The summer sun is coming…and we all know how that ends up. Sticky, sweaty uncomfortable long days where the air con feels like your best friend. Urgh. Whilst we are dwelling in an unusual cloudy season at the moment, the rays are sure to break through soon. And when they come, they’re relentless. Thankfully, we have the maxi-dress to see us through.
It’s airy, cooling and a fuss-free one piece fashion decision – definitely an alluring factor when you’re running for the bus in 33 degrees heat. *late for your appointment*. What’s this got to do with heat? Stay focused on theme of the story. The dress is a dream for us tropical climate dwellers, but we especially love the ‘off-duty- vibes of a maxi dress: just throw on a snazzy pair of heels or sandals and you’re good to go. So here’s one for all you busy ladies out there, a curated list of 15 maxi dresses that you can rock out in style and combat the heat. You’re welcome.
We love the floral motifs all over this dress from Mango, together with a cap sleeve that ends with ruffles. And nothing screams summer better than flowers. It gives the flowy illusion and simultaneously allowing you to show off your slender frame. Why not wear yours with a plain heeled loafers to the office.
Mango, Floral print long dress, $179
This georgette maxi dress from Madewell is printed with brushstroke flowers, with a classic wrap effect perfect for work. It is finished with sheer sleeves and a fluid maxi skirt so you don’t compromise on your comfort while looking professional all at once.
Madewell, Jane wrap effect floral print georgette maxi dress, $237 from Net-a-porter
Intricately embroidered flowers on mesh with a high collar neckline, this sheer and airy maxi dress from Mango is one that we are absolutely lusting after. Pair it with your favourite pair of sneakers and you are casual chic ready for ‘dress down Fridays’.
Mango, Embroidered mesh dress, $199
Patterned with the label’s exquisite ‘Toile de Jouy’ print from Spring ‘17 collection, this silk crepe de chine maxi dress from Vilshenko is so comfortable to be in. On the shoulders, it is cut to frame. Waist down, it falls to an asymmetric hem that ruffles gently with every step. Wear it with sandals and you’re ready for that shopping spree you planned for.
Vilshenko, Elvira cold-shoulder printed silk crepe de chine maxi dress, $1,332 from Net-a-porter
Fluid and chic, this maxi dress from Paper London is patterned with sky blue and white stripes, giving a nautical look. It is unlined, making the dress really light and has side slit pockets with a ruched halterneck silhouette that flatters the shoulders. Besides, who doesn’t love a dress with pockets.
Paper london, Bermuda striped silk crepe de chine maxi dress, $618 from Net-a-porter
Bohemian-meets-victorian, this ruffle high neck maxi dress from Vero moda is so simple to slip into. Soft with a feminine touch, we recommend strappy sandals and a loose bun to highlight the ruffle high neck.
Vero moda, Ruffle high neck maxi dress, $126.69 from ASOS
Stunning and eye-catching in red, this simple and classy v neck drape crepe gown from Valentino exudes elegance and femininity. Made from a wool-crepe, the draped side ripples with each step, revealing a luscious gold lining. We suggest putting your hair up into a bun and attend that cocktail party you have.
Valentino, Draped wool crepe gown, $4,895 from Net-a-porter
Just take a look at this pressed pleated maxi dress from Dion Lee — it adds volume and beautiful movement to the skirt. Ivory pique in colour with a plunging neckline and v back, you will turn heads wherever you are. We promise.
Dion lee, Pleated pique maxi dress, $1,025 from Net-a-porter
Decorated with guipure lace inserts, ruffled sleeves, a high neckline and floor-sweeping tiered hem, it exudes a classy demeanour as you gracefully glide down the streets. The column silhouette are balanced by the thigh-grazing jersey lining underneath, giving a more defined frame. Complete the outfit with chunky heels.
McQ alexander mcqueen, Guipure lace-trimmed gauze mini dress, $575 from Net-a-porter
Opening ceremony’s dramatic sheer tulle maxi dress is to-die-for. Packed with attitude from the ruffles and sheer tiered skirt, it gives off a biker chic charm while the satin slip injects femininity and sophistication to the entire outfit. It is the dress you want to be seen in.
Opening ceremony, Ruffle trimmed tulle maxi dress, $568 from Net-a-porter
Don’t you just love how the ruffles fall so becomingly on this sweet dusty rose maxi dress? Delicate and charming, wear your hair up in a bun and put on some drop pearl earrings before heading out to your favourite speakeasy bar.
Asos, True decadence petite all over ruffle detail cami maxi dress, $147.81 from ASOS
Striking, this two tone maxi dress can take you anywhere you want. The halter neck accentuates a slender frame and the spliced pleat allow you to show off your legs in a flattering manner. All you need to do now is put on your dancing shoes and head out with your girls.
BCBG maxazria, Two tone maxi dress, $570.11 from ASOS
Feeling way too warm than usual? Then get into this tutti-frutti dress from Rosie assoulin. Appliqued with subtle banana, strawberry and pineapple motif, it is made from striped linen and cotton-blend. It boasts of a tailored bodice that frames your body for a close fit while the skirt flares out and drapes beautifully to a maxi hem. Throw on a sunhat and you are vacation ready.
Rosie assoulin, Tutti-frutti appliqued striped linen and cotton-blend maxi dress, $2,513 from Net-a-porter
For the Resort ‘17 collection, Peter Dundas describes Roberto Cavalli’s direction as one inspired from a globe-trotting rock goddess. Mixing bohemian with oriental glamour, this maxi dress is crafted from cotton-voile, adorned with snake embroidery and mirror sequins. The billowy, tiered skirt is perfect for when the heat is getting too unbearable in Singapore.
Roberto Cavalli, Embroidered cotton-voile maxi dress, $3,682 from Net-a-porter
Inspired by the physiology of plants, this pleated colour block maxi dress exudes elegance with the weightless silk crepe de chine spliced with pleated panels. So fluid and flowy, we suggest wearing this with plain black sandals and a giant sunhat for a day out by the beach.
Zeus+Dione, Maya pleated colour block silk crepe de chine maxi dress $888 from Net-a-porter