Mad For Maxi Dresses

After a few seasons in hibernation, the maxi dress is back – with a vengeance. Floor-skimming frocks are one of this summer’s style staples and we’ve picked out a few we can’t wait to wear. From basic black to flirty and floral, we’re pretty confident you’re going to find your new favorite.

brightly striped racer back maxi dress

Striped racer back

Sleek and sexy, you’ll love this brightly striped racer back maxi dress with a scoop neck and fun, summer-ready colors (nordstrom.com, $158). We love the bold stripes and the body-hugging design of this cute maxi, and the racer back gives it a sporty vibe you don’t usually get from longer dresses.

cotton blend jersey maxi dress

Strapless sophistication

Stay cool and look elegant in this navy strapless cotton blend jersey maxi dress (net-a-porter.com, $110). Easy wearing and effortlessly chic, all this fashionable frock needs are some bold bangles and a clutch to match. Wear this versatile maxi everywhere – from the beach to evening cocktails.

silk, floral print maxi

Sexy silk

Everything about this silk, floral print maxi screams summer (anthropologie.com, $298). Large bright flowers (that look like they jumped directly from a watercolor painting) stand out on a white background and we especially love the geometric design of the adjustable black straps. Step things up a notch with espadrille wedges and statement earrings.

strapless drop waist maxi dress

Drop waist diva

We were impressed (OK, super-excited) when we spied this stunning strapless drop waist maxi dress featuring unique white patterned circles against a pretty purple background (calypsostbarth.com, $199). The simple but stylish frock can easily be taken from day to night and looks equally gorgeous with flats as it does heels.

black wrap jersey maxi dress

That’s a wrap

Create an elegant summer evening outfit with this black wrap jersey maxi dress (topshop.com, $50). Flattering, polished and versatile, wear this stylishly simple maxi with sky high platform sandals and metallic accessories. Perfect for both date night or a more casual summer wedding, you’re bound to get lots of use out of it.

white maxi dress

Lots of lace

We love the effortless elegance of this white maxi dress with a scoop neck and Swiss-dot lace skirt (shopbop.com, $187). Pair this chic piece with flat strappy sandals, an armload of thin silver bangles and a belt to add definition to the waist. Now you have a look that’s the epitome of sunny summer style.

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Comments on "Go long: The maxi dress revival"

Kate June 27, 2012 | 1:15 PM

Erica- I totally thought the same thing at first! But with the right shoes, accessories and style of dress a maxi can really be your best friend! You should definitely try one even if you are feeling a little hesitant.

Erica June 26, 2012 | 2:13 PM

I've never been into the maxi dress trend. I think some styles are really pretty, but generally I think they're kind of frumpy looking.

Hayden June 25, 2012 | 12:36 PM

These are all definitely worth investing in. Maxi Dresses will always be around, they are so comfy, versatile and chic! I have several that I love and wear on a regular basis and I definitely now have my eye on that striped racer-back dress from Nordy's.

Emma June 05, 2012 | 2:50 PM

I absolutely love maxi dresses! The ones chosen are gorgeous, a little pricey, but definitely worth the splurge for one! Maxi dresses can take you seamlessly from day to night wear, and can also span across seasons which I love!

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