The floaty maxi is just what we need to stay chic and cool for the summer.

This heatwave has conjured up a few style dilemmas for us recently – when you want to keep a look together but stay fresh and comfortable.

Enter the maxi/midi dress saviours. They are easy to wear and so so stunning. This weather is the perfect time to dress up or make maxis casual with simple hair and flatter sandals.

Whether it’s an afternoon on the cocktail terrace or a summer party, browse our favourite styles below. We’ve mixed bare arms with frilled sleeves for comfort, as well as some of the biggest trending pieces of the moment. (Hats off to Penneys and Topshop for causing a stir with their rainbow and pinafore styles this month)

Click on the dresses to hop straight to the online stores – because it’s almost too hot to shop!

Jacquard Stripe Pinafore Dress – £59

Y.A.S Satin Floral Wrap Dress €89.86*

Little Mistress – ASOS €124.43*

River Island Pink floral maxi dress €75.00

Mango gingham midi dress €69.11*

M&S Autograph €95*

Penneys €20. Photo: @Primark Insta via @CourtneySmithStyle

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