24 Stylish Maxi Dresses To Live In This Summer

From beaches to picnics: flattering comfy maxi dresses we love.

As the long, hot, hazy days of summer stretch ahead (here’s hoping at any rate), the maxi dresses languishing at the back of our wardrobes for the rest of the year on standby suddenly become our most reached-for items. Breezy, easy-to-pull on, they are comfortable, flattering and instantly elongate the silhouette to make towering glamazons of us all.

We love that a maxi dress can be smart or romantic when worn with some Grecian sandals or wedge espadrilles, or totally dressed down with flip flops for a day of sunbathing on the sand (we even like to keep a spare rolled up in a beach bag for all maxi dress-related emergencies). Pair them with a big floppy hat, a straw bag and some oversized sunglasses and you’re ready for any summer situation as it arises. Here are our favourites to wear on repeat right now.

By Nancy Alsop
August 2020


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Printed Cotton Poplin Maxi Dress, £225

Cutter Brooks

Salvador Silk Dress, NOW £218


Brynne Maxi Tee Dress, £120

Selected Femme

Plissé - Maxi Dress, £95

Cabbages & Roses

Alex Dress In Dark Navy Stripe, £365


Flowy Long Dress, NOW £39.99

Love Shack Fancy

Caressa Dress Candy Heart, £395

Wolf and Badger

Hullam Tie Shoulder Maxi Dress ‘Blossom Cheetah’, £320

People Tree

Luella Stripe Dress, £95

Emily and Fin

Chloe Pink Asilah Floral Wrap Dress, £145

Pretty Eccentric

Lamore Maxi Dress in Black, £269


Maya Dress, £219


Cotton Voile Slip Dress, £79


Long Printed Dress, £79.99


Robe Graziella, £170


Cici Dress Rosemary Garden, £129

Matches Fashion

Heidi Klein Floral-Print Silk Crepe Maxi Dress, £420


Dress With Gathered Panels, £79

Wolf and Badger

Arvee Dusty Pink Maxi Dress, £108


Draw String Textured Maxi Dress, £150

Shop Style

The Vampire’s Wife Keira Liberty-Print Silk-Satin Dress, NOW £725

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Floral Print Maxi Dress, £95

Matches Fashion

Three Graces London Cosette Striped Cotton-Blend Seersucker Maxi Dress, £525


Cotton Kaftan Dress, £34.99

Nancy Alsop


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