From beach dresses to ball gowns, the maxi dress is an elegant and classy choice for every occasion. These long dresses are figure-flattering and much coveted by designers and celebrities alike and will see you through the ever changing British weather. At London Fashion Week, Kate Middleton's much-loved label Issa ruled with bright flowing maxi dresses and Matthew Williamson and D&G offered plenty to this season's 70s trend with floral >maxi dresses and long ruched maxi skirts. High street brands like Topshop are always quick to pick up a hippie-inspired trend and the maxi dress and in particular the maxi skirt are no different, with retro prints and our favourite slinky black maxis featuring in their stores and at Topshop Unique. Team your black maxi dresswith the statement earrings, frilly hems and chunky shoes that are in abundance in the fashion world right now. However, Team LBD's current new love affair is with an understated black evening maxi dress, as showcased by Heidi Klum at QVC's Fashion's Night Out in New York during New York Fashion Week. We love Heidi's simple, chic look with vertical silver stripes, which elongate this leg-lengthening style even more. 70s glam is huge this Autumn/ Winter, and a fabulous floor-skimming gown is the perfect way to wear this trend. Like Heidi, do invest in a fantastic black maxi designer dress that you will wear again and again. Want a wider wardrobe of maxi styles? Check out stores like Coastand Monsoonfor long-length and long-lasting pieces.