18 of the best ‘milkmaid’ style dresses for every budget from £25

When shopping for dresses, you may find some styles just don’t feel right — and being comfortable is just as important as looking good. Luckily, milkmaid dresses are trending his season and it is a style that seems to suit everybody, making it pretty much universally flattering. 

The humble milkmaid dress has not only been spotted everywhere in the shops but also all over Instagram on the coolest ladies around. There are several variations on the style, but the basic components are puffed sleeves and a square or sweetheart neckline. Many have shirred bodice features or tie fronts, and while mini styles are super cute, we’ve found more midis about currently, which are also easier to style for those in-between weather days. 

This truly is the easiest ‘throw on and go’ dress, and can work for any occasion; wear it with converse trainers and a denim jacket for a walk to the park, or add some espadrilles and statement jewellery during an evening out. It’s also a great transitional piece as we go into September, as it works well with many different styles of outerwear. 

We’ve curated 18 of the best milkmaid designs around right now, starting at just £25. 

The best milkmaid dresses:

Net A Porter

Ulla Johnson Iliana belted tiered cotton midi dress, £445, Net A Porter

River Island

Blue puff sleeve smock midi beach dress, £25, River Island

Free People

Dahlia Embroidered Maxi Dress, £158, Free People


Eden Square Neck Midi Dress, £99, Hush


Stradivarius milkmaid poplin maxi dress with puff sleeves in white, £25.99, ASOS

Damson Madder

Organic Frill Neck Gingham Dress, £65, Damson Madder

O Pioneers

Jemima Dress – Blossom Patchwork, £395, O Pioneers


Elina Long Gingham Dress, £49, Ost


Joni Dress, £140, Yolke

& Other Stories

Puff Sleeve Midi Dress, £85, & Other Stories


Bershka linen milkmaid mini dress in red, £25.99, ASOS


Sleeper Belle Linen Dress, £169, Flannels


Elle Dress, £218, Reformation


Arabella Pink Cotton Shirred Dress, £145, Kitri


Ganni floral-print mini dress, £215, Farfetch


Floral Dress With Guipure Detail, £185, Uterque


Sweetheart neck midi dress, £25, Monki


Button-front dress, £34.99, H&M

Feature by Rebecca Fearn