20/06/2012 15:37 | By Rebecca Bryant, editor, MSN Shopping

Maxidresses for 2012

From mullet dresses to full-on prints, if there's one item you have to purchase this summer, it's the maxi. Here's our pick of the top eight maxidresses for 2012.

1. AllSaints Ombre maxidress, £150
You can't make the sun shine but this Ombre maxidress from AllSaints will make it at least feel like summer. Using a colour and dye technique developed in-house, the creative team behind this dress have carefully blended colours together to create a sunset effect. Made out of 100% washed silk habotai and hand-embellished with tonal sequins, this easy-to-wear maxi will make you look and feel cool.
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Ombre maxidress (© Image © Ciao)

2. AllSaints Treasure maxidress, £230
Inspired by Morocco, this 100% washed silk empire-line maxidress from AllSaints features a tiered skirt for volume and an eclectic mix of animal prints. It's the perfect choice for a summer party on a beach in some exotic location or evening drinks with friends. Team with a pair of leather sandals for a truly stylish outfit.
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AllSaints treasure maxidress (© Image © Ciao)

3. Asymmetric maxidress, £27.99
While mullet dresses may be all the rage, this white maxidress partly fits the bill as it has a pretty asymmetric and slightly flared hemline. The loose fit, flattering neckline and 100% cotton fabric will help keep you cool when the temperatures begin to rise. This is the perfect lightweight dress for you summer holiday.
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Asymmetric maxidress (© Image © Ciao)

4. Rocawear Look At Me Now maxidress, £27.09
This Look At Me Now graphic print maxidress from Rocawear is colourful, figure-hugging and will see you through the summer months. The flattering halterneck neckline and slightly flared skirt makes this a great choice if you want to flaunt your figure and your fake tan without showing too much flesh.
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Rocawear Look At Me Now maxidress (© Image © Ciao)

5. Besired strapless maxidress, £39.95
Show off some shoulder in this strapless maxidress from Besired. Floor-length and with ruching detail around the clevage, this lined maxidress is the perfect piece for your wardrobe. The vibrant butterfly pattern and aquamarine base will certainly let you stand out from the crowd.
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Besired strapless maxidress (© Image © Ciao)

6. Aidan Mattox strapless maxidress, £184.07
Strapless? Check. Mullet dress? Check Maxi-length? Check. In terms of trends, this chiffon number from Aidan Mattox ticks all the boxes. What's more, it's a stunning gown to have in your wardrobe for any summer party. The sweetheart neckline and shorter length at the front really flatters the figure and lets you show off your pins, while the striking print will suit every complexion.
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Aidan Mattox strapless dress (© Image © Ciao)

7. Louche Vanessa maxidress, £49
If you're heading to a summer wedding, it's well worth considering this Vanessa maxidress from Louche. Featuring a cowl neckline, vivid blue and beige print, nipped in waist and floaty, sheer skirt with lining underneath, this is a cool and comfortable dress that will hide problem areas while making the most of your best bits. Team with a wide-brimmed summer hat, nude heels and plain handbag to make a statement this summer.
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Louche Vanessa maxidress (© Image © Ciao)

8. Roxy Peace of Heart maxidress, £28.94
Take a trip down memory lane with this psychedelic maxidress from Roxy. The eye-catching swirl print harks back to the summer of love while the plunging neckline and bikini-style top make this a fantastic one-piece to wear to the beach or an after-hours beach party.
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Roxy peace of heart maxidress (© Image © Ciao)

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