The Maxi Dress is a simple, yet understated masterpiece. After spending a summer in Europe, one becomes much more attune to the inferiority of American women’s’ wardrobe. Clashing colors and utter disregard for textures, fads that are in as fast as they are out, cliche knockoffs and such. Ask a Spanish lady on the streets of Barcelona what sets her type apart from Americanas, and she might say “vestido largo,” or the Maxi Dress. The purest form of European fashion femme: irrefutably sexy, yet meek and modest.
1) Lulu’s Neva Navy Blue Floral Print Off-the-Shoulder Maxi Dress for $59
Hues of pink, green and blue floral patterns overlay a sheer chiffon on this dress. The off-the-shoulder neckline offers just enough room to elongate the neck and highlight the collar bone. An elastic waistline hugs curves while offering ultimate comfort. Between the material and flexibility of this dress, it would take some convincing to ever take it off. Complete the look with touches of silver and strappy sandals.
2) ASOS Design Ruched Bodice Soft Cami Maxi Dress with Raw Edge Detail for $42.50
Strappy back. Ruffled front. Layered bottom. Say no more. This classic Maxi Dress can be dressed up nicely with a pair of espadrilles, or “heels for the beach.” The natural, burnt orange tone goes great with a tan. Throw your hair up in an up-doe and go easy on the makeup for the garden goddess look.
3) Lascana Sleveless Maxi Dress for $59
A nice black dress is a guilt-free purchase. It is classy enough for cocktail hour, yet versatile enough for the after-party. The decorative spiral straps add some character to this simple piece. Arguably, there is nothing a sexy as strapless Maxi Dress with a sweetheart neckline. Except maybe a strapless Maxi Dress with a sweetheart neckline and a glass of champagne.
4) Boho Beach Hut Bohemian Split Maxi Dress for $39.95
Imagine this Maxi Dress set against cobbled roads or a sparkling ocean. There are two simple options to balance the maxi-dress look. Opt for a bright, busy dress paired with blander accessories (think solid colored purse, headband, shoes, and jewelry) or a one-tone dress elevated with some glitzier garments. This bohemian dress requires the first.
5) Bohemian Wrap Maxi Dress Burgundy for $74.95
Worn with a silver embellished belt and a pair of western boots, and this Lucent Maxi-dress is ready for a Coachella debut. The slit perfectly extenuates legs, but can easily be positioned to offer full protection from the sun. The lightweight material is optimal for warm weather, making this dress the easy choice for any summer day.
6) Split V-Neck Floor-Length Long Sleeve Spring Women’s Dress for $54.36
This black maxi-dress falls elegantly from the cinched waist. Flattering bell sleeves and a deep V neckline make for a sultry style. The rich color and smooth texture allow room for embellishments, like layered necklaces or hoop earrings. Carry a clutch or an cross body purse to complete the look.
7) Bohemian Babe Rebecca Dress for $89.95
This is definitely a tempting look for the want-to-be bohemian bride. The flowy, white lace and plunge neckline are understated, yet eloquent. A sheer embroidered underlay gives a glimpse of leg. Walk barefoot on the beach in this Maxi Dress and feel like a nautical princess.
8) New Gia Maxi Dress In Olive for $59.99
This dress achieves more of a casual look, while maintaining all the allure of the Maxi Dress. The handkerchief hem is atypical for a Maxi Dress dress, but it works with the ruched shoulder seams on this one. Adjustable ties at the shoulders allow for a customized fit. The smoky olive green color glows in natural light. Spend the day on the sand or in the city with this high-low cut.
9) Rosalia Striped Halter Dress for $72.00
Backless is not for everyone, but this sleeveless halter dress might change minds. Flirty and chic, this dress can be worn so many ways; whether it’s with platform sandals, lace up gladiators, or suede ankle boots. A denim jacket can be added in cooler weather. Pick between a variety of colors, from paprika to rose petal.
10) Sugar Plum Striped Maxi Dress for $68
Want to make a statement? Here is the dress for it. Rainbow stripes are a big move, but this veil-like fabric relaxes the colors. Adjustable criss-cross spaghetti straps give some flexibility for length. Own the whimsical fairy-like look by adding a clutch and clear heels or opt for flats to keep it low-key.
11) Tamarindo Amarindo Metallic Tye Dye Maxi Dress for $57.40
Tye-dye might have had a bad reputation in second grade, but it is coming back in hot. The Tamarindo Metallic Tie Dye Maxi Dress is all the right colors: mocha, cream, and mauve (they literally sound edible and delicious). The metallic gold threading gives a shimmer affect to the printed base. Complete the look with some bronze jewelry. It’s a summer festival must-have.
12) When the Moon’s Out Satin Maxi Dress for $21
There is nothing like satin. It just falls in all the right place. This fitted When the Moon’s Out Maxi Dress is not for the beach, but will have all eyes on it at any dress-up event. The tangerine orange and emerald green give the skin a shiny glow. Slits at the side leave room for curiosity. Wear a pair of black heels and go collect the compliments.
13) Bohemian Rainbow Tiered Maxi Dress on Sale for $89.95
There is something so satisfying about a gradient ombre on a Maxi Dress like this. The ruffles add dimension. The button-down fixture is perfect for underneath bikini wear. A straw bag and hat would accompany it beautifully. Imagine spinning on the dance-floor next to the margarita bar in this. A girl can dream.
14) Women’s Casual Bohemian Sexy Backless Sleeveless Deep V-Neck Halter Summer Beach Maxi Long Dress for $10.79
The fact that this halter dress could probably be purchased with loose coins in the bottom of a purse should be reason enough to buy it. It might be a steal, but it won’t gyp you on style: finding a dress in this creamy color with a low, angular cut is a rarity. Warning: this is for the girls who want to go braless, or have a friendly relationship with their sticky bra.
15) Sleepless in Seattle Maxi Dress Red for $86.00
There is no sleeping in this spicy, fiery red Maxi Dress. The details are impressive; crystal-like, hanging sequins, drawstrings that tie up around the waist, and an invisible back zip with a a metal clasp. Rock a deep rep lip and gold hoops to pull it together. Don’t expect to go under the radar wearing this.