A great maxi dress is a reliable summer purchase, and there are several reasons for this. Firstly, it's transitional in terms of both season and occasion—the very height of summer through to the depths of winter, from work to the weekend. Secondly, it's a little bit dramatic yet entirely casual when worn with the required accessories for each occasion—add sneaks and you'll see what we mean.
The long frocks are a get-up-and-go kind of purchase, often requiring almost zero time required for styling it—the swooping hemline does all the statement making for you. So unless you're experimenting with a little layering come autumn or winter (try one over T-shirts and roll-necks or under blazers and denim jacket), it's fine to keep things simple. Keep scrolling and click through our best maxi dress picks.