9 maxi dresses to see you through the coming 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.

Summer 2019 was all about the statement dress, and the dress continues to reign supreme this season. Lengths have come down further from last year’s midi lengths so look for loose silhouettes and ankle-grazing hemlines for instant, on-trend chic.

Collarbone skimming straps and voluminous shapes are perfect for understated sexy summer style. Sugary pastel shades and tiered details work well for daytime with delicate gold jewellery, a canvas tote bag, a colourful fan and leather sandals. 

Ruffle and wrap 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. 

As autumn approaches re-think your look by layering your summer dress over a cotton T-shirt or adding a cardigan or lightweight utility jacket and either chunky casual sandals or trainers. 

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

  • Kitri

    No print says summer more than a bold floral print. Wear this halterneck dress for date night at home with barely there sandals.

    Shop Kitri Vera printed maxi dress, £185

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  • Baum Und Pferdgarten

    Summer black is the colour trend that gains momentum each season. Perfect for those really hot days when a bright colour would show all kinds of marks.

    Shop Baum und Pferdgarten Aymeline dress, £219

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  • Ghost

    Grab your straw bag and sandals and head to the supermarket in this blue floral dress from Ghost.

    Shop Ghost Marley floral dress, £120

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  • Mango

    Sometimes simple really is the best policy. This mint green dress with minimal styling, thin straps and leg split will keep as much skin open to the breeze as possible.

    Buy Mango slit long dress, £89.99

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  • Reformation

    For a relaxed weekend look, throw on your favourite white trainers with Reformation’s butterfly print dress.

    Shop Reformation butterfly floral print maxi dress, £305

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  • Rixo

    Ready for Zoom calls, Rixo’s multi print maxi dress is business appropriate with a sense of fun.

    Shop Rixo Cozi Klimt dress, £335

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  • Reserved

    Tropical prints were huge for spring/summer 2020. Stop them looking too much by keeping accessories simple.

    Shop Reserved maxi patterned dress, £64.99

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  • Zadig & Voltaire

    For the days when the rain falls, which it inevitably does in the British summer, even when it’s hot, this dress has you covered. Wear with a flatform or summer boot to keep your feet dry.

    Shop Zadig & Voltaire Realize crepe midi dress, £455

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  • 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 Self-portrait fuchsia cotton maxi dress, £320

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  • Zara

    Jazz up a simple dress with ruffles for standout dressing. Pair this Zara dress with kitten heel mules and layered necklaces.

    Shop Zara long dress with ruffles, £25.99

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  • Hush

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

    Shop Hush Reena linen dress, £99

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