I know, I know, it's raining and you don't want to think about maxi dresses yet, but I want to challenge that thought process. Yes the weather is crap. Did that stop you from wearing a skirt without tights today? No. Even though your road was covered in puddles the size of ponds, did it deter you from pulling on your high heels last week? I didn't think so. And exactly how many times have you ventured out into the freezing cold, all dolled up for a night out, without a coat? Hundreds. So why do so many of us still have that annoying habit of only wearing maxi dresses in the one week of sunshine that appears out of nowhere mid July?

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I'm asking you to snap out of it, right now. Don't just leave your poor, beautiful dresses in the back of the wardrobe - style them up for your friends wedding, the races, or your next holiday, or dress them down with layering and go for a boho luxe look. This year maxi dresses are back in a big way. Celebrities like Katy Perry and Nicole Ritchie are wearing theirs anywhere and everywhere. The maxi has appeared on hundreds of catwalks in an truly amazing array of styles, from Mary Katrantzou's structured pieces and PPQ's floaty, feminine numbers, to the long sleeved country girl dresses at Daks. There are so many options to choose from depending on your mood, and we've got the best picks in our gallery. Buy these babies now and you'll be wearing them all year round!

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