Ruffle maxi dresses are having a moment! Here are our favourites from the high-street

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best ruffle maxi dress

by Samantha Price |
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Just imagine sipping a glass of wine on a balcony in the best ruffle dress when you're next off on your hols. Ugh, literally the dream. Either that, or you're attending a wedding as the best-dressed guest at the function. Looking for a dress to impress? The ruffle maxi dress wows every time.

You will have seen these dresses everywhere at the moment. As worn by Maya Jama and Hailey Bieber, they're the dreamy tiered dresses with floaty skirts and glorious ruffles that have been all over our feeds. If you're wondering where to buy ruffle maxi dresses that are so on trend for the season, there are a few brands that do them well.

Brands like House of CB, Club L London and Pretty Lavish have jumped on the ruffle dress trend. And, while we love these higher end brands as a treat, we've also included some more affordable options, with House of CB dupes and dresses from PrettyLittleThing and Boohoo to name a few.

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There are even some Rat and Boa dupes that we've added to our selection of frill dresses that you can buy on the high street right now. Believe us, if you're after the ultimate romantic dress then a ruffle dress is for you. Here are our favourite showstopping ruffle dresses for you to wear for your next occasion.

SHOP: The best ruffle dresses on the high street

Pink Abstract Spot Satin Ruffle Maxi DressNew Look
Price: £12 (was £37.99)

We've found this absolute gem of a dress in the New Look sale. This chic pink satin ruffle maxi dress with an abstract spot print wouldn't look out of place while you're drinking sangria in the sun. The thin straps and split hem detail add some elegance, while the playful print keeps it light and fun.

Green Satin Strappy Ruffle Maxi DressNew Look
Price: £22 (was £36.99)

New Look also has the exact same design in green if you're more into block colours. Also in the sale, this satin strappy ruffle maxi dress can be worn again and again. A timeless colour and design, we can see this being a new favourite wedding guest dress. But another great one for all occasions, tbh.

Mesh Ruffle Maxi DressBoohoo
Price: £17 (was £28)

A favourite of ours, this mesh ruffle maxi dress from Boohoo has us obsessed. Not only are we loving the hot pink colour that's so on trend right now (Barbie, anyone?) but the placement of the ruffles is so flattering. Despite being in the sale, this dress looks so much more expensive than it is. And, it also comes in chartreuse too.

Orange Mesh Long Frill Drape Strappy Maxi DressPrettyLittleThing

This is the PrettyLittleThing dress that went viral on TikTok. Also available to shop in a pretty pale pink (which is selling fast), this is the ultimate summer dress. It comes in a vibrant orange mesh material with a frill design and figure flattering fit.

Bandeau Frill Rose Maxi Mesh Dress in BlueEGO

This style of ruffle dress has been oh-so-popular, and this bandeau frill rose maxi mesh dress is a bestseller on EGO. It's no wonder that it's nearly sold out. Also available in white, the rose detail of this dress is seriously giving Y2K, and we couldn't be more on board.

Red Cold Shoulder Ruffle Detail Maxi DressPrettyLittleThing

We could definitely see this being one of Maya Jama Love Island outfits or is it just us? This off-the-shoulder number with cascading ruffles and a two-way split leg is a true showstopper. From PrettyLittleThing, we're loving the cold shoulder ruffle detail maxi dress that's the ultimate statement dress. Maya Jama who?

Floral Ruffle Asymmetic DressBoohoo
Price: £34 (was £38)

Ideal for your wedding guest outfit, the ruffle asymmetric dress from Boohoo is made from airy chiffon fabric and features a romantic floral print. The placement of the ruffles is feminine and flattering, while the asymmetric shoulder is a gorgeous bit of added detail. An insta-worthy dress.

Urban Bliss Light Green Ruffle Tiered Maxi DressNew Look

We've noticed that this colour has been everywhere this season. Pair it with ruffles and you're onto a winner. This Urban Bliss ruffle tiered maxi dress from New Look could be the dress of the summer. In a refreshing burst of green, it's definitely a dress that will get plenty of attention in the best way.

Black Chiffon Frill Trim Detail Backless Midaxi DressPrettyLittleThing

Another one we could see on Maya Jama, this cut out dress is feminine meets edge. Technically, it's not quite a maxi but a midaxi. The chiffon frill trim detail dress features flirty ruffle details with a sexy backless design. One for a night out or for your next holiday abroad, it's one you'll definitely get your wear out of.

Plunge Ruffle Detail Maxi DressBoohoo
Price: £25 (was £28)

A low plunge neckline and ruffle details on this maxi dress make it the perfect summer outfit staple. Style it with a pair of sunnies, sandals and a basket bag for a casual everyday look. Or, dress up with a pair of statement heels and a clutch bag if you've got an event to go to. It also comes in ivory.

Run The World Red Plunge Ruffle Maxi DressClub L London

Okay, so these next few options may be a little 'spenny but a girl can dream, right? If you're looking to treat yourself to a stunning new dress, the Run The World plunge ruffle maxi dress from Club L is the dress_._ It comes in a few colours which all feature cross-back straps, thigh-high split and flirty ruffles. Femme fatale or what?

Pixie Ruffle Mesh Maxi DressSelfridges

Don't mind us, we're just in love with House of CB's Pixie ruffle mesh maxi dress. It truly is the dress of the moment, from everything to the colour down to the ruffles. We're equally obsessed with it in olive, and House of CB has plenty of stunning ruffle dresses for your next classy affair.

Piper Ruffle Maxi DressPretty Lavish

Another popular choice from Pretty Lavish that we couldn't help but include. With plenty of fab colour options to choose from, their Piper ruffle maxi dress has been seen everywhere. Pretty Lavish also has loads of other ruffle dresses to shop, including some gorg one-of-a-kind floral numbers that'd be ideal for a wedding or christening.

How to wear a ruffle dress?

Honestly, you can't go wrong with a dress like this. Whether it's a mini or maxi, there's no doubt you'll look unreal in one of these. A mini ruffle dress is ideal for a night out with your girls or for date night. Whereas a maxi ruffle dress is most often worn for an occasion as a wedding guest outfit, christening outfit or an evening outfit on a holiday abroad.

There's no question about it, the best way to style is with your favourite pair of heels. Our favourite way to style is with a pair of neutral Block Heel Sandals and Cross Body Bag to match. Alternatively, if you're colour-blocking, pick a bright colour that either compliments or opposes your dress, and choose shoes and accessories that match.

Looking for a more casual vibe? Sandals are the way to go. These dresses are a summery outfit staple so sandals are the perfect shoe to pair it with if you're not the biggest fan of heels. You might even want to add a beaded bag to bring in some summer colours.

Samantha 'Sam' Price is a Beauty, Fashion & Wellness Products Writer at heat magazine. In 2021, Sam began her journey as a Storytelling Executive at Closer and heatworld on an internship, creating beauty and fashion content across these brands. It was 2022 when Sam was employed as a Commercial Content Writer writing about Family Life on Yours, Mother & Baby and Spirit & Destiny. Now, she specialises in beauty, fashion and wellness content across many brands.

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