Maxi dress style – Perfect for Summer

The calendar says that it is Summer, but standing outside today watching Joe play football in biting wind, I’m not so sure. But one thing I am sure of is that it is maxi dress season. Confused, well let me explain.

Maxi dresses have become a real summer staple, one that suit woman of all shapes and sizes, and work for pretty much every occasion. You can buy them in regular, petite and plus size fits, in styles that come from strapless to long sleeved, in heavier jersey to the lightest of cotton. And this is what makes them perfect for English Summer, as well as throwing in that holiday suitcase.

A maxi will work for a wedding, a summer garden party, or thrown over a bikini or swimsuit at the beach. They are perfect for holiday evening wear as they look great with jewelled sandals and a clutch bag, but add a blazer or a lightweight cardigan and they can take you smartly into most work situations too. A stretchy jersey vest style version works for a day at the park with the kids. Wear a stripy version and a straw hat and you are all set for summer in the city. The boho styles loved by everyone from Kate Moss to Rihanna cover all manner of sins with their long sleeves and ethnic prints, and Kylie Minogue shows how well they can work for petite girls too.

Here are some of my favourite maxi styles, along with some suggestions on how to get the look too.

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Get the look

ASOS High Neck Swing Maxi Dress £45.00 Click to visit Asos

ASOS High Neck Swing Maxi Dress £45.00 Click to visit Asos

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ASOS Ruffle Cold Shoulder Maxi Dress in Vintage Floral Print £48.00 Click to visit ASOS

ASOS Ruffle Cold Shoulder Maxi Dress in Vintage Floral Print
£48.00 Click to visit ASOS

River Island Border Print Bardot Maxi Dress £35.00 Click to visit ASOS

River Island Border Print Bardot Maxi Dress
£35.00 Click to visit ASOS

Kate Moss

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Only 3/4 Sleeve Boho Maxi Dress RRP £32.00 £28.00 Click to visit ASOS

Only 3/4 Sleeve Boho Maxi Dress RRP £32.00 now £28.00 Click to visit ASOS

Simply Be Paisley Print Maxi Dress now £25 Click to visit Simply Be

Simply Be Paisley Print Maxi Dress now £25 Click to visit Simply Be

Catherine Zeta Jones

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Boohoo Basics Clara Tie Back Maxi Dress £15 Click to visit Boohoo

Boohoo Basics
Clara Tie Back Maxi Dress £15 Click to visit Boohoo

**Dress by Oh My Love £49.00 Click to visit Topshop

**Dress by Oh My Love
£49.00 Click to visit Topshop

Padma Lashkmi

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Darcie Boho Paisley Maxi Skirt £15 Click to visit Boohoo

Darcie Boho Paisley Maxi Skirt £15 Click to visit Boohoo

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 Bardot Long Sleeved Flora Maxi Cut Out Back Dress now £30.50 Click to visit House of Fraser


Bardot Long Sleeved Flora Maxi Cut Out Back Dress
now £30.50 Click to visit House of Fraser

Gestuz Audra Maxi Dress in Floral Print £169.00 Click to visit ASOS

Gestuz Audra Maxi Dress in Floral Print
£169.00 Click to visit ASOS

 

Rihanna

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**Girls On Film Blue Print Maxi Dress Price: £50.00 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

**Girls On Film Blue Print Maxi Dress
Price: £50.00 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

**Hawaii Floral Wrap Dress by Nobody's Child £28.00 Click to visit Topshop

**Hawaii Floral Wrap Dress by Nobody’s Child
£28.00 Click to visit Topshop

Super luxe maxi dresses from Selfridges

Question – When is a maxi dress not a maxi dress?

Answer – when it is a super luxe maxi dress from Selfridges of course!

Selfridges currently has a range of maxi dresses that are enough to make you seriously drool. From a host of designers who read like a who’s who of fashion, there are designs that are just made for the poolside bar from Michael Kors and Mara Hoffman and printed versions from Diane Von Furstenberg that show that she has lost non of the iconic talent that made her wrap dress so successful.

I love the Angelina Jolie style black draped dress from Helmet Lang, a classic look that requires no adornment, whilst Cavalli and Stella McCartney embrace colour in showstopping designs using the flamboyance of florals and lace.

Classic maxi style

Olivia Munn

Dita Von Teese

Jessica Alba

Vanessa Hudgens

Cressida Bonas

Sienna Miller

These dresses are all just exquisite – what would you choose?

Roberto Cavalli Printed maxi dress 

DIANE VON FURSTENBERG Samson maxi dress 

FREE PEOPLE Film Noir maxi dress 

STELLA MCCARTNEY Panelled embroidered dress 

M MISSONI Metallic knitted maxi dress 

HELMUT LANG Kinetic jersey maxi dress 

MICHAEL KORS Batwing maxi dress 

MATTHEW WILLIAMSON Cobra drape dress