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Take it to the Maximum

Written by Helen Hackwell on Thursday, 09 August 2012.

The weather may have been abysmal for most of the summer, but that hasn’t stopped the wedding season from winding up into full swing. So far this year I’ve been to two weddings and I’ve got three more to go. Two of which are at that slightly awkward time of year where summer becomes autumn and the already unpredictable British weather becomes exceptionally erratic. Bearing that in mind I started to research suitable wedding outfits and came to the conclusion that a maxi dress is the way forward. Long enough to keep you warm in a cold breeze and loose enough to keep you cool whilst standing in the sun – the ideal wedding guest outfit.

The real genius of this idea is an upshot of stores releasing their AW12 collections featuring an array of beautiful maxi dresses and gowns; perfect for trans-seasonal weddings and further down the line, Christmas parties!

Although some stores are still in sale mode, many have already started to release their AW12 collections and I’ve selected a few of my favourite dresses to share with you.

Bastyan – Maeva Maxi DressFrench Connection - Spring Moiree Maxi DressBy Malene Birger - Adalgisa Dress Soft GreenRaoul - Silk Georgette V Neck Wallis GownTed Baker - Curassi Printed Maxi Dress

1. Bastyan – Maeva Maxi Dress
Designed for Bastyan by Yong Fong, with the print by Vanessa Harrington, this is another of our exclusive limited edition pieces from our Collaborare range. Floor length elegance that is perfect for those special occasions. Beautifully made from silk-charmeuse with a contrast black bound lining.

2. French Connection - Spring Moiree Maxi Dress
French Connection lightweight crepe-chiffon maxi dress has a gorgeous marble-effect print, creating an ethereal feel to this dreamy gown. Wear with minimal accessories, just a pair of strappy sandals and a delicate chain bag.

3. By Malene Birger - Adalgisa Dress Soft Green
This stunning floor length Adalgisa dress from By Malene Birger is a signature piece from this season's collection and oozes breath taking elegance. This sleeveless style has a relaxed fit with an open back detail, removeable gold metal chain trim, invisible side pockets.

4. Raoul - Silk Georgette V Neck Wallis Gown
Radiate classic Thirties glamour in this stylish evening gown from the fashion pack's newest muse, Raoul. Simply stunning with only the addition of a few glittering jewels you cannot fail to impress!

5. Ted Baker - Curassi Printed Maxi Dress
Strapless with pleating detail on the bust and a hidden zip at the back.

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