Maxi dresses are among our favorite kinds of clothing, no matter the time of year. We busted out fall maxi dresses come autumn, winter maxi dresses come the end of the year, and now we’re onto a more conventional iteration of the trend: spring maxi dresses. Because spring is officially here—and nothing promises to keep us looking great and feeling weather-appropriate quite like spring maxi dresses.
Though many of us chalk spring up to be some kind of idyllic, vacation-filled, warm-weather experience, the truth of the season is that it’s all about transition. Things are starting to warm up, but we haven’t hit full heat and humidity yet. This is disappointing, in some ways, as many of us expect to spend all of springtime outdoors, basking in the sunlight in the park, or at the beach, or in some other hot AF location. But it’s also exciting, because we’re not yet forced to deal with the sticky sweat of summer—or the rays beating down on us so strongly that we can’t resist running inside for a breath of fresh AC. Spring is simultaneously invitingly warm and refreshingly breezy; some days, it’s hotter than we’d like, and some days, it’s a bit colder—but usually, it sits in that just-right middle-ground that makes everything in life seem a little easier.
Few items of clothing help us navigate this transitional season as successfully as spring maxi dresses. Because maxi dresses really encompass the best of what spring has to offer: They’re warm enough to keep you from freezing your tail off on a surprisingly low-temp evening, and they’re lightweight enough to feel breathable in even the most oppressive humidity imaginable. Like springtime, spring maxi dresses offer the best of both worlds—and while they’re at it, they’re also damn cute. Not sure what to wear today? Slip on your favorite spring maxi dress, and you’re set—comfy-chic style in no time.
Zara just released a studio collection full of absolutely dreamy maxi dresses—and we’re eyeing all of them.
Perfect for everything from brunch to beachside getaways.
Into the snake print trend? Why not wear it all over your body?
Spring’s patchwork trend has never looked so good.
A maxi that’ll render you a walking work of art.
Dressy enough to make you feel like a princess. Low-key enough to wear on the daily.
How many Zara maxi dresses is too many Zara maxi dresses? (Obviously not asking for a friend.)
This paisley maxi is all kinds of chic. End even better—it’s budget-friendly.
Yet another Zara maxi has made its way onto our wishlist.
A maxi that’s totally fit for office-wear.
Why not embrace spring’s tie-dye trend from head-to-toe?
More patchwork—because seriously, we can’t get enough.
Comfort and sex appeal are far from mutually exclusive.
A more structured take on the classic maxi—in case you’re not a huge fan of flowy silhouettes.
Perfect for date night, outdoor weddings and fancy beachside dinners.
I own this maxi (in royal blue), and it’s so comfy I could basically live in it. (It’s also not quite as lightweight as it appears—making it a great candidate for chilly spring days.)
Long-sleeve maxi dresses are officially the move this spring.
Love a good T-shirt dress—especially one with ever-so-unexpected detailing.
Perfect for dressing up or down as you see fit—also versatile enough to work during any season.
A (slightly) minimalist take on the prairie dress movement.
Can’t make it to the beach? Throw this on and experience the vicarious vacation of your wildest dreams.
Fit for any occasion.
Genuinely obsessed with these bright colors and this stunning print.
Because nothing says springy like a bright spring-green punctuated with white polka dots.
Your favorite shift dress got the maxi treatment.
A classic spring silhouette—sure to play well with combat boots and sandals, alike.
The short underskirt keeps things feeling spring-friendly, while the longer overskirt is sure to keep you warm no matter how chilly the season’s nights get.
Even the ever-trendy slip dress has been rendered with a maxi hemline.
Velvet-and-sheer fabric captures the cool-to-warm transition spring is all about.
Obsessed with this, and quite confident you could wear it anywhere.
A maxi you can throw under a cardigan now—and layer over a swimsuit later.
The epitome of chic comfort.
Crochet is coming in hot this spring—and we’re ready for it.
Lightweight textiles with floor-length hemlines—that’s the motto.
Long enough to be considered a maxi. Short enough to still feel like spring.
So sexy you’ll be looking for excuses to wear it.
A ’70s print in a ’90s silhouette—yes, yes and more yes.
Sequins are totally on the sartorial menu.
A classic silhouette in a classic color—if you don’t already own this (or something like it), it’s probably time to stock up.
Prairie dress without feeling too prairie dress, this maxi is ready to fill a niche in a not-so-expected way.
Snakeskin is having a moment—and this snakeskin print maxi is a seriously delightful iteration of it.
Edgy enough to pair with your black cold-weather accessories—and bright enough to pair with your lighter, spring-facing ones.
All but guaranteed to make you happier the moment you slip it on.
Tie-dye promises to be everywhere this spring, and we’re shopping it in every format possible.
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A version of this story was originally published in March 2019.