Whether they’re light and floaty, or structured and smart, maxi dresses have been big news in the fashion world for the past few summers – so it’s safe to say, that they’re here to stay. Versatile, flattering and lots of fun to wear, maxi dresses have become every fashion editor’s go-to item for effortless summer elegance, as their loose-fitting style helps to keep you cool whilst providing plenty of coverage.
However, if you’re yet to add one to your wardrobe now is the perfect time to start your summer maxi dress search, so let’s take a look at this season’s must-have styles.
The key to effortless summer style is to keep it simple, and sophisticated dressing doesn’t come easier than an on-trend monochrome maxi dress that you can dress up or down as you please. Make a statement in abstract prints or be feminine in florals, and when you want to add a splash of colour, a handbag, wide belt or light knitted cardigan in a summery hue will give you a whole new look.
Tropical patterns have been all over the summer catwalks, in the form of big, bold prints that lend themselves perfectly to flowing maxi dresses. If you’re more daring, look for playful parrots and colourful florals, or if you’d prefer understated prints take a look at David Emanuel’s beautiful maxi dress designs for Bonmarche. He’s lent his expertise to a range of fashionable and affordable evening maxi dresses that includes exotic palm leaf motifs and animal jungle designs, plus the flowing empire line cuts of the maxi dresses will complement every figure, making them an essential summer purchase.
Feminine and fun paisley maxi dresses are ideal for summer weddings, particularly if you choose a more fitted style and team your dress with a fabulous fascinator. What’s more, paisley prints are flattering to the figure and help to draw attention away from unwanted curves, particularly in bold summer shades of turquoise and magenta that you’ll want to wear all summer – and beyond!
Whether you prefer pretty ditsy-print blossoms or big, beautiful blooms that will really make an impression, a great floral maxi dress is an essential for every ladies’ summer wardrobe, and may become the most versatile dress you own. Team your floral maxi dress with a light linen jacket for breezy summer nights, an oversized pair of sunglasses and a woven beach bag for vintage-inspired holiday wear, or even a tailored blazer to tackle stylish yet seasonal office chic.