I’m going to be honest. Maxi dresses are the dress I’m grateful to have when I can’t be bothered to put on tights/shave my legs but need to look at least half interested in what I ended up having to leave the house for. Understated, glamorous, timeless or bold; a maxi dress is the easy way to look like you’ve put 100% effort into your outfit when really you just fancied swishing around like a chiffon covered mermaid while people compliment the beautiful detail that is sewn onto your dress. I can be a lazy dresser, but I know truly that maxi dresses can be jaw-droppingly stunning when the non-lazy dresser get’s their hands on them.
Here’s some of my top picks of maxi dresses available at the moment!
Gatsby lady knows how to do glamour! £59.00 and up to a size 30, the Carolyn dress is a really excellent buy for special occasions. It is a timeless maxi that I would certainly keep forever as it’s a classic and beautiful style. It’d be too special to ever part with. The midnight blue colour and beading combined with the sheer cape means it can be worn all year round, for a wedding in the summer to a New Year’s Eve party.
The list wouldn’t be complete without a bardot neckline! While not everyone is a fan of bardot styles, this Evans dress is understated but pretty with gorgeous embroidery detail. It’s available in size 14-32. I like that this style of dress makes it seem so effortless to feel stylish. I have a pretty bad habit of having a collection of dresses that I can just pull on without having to do anything else to create an outfit. I’d probably be guilty of wearing this dress to go buy milk in as well as wearing it to birthday meal. No worrying about what I’m wearing on my bottom half as well as not having to deal with zips? Count me in!
I know this says it’s a beach dress, but I would totally wear this as an everyday dress and hopefully startle some prudes on the way. I’ve had my eye on it for ages and I really, really love the sheer panels. A glorious statement can be made with a dress that shows the areas plus size women get told to cover up. Stretchmark-statements are my cup of tea and I would quite happily live in this dress until we reach Winter. It comes in sizes 16-32 and costs £42.00.
I am in awe of the craft that Gatsbylady involves in their dresses! The lavender colour and delicate detail is pretty breathtaking. A jaw-dropping gown that can do no wrong, especially with understated accessorising. The Dolores dress comes in sizes 6-30 and is £179.00
I’ve never seen a polka-dot dress look so versatile before! It even has frills. FRILLS. And yet it somehow gets away with being totally glam?! I’d team this with a pair of red heels and lippy if I was going formal, but I reckon this could also be worn with sandals to a BBQ or a laid back lunch. It’s got a vintage charm to it too and I think it’d look cute with some victory rolls. Up to a size 28 and £65.00 isn’t bad for a dress that can make a million outfits.
This is a really cute, relaxed option. It can be styled differently with a pair of ankle boots and a leather jacket for a smarter look or a denim jacket and trainers for when you’re after something low maintenance. I’m a fan of throwing together things that a bit of a juxtaposition and I think this classic style of a tea dress can definitely worn from everything from a gig to a day at the beach. £30 and up to a size 28, ASOS are usually pretty bang on with their value for money.
Awesome Autumn colours for this long sleeved maxi from Navabi. Perfect for the cooler days we’re getting now and it can easily be layered up for when the weather really changes. Paisley is pretty unstoppable as a pattern and this dress comes in sizes up to a 32 and costs £143.99. While it’s on the pricier side, it’s an investment in an excellent quality dress that will never age.