10 maxi dresses to see you through the upcoming heatwave

Hemlines are coming down as the temperature goes up. Bold, bright maxi dresses are an effortless way to stay (and look) cool this summer.

When it comes to dresses, it isn’t just midi styles that are stealing the show. Maxi styles are back. The floaty favourites are a summer hero piece, so look to ankle-grazing hemlines to nail one of this season’s key frocks. 

Want to know the best styles to go for? Look to loose silhouettes to keep you cool, while sugary pastel shades and tiered details also work well for daytime with delicate gold jewellery, a straw bag and chunky flatform sandals. 

When it comes to summer soirées, open back and cut-out details work best for a fresh take on summer evening dressing; just add a headband, barely there sandals and a statement evening bag. 

Slightly thicker linen and cotton mix maxi dresses look great in saturated shades for weekends in the garden or picnicking in the local park. Wear these with dad sandals, retro sunglasses and a crossbody bag. 

Here are our picks of the best maxi dresses available to buy right now.

Best maxi dresses

  • Reformation

    Best maxi dresses: Reformation

    For a relaxed weekend look, throw on your favourite white trainers with Reformation’s floral print dress, and go. No doubt you’ll also wear this style to weddings in the future. 

    Shop Winslow dress at Reformation, £285


  • H&M

    Best maxi dresses: H&M

    Waft around the countryside, the streets, a beach – basically everywhere – in this cream beauty. Also available in black, it’ll be your new throw-on-anytime dress. 

    Shop sleeveless maxi dress at H&M, £17.99


  • Kitri

    Best maxi dresses: Kitri

    Animal prints aren’t just reserved for autumn/winter, this luxe leopard style will look so good with chunky sandals and a straw bag.

    Shop Aurora print maxi dress at Kitri, £165


  • Mango

    Best maxi dresses: Mango

    Screaming summer vibes, this loose-fit halter neck dress also ticks off this season’s monochrome trend. Keep it chic with golden jewels and a squishy grab bag.

    Shop printed halter dress at Mango, £59.99


  • Baum Und Pferdgarten

    Best maxi dresses: Baum Und Pferdgarten

    How perfect is this blue printed dress? The drawstring waist style is ideal to change the shape from loose-fitting to more form-fitting. It looks just as good with boots as it does with flip flops. 

    Shop Asaga dress at Baum Und Pferdgarten, £279


  • Sika

    Best maxi dresses: Sika

    Handmade in Ghana, this statement printed dress with tiered hem is guaranteed to make an entrance. Try it out with chunky platform flip flops and a baguette bag. 

    Buy Amethyst Field dress at Sika, £189


  • Rixo

    Best maxi dresses: Rixo

    Ready for all those post-lockdown plans, this shell-print dress is so damn dreamy. The party in the back style with cut-out detail is one you’ll keep for a lifetime. 

    Shop Dani dress at Rixo, £345


  • Phase Eight

    Best maxi dresses: Phase Eight

    For the days when the rain falls, which it inevitably does in the British summer, this dress has you covered. Wear with a flatform or summer boot depending on the forecast. 

    Shop Phase Eight checked dress at Marks and Spencer, £99


  • Self-portrait

    The cut-out back on this Self-portrait dress will keep you cool even with the temperature rising. Pair with retro shades for a chic look.

    Shop fuchsia cotton maxi dress at Self-Portrait, £320


  • Hush

    Keep the minimal aesthetic of this dress company with chunky flip flops and a simple pair of gold hoops.

    Shop Reena linen dress at Hush, £99


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