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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 luxurious silk is our go-to option for formal 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.
Sézane Annie Cotton Dress in Yellow
Comfortable dresses can be chic, too. This boho-inspired number has a scalloped hem and straps that tie at the shoulders, but it’s the vibrant yellow hue we can't get enough of.
To buy: $210, sezane.com
Amour Vert Hanne Silk Maxi Dress
Need something to wear to a wedding or another formal event this summer? This floral-inspired dress is equal parts fun (thanks to that vibrant print) and stylish. The wrap silhouette guarantees a flattering fit and the Mulberry silk fabric will keep you cool during the hot summer days.
To buy: $258, amourvert.com
Vanessa Bruno Lettie Silk Dress
French designer Vanessa Bruno has a penchant for vintage aesthetics and this dress fully reflects that. The striped print is inspired by the 70s, while the plunging V-neckline and loose sleeves bring it back to modern day. Style it with a leather belt and pair of pretty flat sandals for a stylish daytime look.
To buy: $810, 24sevres.com
Jour/Né Tie-dye Long Silk Dress
The tie-dye trend is back in full force thanks to designers like Prada, Proenza Schouler, and Stella McCartney who embraced it in their spring/summer 2019 runway shows. This time, though, it’s done in a modern way (no 80s neon hues!) This gorgeous spaghetti strap dress may don a simple and classic loose silhouette but the psychedelic print makes it stand out.
To buy: $495, 24sevres.com
Poupette St. Barth Tamara Floral Dress
Designer Poupette Giraud launched her company on the French island of St. Barth almost 20 years ago so it’s only natural that her creations are the epitome of resort chic and the French joie de vivre. This cute lilac-printed frock has vacation written all over it.
To buy: $295, shopbop.com
Mirth Rio Dress in Grenadine
How gorgeous is this dress?! The fabric (100 percent cotton) is handloomed in India and it features subtle stripes that give it a bit of texture. The adjustable straps also sport cute tassels in the back. Wear it with a belt for a more structured look.
To buy: $325, mirthcaftans.com
Hellesy Rosie Dress
Be the most elegant wedding guest in this Hellessy number that features, adjustable straps, a cute ruffled bust, and a fluted hem.
To buy: $1,190, intermixonline.com
Derek Lam 10 Crosby Rainbow Stripe Ruffle Cami Dress
Elegant and playful, this chiffon camisole dress cuts a flattering A-line silhouette and has adjustable shoulder straps.
To buy: $625, dereklam.com
Boss Dewitty Maxi Dress
If you’re a fan of minimalist no-frills design, then this dress was made for you. Its simple, sleeveless silhouette renders it an absolute summer essential that can be dressed up and down.
To buy: $895, nordstrom.com
Dolan Nellie Embroidered Maxi Dress
We’d buy this boho-inspired dress for the gorgeous dusty rose shade. And we’d style it with sandals and a wide-brim hat for the ultimate dreamy (Instagram-ready) summer outfit.
To buy: $328, shopdolan.com