The mercury is set to continue to soar for the next few weeks, and we don’t know about you, but we’re feeling the heat. We’re shedding the jogging bottoms and tees of early lockdown and slipping into something even looser and more comfortable: the humble maxi dress.
Whether you’re relaxing on the patio, going for your daily stroll around the block or meeting a friend for a socially distanced catch-up, few styles are as elegant and easy to wear as the maxi – and in fabrics like linen and cotton, they’ll help you to keep your cool too. So we’ve scoured the rails and found the best styles to order now to give your new season wardrobe that little extra lift. Sandals and sunglasses at the ready!
21 of the best maxi dresses to shop now, from £19.99
Technically a beach dress, but just as good for sunbathing in the garden.
A lightweight fabric and a seriously gorgeous colour.
Pretty enough to see you through summer wedding season, when they’re allowed to happen again.
The ultimate way to tap into the tiered dress trend.
Bring the beach to you with a piece from H&M’s Desmond & Dempsey collab.
Easy, breezy, beautiful – and definitely a bargain.
Checks are timeless – this is a versatile maxi you’ll wear year after year.
Simple doesn’t have to be boring; the sea green colour elevates this to a great basic.
Take a tip from Emma Willis in this tiered design. It also comes in black.
An eco-conscious pick made from recycled materials, with a cool oversized silhouette.
This wear-everywhere staple comes in a choice of five different colours.
It’s basically impossible to resist a discount this good.
Beat the heat in this Mango stunner, also available in black.
Yes you can wear denim in the summer – especially when it still has pockets.
If there’s a better way to channel tropical, we’ve not found it yet.
Major Victoria Beckham on holiday vibes, with a fun leopard twist.
The elasticated waist makes this just as comfy as it is chic.
We don’t know how this is £24 – we just know you want to snap it up before everyone else does.
Need a sleeve? La Redoute maxi dresses have got you covered (literally).
The open back, the floral print, the puff sleeves – it doesn’t get much more feminine than this delicate design.