Milkmaid Dresses Are Instagram’s Favourite Style For Summer, So We’ve Found The Very Best

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by Emma Richardson |
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It's fair to say that when it comes to dressing for summer, less is more. That's why when the weather starts to get warmer, an airy, free-flowing midi or maxi dress is the ultimate solution that you can throw on in an instant, keeping you cool without sacrificing style. This summer's favourite frock? The milkmaid dress, defined by its waist-cinching bodice, puffed sleeves and free-flowing A-line skirt.

Luxury brands like Dôen and Zimmermann, as well as high street heroes such as H&M and M&S stock milkmaid dresses aplenty, meaning you needn't go far to find the best styles. Whether you're looking for a minimal linen milkmaid dress or a classic Regency-esque floral number a la Bridgerton, we can all but guarantee you'll find one fit for you.

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While milkmaid dresses are having a moment this summer, they aren't exactly a new thing, per se. Celebs have made a case for the feminine silhouette for years now; Kylie Jenner and Selena Gomez flaunted the ever-popular DÔEN Stanza Dress on Instagram last summer, while Hunter Schafer wore a cropped version of the classic dress to Cannes. Suffice to say, the sundress is enjoying its moment in the spotlight - and there's no signs of it slowing down.

While we suspect you already have plenty of heatwave-appropriate summer dresses lined up in your wardrobe, we suggest you make room for at least one more. I scrolled through hundreds, if not thousands, and found the best milkmaid dresses to shop from high street to high end.

Shop: The Best Milkmaid Dresses

M&S know a thing or two about summer dresses, so it's no surprise they stock the perfect milkmaid dress, too. The coral colour is ideal for your next holiday, paired with either classic trainers or strappy sandals.

While a black dress may not seem entirely appropriate for the warmer summer weather, make an exception for this airy midi dress from River Island. Also available in a bright red and floral, sizes are already selling out fast.

H&M, Puff Sleeve Babydoll Dress
Price: £19.99

www2.hm.com

High street hero H&M knows how to create stylish dresses that look much more expensive than they are. The babydoll dress is a great option if you love the milkmaid trend but prefer a mini cut.

Reformation's take on the milkmaid trend is unsurprisingly, phenomenal. It's made from 100% linen, so completely heatwave-proof, and also available in floral, polka dot and classic white.

This 100% cotton maxi dress is in our opinion, one of the best milkmaid dresses out there. Classic milkmaid puff sleeves and a cinched bodice meets a boho tiered skirt to create the ultimate Free People summer dress.

Another wonderful Dôen dress, this frock embodies everything we love about a classic milkmaid dress: puff sleeves, a floral design and intricate tie detailing.

Zimmerman, Tranquillity Mini Dress
Price: £900 (was £1,500)

www.zimmermann.com

For a little twist on the classic silhouette, this Zimmermann dress, with its silk linen construction, low back and waist cut outs, is simply put, perfection.

House of CB is known for its incredible curation of dresses, and this one is no different. The Tallulah dress comes in four different hues (blue, pink, green and yellow), so if you're not completely sold on the pink floral number, there's an alternative style for you.

If you're after a lightweight summer frock that'll work for occasion after occasion, look to this printed mini from Mango - a dainty floral dress with classic puffed sleeves.

Abercrombie & Fitch, Puff Sleeve Midi Dress
Price: £62.99 (was £82)

www.abercrombie.com

Combine puffed sleeves, a cinched bodice and a free-flowing a-Line skirt with classic polka dot and you have this number from Abercrombie & Fitch.

Ralph Lauren, Floral Georgette Puff-Sleeve Dress
Price: £130 (was £259)

www.ralphlauren.co.uk

A classic milkmaid dress, minus the free-flowing A-Line skirt. This mini milkmaid dress is currently in the sale, available to buy for £130.

What exactly is a milkmaid dress, and why is it so popular right now?

A milkmaid dress is characterised by its romantic, vintage-inspired design, featuring puffed sleeves, a square neckline, and often a cinched waist with a flared skirt. This style evokes a sense of pastoral charm and timeless femininity. The resurgence of the milkmaid dress can be attributed to its flattering silhouette and the cottagecore trend, which celebrates a return to simplicity and nature. Fashion influencers and celebrities have embraced this look for its effortless blend of comfort and elegance, making it a staple for both casual outings and more polished events.

How can I style a milkmaid dress for different occasions?

Milkmaid dresses are incredibly versatile and can be styled to suit various occasions. For a casual day out, pair your dress with espadrilles or flat sandals and a straw hat for a laid-back, summery vibe. For a more polished look, opt for heeled sandals or ankle boots and accessorize with delicate jewelry. A denim jacket or a light cardigan can add a layer of warmth without detracting from the dress’s charm. For evening events, elevate the dress with statement earrings, a clutch, and strappy heels. The key is to play with accessories and footwear to transition your milkmaid dress seamlessly from day to night.

What is a milkmaid dress, and why is it so popular right now?

A milkmaid dress is a romantic, vintage-inspired design, featuring puffed sleeves, a square neckline, and often a cinched waist with a flared skirt. The resurgence of the milkmaid dress can be attributed to its flattering silhouette and the cottage-core trend, and fashion influencers and celebrities have embraced this look for its effortless blend of comfort and elegance, making it a staple for both casual outings and more polished events.

How can I style a milkmaid dress for different occasions?

Milkmaid dresses are incredibly versatile and can be styled to suit various occasions. For a casual day out, pair your dress with espadrilles or flat sandals and a straw hat for a laid-back, summery vibe. For a more polished look, opt for heeled sandals or ankle boots and accessorise with delicate jewellery. For evening events, we recommend elevating the dress with statement earrings, a clutch, and strappy heels.

Emma Richardson is a Beauty & Fashion Products Writer for Grazia. She covers shopping, lifestyle, celebs and anything trending.

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