The perfect style for the girl who needs an easy, chic outfit.
Maxi dresses are a summer necessity—they help make the best of even the slightest breeze during the most uncomfortable summer heat, and shade your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Breathable, airy fabrics are the key to keeping your cool while making a fashion statement.
Whether you’re zipping over to the grocery store or attending a beachside bash, maxi dresses are a simple way to pull an outfit together without doing too much work—think of them as a one-step ensemble. Most maxi styles can be dressed up or down: wear them with statement earrings for cocktails in the evening, or with a simple bag and straw hat for a relaxed weekend look. Pack one in your suitcase for all of your summer travels (you’ll be amazed at how little room they take up, and how much versatility they provide).
Mango Striped Long Dress
Black and white stripes always feel fresh, and this spaghetti-strapped number is no exception to the rule. Side slits allow a cool breeze to slip through, even on the most stiflingly hot day. Slip this one on with some strappy sandals and an oversized tote for an easy summer look.
To buy: For a similar product: $150; net-a-porter.com.
T By Alexander Wang Jersey Maxi Dress
Designed to hug all of your curves, this maxi will feel like your favorite T-shirt, but in dress form. Throw on a denim jacket and your go-to pair of sunglasses for a day of errands, or try the lightweight dress with a moto jacket and heels for a night out.
To buy: $60; theoutnet.com.
Diane von Furstenberg Striped Maxi Dress
Got a busy social calendar this season (yes, weekend brunch totally counts)? Vibrant colors are sure to make you stand out from the crowd all while pulling off a completely effortless look. Consider this your summer statement dress for a multitude of occasions, from bridal showers to that European vacation you’ve been waiting all year for.
To buy: $250; net-a-porter.com.
Gap Mix-Print Sleeveless Maxi Dress
Whether you are actually traveling abroad or just walking to the coffee shop down the street, you’ll feel like you’re strolling through a Parisian market in this dress. Wear it with leather sandals and a simple crossbody bag to conquer whatever the day throws your way. Also available in blue and red.
To buy: From $40; gap.com.
Lacoste Buttoned Long Polo Dress
Love Lacoste’s classic polo shirts? Try this dress version on for size—you get all the comfort of their signature tops, combined with the ease of pulling on a dress (no outfit-making required). Sport this with your favorite sneakers for a cool, laidback look that’s just right for a day of errands or lunch with friends.
To buy: $215; lacoste.com.
Land’s End Sleeveless Fit and Flare Maxi Dress
A fit-and-flare silhouette creates a universally flattering look—it nips in at all the right places and doesn’t cling anywhere you don’t want it to. This dress also features both horizontal and vertical stripes to add intrigue, cinch the waist, and distract from any areas you may prefer go unnoticed.
To buy: $45; landsend.com.