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Cute maxi dresses to amp up your summer look

Rocking a sexy but easy-to-throw-together look can be simple in the summer months, especially if you have a few flirty maxi dresses hanging in your closet!

The scorching-hot, 120-degree heat of Indio, California, calls for a different kind of wardrobe palate that goes beyond the usual summer style suspects. The sheer nature of an art fest invites expressionism of all shapes, sizes, colours and fabrics while exposing the barest of skin to withstand the desert sun’s rays.

Designer and style expert Jamie Lawson breaks it down to “TBS — temperature, baggage and shoes,” advising fans to “stick to breathable fabrics, choose lightweight crossbody bags, and wear comfortable shoes that keep your feet blister free.”

Calvin Klein maxi dress

Simple black and white

True, many maxi dresses available during the summer come in bold, bright shades. But if you’re a fan of more neutral tones and simple patterns, that doesn’t mean you have to miss out. In fact, black-and-white is an excellent trend to rock this season. This chevron-stripe Calvin Klein maxi dress (, $118) is a simple yet sophisticated way to sport the look in the shades you love.

Suzi Chin sleeveless print maxi dress

Perfect plus sizes

Maxi dresses are a great look for women of all shapes and sizes. Whether you’re rocking curves or showing off your baby bump, you’re sure to find a maxi dress that will have you feeling comfortable and sexy. The pleated front, vibrant colours and cinched waist of this sleeveless print maxi dress (, $203), for instance, will help curvy ladies achieve a flirty summer look and a gorgeous hourglass shape.

Mango Touch scarf print gown

Vibrant prints

With the drab days of winter out of the picture, you can finally get your colour on! And plenty of vibrant hues and playful prints are out there to choose from. This scarf-print gown (, $130), for example, is alive with glamorous, cool tones for an absolutely radiant effect. Or if warm colours are more your thing, check out this strapless print gown ( $120). With so many stunning prints to choose from, you’re sure to find one that’s just right for you.

Anthropologie ombre horizon dress

Trendy ombre

The ombre trend has been seen everywhere this season, from hair dyes to nail polishes. If you like the idea of ombre but have shied away from some of the more permanent beauty options, you’ll be happy to know that maxi dresses are rocking the trend too. This ombre horizon dress (, $178) might just be the perfect way for you to finally step out in this hot summer trend.

Suzi Chin crochet maxi dress

Peekaboo legs

Love the long, flowing look of maxi dresses but hate to hide away those gams you’ve worked so hard to tone up for the summer? Don’t worry — you can have the best of both worlds! Simply look for layered pieces, such as this crochet maxi dress (, $182), that have one opaque layer of fabric to mid-thigh or above the knee, covered by a layer of peekaboo fabric, such as lace or chiffon. It’s the perfect mix of classic elegance and leg-baring sexiness.

Zara long printed dress

Floral prints

No summer is complete without floral fashions in your wardrobe, and the casual, relaxed vibe of a maxi dress makes it perfectly suited to a colourful floral pattern. This long print dress (, $90), for example, has a cheery tone and laid-back cut, so it’s an ideal outfit for an easy summer stroll. Pair it with sandals and your favourite clutch or crossbody satchel for a stylish look that can be thrown together in moments.

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