Flattering and feminine – the maxi dress has earned its place as a firm favourite. The most on-trend maxi dress for 2016 is slim and column shaped. Less about flowing fabrics and billowing skirts, the modern maxi is streamlined and sexy.
But if whimsical and free-flowing tickles your fancy, this shape is still in full-swing. Whatever the occasion, there’s a maxi dress that’s perfect.
Perfect for a cocktail party...
Column Strappy Maxi Dress, £80, Topshop
This aubergine column-shaped maxi dress from Topshop is on trend and very sexy. Backless and with a thigh-high side split, this more-is-less dress makes a miniskirt look about as enticing as a pair of granny pants. Style with black stiletto heels and a studded black clutch bag for added attitude.
Strapless Dress, £79.99, Mango
If you prefer a more flowing dress, another glamorous option is this strapless number from Mango in show-stopping scarlet, with draped detailing and a removable waist belt. Also comes in classic black or pretty light pink with a gold belt.
Perfect for a day at the races...
Over Exposed Stripe Print Maxi Dress by Goldie, £54, Topshop
Vertical stripes are a key trend for SS16. Go monochrome in this column-shaped striped maxi dress by Goldie at Topshop. The low tie-back detail adds something extra. Style with a fabulous fedora hat or oversized sunglasses.
Perfect for a black tie or formal event…
Virgos Lounge Ariann Embellished Maxi Dress With Frill Wrap Skirt, £95, ASOS
This black maxi dress with sequin and jewel embellishment oozes glamour. The classic, elegant column shape with a v-neckline is perfect for a formal occasion.
Perfect for a picnic…
Mela Navy Floral Print Maxi Dress, £28, Debenhams
Feminine florals are perfect for a picnic or summer event. Go boho with this sheer floral print maxi dress. Style with wedges, tan leather and a suede tassel bag.
Perfect for an off-duty daytime look…
Long Wrap Maxi Dress, £29.99, H&M
This laid-back maxi wrap dress in grey marl jersey from H&M is super comfy. The short-sleeved style with elasticated waist creates a casual vibe. Style with gladiator sandals or white plimsolls.
Perfect for your bridesmaids…
Silky Floaty Maxi Dress Nude, £35, Misguided
This silky maxi dress in nude from Missguided is figure-flattering and perfect for a wedding. Style with a diamante tiara and nude court shoes.