes it elegant enough to be worn on holiday as well more formal occasions like weddings.
This softly structured dress is best worn with satin mules.
Shop now: Jonas dress for £388 from ba&sh
Heading off on holiday? You won’t want to be without this striped maxi dress.
Stripes are a trend that’ll never go away, so this dress is a safe bet.
Shop now: Chiffon dress for £214.65 from Nanushka
Wear this elegant dress with nude mules.
The subtle shimmer on this dress makes it perfect for going from office to party.