There’s arguably no fashion piece better suited to the summer season than the effortless maxi dress, which lends itself expertly to the warm weather. Whether you favour breezy linens, statement silks or daring cut-outs, the maxi dress has long been a classic that’ll never go out of style, and this season is no different.

Of course, Australian designers have a reputation for creating some of the best on offer, and you’re sure to have this year’s creations on heavy rotation. Below, shop our edit of the maxi dresses that have already found their way to the top of our holiday wishlist.

New Year’s Eve is just around the corner, and the occasion is the perfect time to slip into something daring, with Manning Cartell’s new season cut-out maxi the ideal festive season style. Whether you go bold and bright in the brand’s pink Atomic Slip Dress or prefer to opt for on-trend chocolate in the Sweet Obsession Slip, you’re sure to turn heads.

Nobody does effortless summer dressing quite like Lee Mathews, whose flowing, floral printed masterpieces have become a quintessential staple for the warm weather.


There’s a reason why Ginger & Smart’s designs are so iconic — they’re timeless, chic and always come with an elevated edge. From classic staples that you’ll cherish forever to statement-makers fit for a summer evening, you’ll never regret adding a Ginger & Smart creation to your collection.

From balloon sleeves in summery prints to signature sleek slips and classic linens, SIR The Label doesn’t miss when it comes to summer favourites.

With celebrity fans like Margot Robbie and Phoebe Tonkin, it’s easy to see why Matteau has become such a favourite among the global style set. The homegrown label’s tiered maxi dresses are a classic staple, with relaxed silhouettes and breezy fabrics an effortless nod to ‘90s minimalism.

Nothing quite says summer like the flowing, floral and distinctly printed dresses by Australian favourite Zimmermann. Be it linen creations with signature blouson sleeves or silk organza with unexpected detailing, this season’s dresses are as magical as ever.