This is my favourite Anthropologie dress — here's why you need it for summer

The Somerset Maxi Dress is Anthropologie's
The Somerset Maxi Dress is Anthropologie's "best-reviewed" dress.

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Anthropologie has become a go-to place to find feminine, bohemian-inspired clothing and accessories that cause everyone you come across to ask, "Where did you get that?"

While there are thousands of items available online, there's one dress that's risen in the ranks to earn the title of Anthropologie's "best-reviewed dress ever": The Somerset Maxi Dress.

The Somerset Maxi Dress in Magenta

The Somerset Maxi Dress - Anthropologie
The Somerset Maxi Dress - Anthropologie

$170 at Anthropologie

The details

Anthropologie has dubbed the Somerset Maxi Dress the dress equivalent of the "Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants" thanks to it's flattering V-neck design, roomy smocked waist and the fact that it's machine washable (yes, really).

The Somerset Maxi is so popular that there were more than 16,000 Anthropologie shoppers eye-ing the dress, which explains why it's constantly selling out.

Last month, I chose the Somerset Maxi Dress in Ivory to wear to my baby shower. The delicate blue and white print dress was the perfect choice to accommodate my growing baby bump and will undoubtedly become a go-to for my postpartum wardrobe.

The dress is currently available in petite, regular and plus sizes in a variety of fun and feminine patterns to suit your personal style. For those who don't love a print, the Somerset Maxi is available in a vast array of solid shades. The Somerset collection also includes mini dresses and varying lengths of skirts if you aren't a fan of the maxi style.

The Somerset Maxi Dress in Turquoise

The Somerset Maxi - Anthropologie
The Somerset Maxi - Anthropologie

$170 at Anthropologie

What people are saying

Anthropologie’s Somerset Dress has earned rave reviews from shoppers. The look was so popular it spawned variations like the solid print version of the dress in a polyester, viscose fabric.

The Somerset Maxi’s “beautiful silky fabric” received praise from shoppers who have called it “perfect for any special occasion.”

“This dress is perfect for upcoming warm summer days and nights,” a shopper said, adding that the dress is “super lightweight” and “flattering.”

Other shoppers have said that they love the solid version because it’s made of a polyester instead of a “stiff” cotton.

"The fabric falls beautifully and isn’t too heavy or puffy," another shopper said. "The sleeves don’t look silly and my round belly shape is not accentuated."

The Somerset Maxi Dress in Mango

The Somerset Maxi Dress in Mango- Anthropologie
The Somerset Maxi Dress in Mango- Anthropologie

$170 at Anthropologie

"The Somerset dress is the gift that keeps on giving! A perfect style that will look great on all body types, I bought this in the red and the colour is absolutely stunning," one person wrote. This is also the dress that will get you through those summer weddings and one you can dress down by throwing on a pair of flats."

While there are plenty of positive reviews, some shoppers have said that the bust wasn't flattering for them — particularly if you're small chested. Other shoppers with larger busts have said that the top was "too tight" which means you'll definitely want to follow the site's size guide to ensure you have a fit that you're comfortable with.


It's easy to see why the Somerset Maxi Dress keeps selling out at Anthropologie. Not only is it beautiful and feminine but it's flattering for most body types and easy to take care of without opting for dry cleaning.

If you're looking for a colourful and versatile look for spring or summer, this dress might be for you. However, it's best to follow the size guide and ensure that you're ordering something that will fit and help you feel confident.

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