Long dresses are definitely my current obsession. Though it’s been over ten years since I wore one, I still remember the two I had back then – simple shape, floral pattern, pull-on-and-go attitude… The summers were hot and the maxi dresses were my uniform. I practically lived in them.
Fast forward through a decade free from ground sweeping lengths, and the switch inside my head goes off again, stimulated by both the need for a comfortable 24/7 frock and the memory of that Michael Kors broderie anglaise perfection.
It turns out that finding the one isn’t as easy as it seems, so I put together a list of dresses to suit different shapes and budgets, in case you have been on a quest, too.
The only style rule (or gentle reminder) when choosing your perfect maxi dress is making sure that, should you need/want to wear high heel shoes or wedges, you do pick the right length for the dress – having your shoes and ankles showing is never chic…
Shopping list: 1. Embellished necklace printed dress (£56), 2. Marala embroidered cotton dress (£158 Was £395), 3. Banana & Melon dress (£315), 4. Glennis printed wrap dress (£242 Was £485), 5. Attic & Barn floral print dress (£204), 6. Cool change bamboo print bandeau dress (£185), 7. Chacharel printed dress (£964), 8. Sweetheart Hilow maxi dress (£179)
Shopping list: 9. Hateley linen maxi dress, Weekend by MaxMara (£152) (similar, but more budget friendly Goddiva bandeau maxi dress, £45), 10. Ilonie striped maxi dress, Paul & Joe (£650), 11. Scarf print handkerchief dress, Michael by Michael Kors (£305), 12. Printed maxi dress, Thakoon Addition (£168 Was £558), 13. Emilio Pucci strapless printed gown (£835 Was £1855), 14. Long floral print dress, JS Collection (£76 Was £190), 15. Strapless printed gown (£79.99), 16. Colour-block silk halter-neck dress, Haute Hippie (£179 Was £540)
Shopping list: 17. Genie printed stretch-jersey maxi dress, Tart (£99 Was £220), 18. Printed jersey maxi dress, T-Bags (£85 Was £180), 19. Tabia long dress, Theory (£335), 20. Tie-dye silk maxi dress, Raquel Allegra (£490), 21. Double layer maxi dress, Whistles (£135), 22. Rio embroidered maxi dress (£180), 23. Strapless striped maxi dress, Tsumori Chisato (£388), 24. Aruba split maxi dress, Heidi Klein (£320), 25. Greek maxi dress, Hoss Intropia (£258)
Photo source: Toni Garrn in Chic & easy pieces / Harper’s Bazaar US April 2011 (photography: Camilla Akrans, styling: Brana Wolf)