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The scorching hot days of summer call for light and breezy outfits that don’t constrain your body—and look beautiful, too. Maxi dresses check both categories. There is also something incredibly dreamy about them that goes so well with the summer season.
This flattering wardrobe staple that comes in countless styles and fabrics is a life-saver when you need a pretty ensemble whether it’s for a wedding or Sunday brunch.
A maxi dress in a comfortable cotton is our go-to option for casual events or dinner. Bonus points if it comes in a fun and vibrant print, because if you don’t wear those in the summertime, when would you?! And those in cotton, linen, and rayon are the perfect resort and beach pieces.
And since we mentioned style, flared maxis are our favorite daytime and travel option because of their loose fit. If you are heading to lunch in the city, simply style them with a leather belt and wedges for a cute outfit.
Here, we rounded up the most beautiful maxi dresses in a variety of prints and colors that you can wear to any occasion this summer.
Agua by Agua Bendita Pomelo Floral-Printed Linen Maxi Dress
Prairie chic is all the rage right now and this gorgeous dress, with its square neckline and puffy short sleeves, definitely oozes some serious Victorian era vibes. It is made from breezy linen in an all-over floral-inspired print and features beautiful stitching details at the waist.
To buy: $620, modaoperandi.com
Loup Charmant Maxi Slip Shoulder-Tie Organic-Cotton Dress
Whether you are beach- or brunch-bound, this bold minimalist dress will help you make a fashion statement while keeping you breezy and comfortable. It is cut from organic cotton in New York City and features a pair of adjustable self-tie shoulder straps that add a romantic vibe to the dress.
To buy: $190, matchesfashion.com
Alexis Zofia Printed Crepe Maxi Dress
This is the dreamiest floral maxi dress that’s also super functional—you can wear to a casual summer get-together or dress it up for date night. The A-line silhouette, square neckline, and pleated skirt ooze timeless elegance while the allover floral print makes it stand out. Pair it with a raffia bucket bag and your favorite pair of drop earrings for a gorgeous look.
To buy: $725, modaoperandi.com
Intermix Noelle Tiered Maxi Dress
Summer is the perfect time of the year to don bold colors and this beautiful hot pink dress definitely fits the bill. It has adjustable straps, a side zip closure, and a feminine V-neck silhouette. It is made from a lustrous viscose/silk blend that makes it a great option for more formal events, too. Style it with a pair of turquoise earrings for an elegant color block-inspired look.
To buy: $328, intermixonline.com
Cult Gaia Lucinda Tiered Silk Dress
This silk maxi is sheer perfection (both literally and figuratively). Pack it for your next beach getaway as a stylish cover-up option. It has a beautiful halter-neck tiered silhouette and features ties on the side.
To buy: $628, intermixonline.com
Poupette St Barth Rachel Floral Maxi Dress
The designer behind Poupette St Barth, Monique Giraud, fell in love with the scenic Caribbean island and established her boho-chic brand there taking inspiration from its laid-back lifestyle and breathtaking vistas. Her resort pieces, including this floral number, are a must-have for every beach getaway that requires you to pack a few comfortable yet elegant options.
To buy: $370, intermixonline.com
Nicholas Kerala Tiered Poplin Maxi Dress
This classic A-line tiered dress comes in a beautiful eye-catching light neon green shade. It features adjustable straps, fitted waist, and a feminine, tiered A-line skirt. Accessorize it with a belt and drop earrings or a necklace for the perfect summer outfit.
To buy: $289, intermixonline.com
Lisa Marie Fernandez Rosetta Belted Linen Maxi Dress
Not only is this belted Lisa Marie Fernandez number the epitome of elegance but it’s also made from lightweight and breathable linen that will keep you comfortable all day long. In fact, Meghan Markle wore the same dress in a different shade of green to a polo game in Britain (the Duchess of Sussex opted out of the belt) giving it the royal stamp of approval.
To buy: $595, net-a-porter.com
The Row Howard Silk Maxi Dress
Hot summer days call for comfortable wardrobe choices. This The Row maxi dress is cut from luxurious silk and sports a loose silhouette—it is the quintessential laid-back piece that can also be dressed up.
To buy: $2,650, saksfifthavenue.com
Kalita Asri Tiered Maxi Dress
Whoever says “eveningwear” and “comfortable” don’t go in the same sentence has clearly not seen this beautiful tiered maxi dress by Kalita. The satin silk construction in combination with the boho-chic loose silhouette makes for an elegant yet comfy fashion option. Another bonus? The dress has a sexy low back.
To buy: $927, matchesfashion.com
Zimmermann Empire Floral Cotton Maxi Dress
This gorgeous maxi will certainly add some tropical vibes to your wardrobe. We love the tiered construction and the adjustable grosgrain ribbons at the shoulders. Wear it with a pair of comfy flats for a comfy (and seriously chic) ensemble.
To buy: $640, intermixonline.com
Staud Demi Maxi Dress
This crisp white maxi dress sports neon trims for a pop of color. It features three-quarter puff sleeves—perfect for those breezy summer evenings—and a tiered skirt. Accessorize it with a pair of ocean-inspired statement earrings and your date night look is ready.
To buy: $345, saksfifthavenue.com
A.L.C. Jordyn Poplin Button-Down Midi Dress
This dress will surely brighten up your summer wardrobe. It has a flattering V-neck A-line silhouette and because it’s made from cotton, it will keep your body cool even during the warmest of summer days.
To buy: $495, intermixonlie.com