I'm a Fashion Editor, and These Are the Maxi Dresses I'd Actually Recommend

Is there anything better than finding that perfect maxi dress that will last you the whole of summer, especially in the UK when the weather is so changeable? In my opinion, this floor-length frock should be flowing and comfortable, making it the perfect option for any last-minute events you might have. You want one that functions for various activities but still manages to be a complete knockout. This is the kind of dress you can throw on for a wedding, a meeting at the office, a garden party or when you're just hanging out with friends during the weekend. You want this dress to be the first thing people notice about you—whether it's because it's beautifully tailored, comes in a gorgeous fabric or has a great silhouette.

Right now, thanks to the various dress trends that are doing the rounds this season, there are so many maxis to choose from. Of course, there are prairie, shirred and polka-dot styles, but seeing as I spend quite a lot of my time shopping for a living, I decided to make an edit of the best maxis that will go with everything in your wardrobe and you can wear with trainers, heels or sandals. Every dress I've chosen is because I genuinely love it and know that you'll be inundated with people asking where you got it from.

Keep scrolling to see my edit of the best maxi dresses right now—from affordable to luxury. 

I'm pretty obsessed with this brand right now. The long sleeves are ideal for summers in the UK and the colour is so gorgeous. 

This is the sort of dress that is ideal for high summer and holiday, but will also look great layered over a roll-neck come fall.

If you're looking for a floral dress with a difference, try Kitri. The brand stocks flattering dresses at affordable prices but have fun prints that you've not seen anywhere else.

There's nothing we don't love about this designer's dresses. Divine. 

If florals and floaty frocks aren't your thing, then a shirt dress is a great shout for the summer. Make it this from Raey, which is super chic thanks to its sharp tailoring. 

A floral dress that will flatter most shapes and look great with gold sandals for a wedding and sneakers for the weekend. 

The classic slip dress is always a good idea. Wear under oversized jumpers and loose shirts and over your swimsuit for the beach.

A red sequinned dress in summer? Yes, why not? Even better, this will last you all the way through to the festive period. 

I've had my eye on this dress from & Other Stories for a while and know it looks incredible on. 

No list would be complete without one of this season's biggest hitters. 

Metallic pleats are back in, so get ahead of the trend now.

I've been sceptical about the return of the halter neck, but after seeing this dress, consider me a convert. 

Combining two trends in one: prairie and polka dots. 

I spotted Jessie Bush of We the People Style wearing this green dress from Three Graces and knew I had to include it. 

Ghost continues to deliver with beautiful dresses. Throw an oversized jumper over this and wear with Converse to dress down for weekends. 

Cutout dresses can be scary, but the long sleeves and hem make this a much easier way to tap into the trend. 

A classic, easy-to-wear maxi that will be a true investment.