Sexy Summer Maxi Dresses Worth Slipping Into for Your Next Date Night

Lindsey Lanquist
Sexy Summer Maxi Dresses Worth Slipping Into for Your Next Date Night
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Too often, we associate sex appeal with sheer textiles, tight-fitting silhouettes and short hemlines. These things can, of course, be incredibly sexy—and they often are. But this myopic definition of “hot” misses some of the nuance involved in seduction. Sometimes, things left unsaid are hotter than phrases uttered. Questions are more fun to explore when they’re only partially answered. Suggestion invites our minds to wander into dreams, into best case scenarios, into fantasy. So, too, do sexy summer maxi dresses.

Anyone who’s slipped into a maxi dress knows the slinky silhouette has a way of appearing rather unassuming—then clinging to the curves of your body just so every time you take a step. Slits afford glimpses of leg, but only when you’re walking; low-cut backs are only visible when you turn around. When you step into something Obviously Hot, sexy details are put on full display. There’s no surprise—no reveal. Maxi dresses are all innuendo. The magic unfolds, little by little, as the wearer lives, breathes, laughs, dances.

And that’s perhaps the most beautiful part of maxi dresses: They embolden their wearer to feel fully embodied. There is no posing this way to avoid an unflattering this or a less-than-ideal that. There’s no hesitation in bending over for fear of flashing everyone in the room. There’s no eyeing what you’re eating to avoid bloat, no uncomfortably unbuttoning a too-tight waist. There is simply fabric cascading around you, inviting you to be fully and comfortably yourself. And that’s perhaps even sexier than any amount of suggestion—and it’s certainly hotter than any short hemline.

STYLECASTER | Sexy Summer Maxi Dresses Worth Sporting on Your Next Date Night

A subtler approach to florals fabric.

STYLECASTER | Sexy Summer Maxi Dresses Worth Sporting on Your Next Date Night

A slip dress, rendered in maxi form.

STYLECASTER | Sexy Summer Maxi Dresses Worth Sporting on Your Next Date Night

Further proof coverage and sex appeal are far from mutually exclusive.

STYLECASTER | Sexy Summer Maxi Dresses Worth Sporting on Your Next Date Night

Because the Long Black Dress is as necessary at the Little one.

STYLECASTER | Sexy Summer Maxi Dresses Worth Sporting on Your Next Date Night

Who knew stripes could skew so sexy?

STYLECASTER | Sexy Summer Maxi Dresses Worth Sporting on Your Next Date Night

Puffy sleeves, fitted bodice—can’t lose.

STYLECASTER | Sexy Summer Maxi Dresses Worth Sporting on Your Next Date Night

A decidedly fresh take on the enduring slip dress trend.

STYLECASTER | Sexy Summer Maxi Dresses Worth Sporting on Your Next Date Night

Hard to argue with the classic deep-V neckline.

STYLECASTER | Sexy Summer Maxi Dresses Worth Sporting on Your Next Date Night

A dress that makes the most of summer’s (incredibly sexy) crochet trend.

STYLECASTER | Sexy Summer Maxi Dresses Worth Sporting on Your Next Date Night

Off-the-shoulder necklines continue to endure for a reason.

STYLECASTER | Sexy Summer Maxi Dresses Worth Sporting on Your Next Date Night

A maxi that’ll take you from the beach to a 5-star, oceanfront dinner.

STYLECASTER | Sexy Summer Maxi Dresses Worth Sporting on Your Next Date Night

Worth integrating into your wedding season rotation, stat.

STYLECASTER | Sexy Summer Maxi Dresses Worth Sporting on Your Next Date Night

For the fan of florals and the lover of all-black-everything.

STYLECASTER | Sexy Summer Maxi Dresses Worth Sporting on Your Next Date Night

The extra strap invites the eye straight toward the neckline.

STYLECASTER | Sexy Summer Maxi Dresses Worth Sporting on Your Next Date Night

An endlessly trendy silhouette rendered in an oh-so out-of-the-box print.

STYLECASTER | Sexy Summer Maxi Dresses Worth Sporting on Your Next Date Night

A no-fail addition to any wardrobe, no matter the season.

STYLECASTER | Sexy Summer Maxi Dresses Worth Sporting on Your Next Date Night

Because snake print’s reign is far from over.

STYLECASTER | Sexy Summer Maxi Dresses Worth Sporting on Your Next Date Night

Fodder for your next vacation. And your next date night.

STYLECASTER | Sexy Summer Maxi Dresses Worth Sporting on Your Next Date Night

So versatile it could take you anywhere this summer.

STYLECASTER | Sexy Summer Maxi Dresses Worth Sporting on Your Next Date Night

A less-than-obvious color combination sure to turn heads.

STYLECASTER | Sexy Summer Maxi Dresses Worth Sporting on Your Next Date Night

Ruffles rendered in slinky satin? Yes, please.

STYLECASTER | Sexy Summer Maxi Dresses Worth Sporting on Your Next Date Night

A dress that fully understands the value of a little frill.

STYLECASTER | Sexy Summer Maxi Dresses Worth Sporting on Your Next Date Night

A silhouette that transcends seasonality—and trend cycles.

STYLECASTER | Sexy Summer Maxi Dresses Worth Sporting on Your Next Date Night

Turn heads.

STYLECASTER | Sexy Summer Maxi Dresses Worth Sporting on Your Next Date Night

Fit for the fanciest events on your calendar.

STYLECASTER | Sexy Summer Maxi Dresses Worth Sporting on Your Next Date Night

A day-to-night dress if we’ve ever laid eyes on one.

STYLECASTER | Sexy Summer Maxi Dresses Worth Sporting on Your Next Date Night

Texture on texture.

STYLECASTER | Sexy Summer Maxi Dresses Worth Sporting on Your Next Date Night

Silk is always a good idea.

STYLECASTER | Sexy Summer Maxi Dresses Worth Sporting on Your Next Date Night

Because the tropical print trend’s reign is far from over.

STYLECASTER | Sexy Summer Maxi Dresses Worth Sporting on Your Next Date Night

Seated at the intersection of cute and sexy.

STYLECASTER | Sexy Summer Maxi Dresses Worth Sporting on Your Next Date Night

A maxi crafted with the fan of button-downs in mind.

STYLECASTER | Sexy Summer Maxi Dresses Worth Sporting on Your Next Date Night

A summer maxi worth wearing well into fall.

STYLECASTER | Sexy Summer Maxi Dresses Worth Sporting on Your Next Date Night

Slip dress-inspired, without skewing too on-the-nose.

STYLECASTER | Sexy Summer Maxi Dresses Worth Sporting on Your Next Date Night

A simple silhouette dripping with sophisticated-sexy appeal.

STYLECASTER | Sexy Summer Maxi Dresses Worth Sporting on Your Next Date Night

What affordable-luxe dreams are made of.

STYLECASTER | Sexy Summer Maxi Dresses Worth Sporting on Your Next Date Night

Zebra stripes are a surprising choice, sure to make as much of a punch as any other animal print.

STYLECASTER | Sexy Summer Maxi Dresses Worth Sporting on Your Next Date Night

Who said polka dots couldn’t be sexy?

STYLECASTER | Sexy Summer Maxi Dresses Worth Sporting on Your Next Date Night

A mini and a maxi, all in one.

STYLECASTER | Sexy Summer Maxi Dresses Worth Sporting on Your Next Date Night

Vibrant palettes always get an emphatic yes from us.

STYLECASTER | Sexy Summer Maxi Dresses Worth Sporting on Your Next Date Night

A sexy silhouette that looks incredibly comfortable? Sign. Us. Up.

STYLECASTER | Sexy Summer Maxi Dresses Worth Sporting on Your Next Date Night

Sure to play as well with a sleek updo and red lip as it will with a side braid and sandals.

STYLECASTER | Sexy Summer Maxi Dresses Worth Sporting on Your Next Date Night

Michelin star restaurant? Let’s go.

STYLECASTER | Sexy Summer Maxi Dresses Worth Sporting on Your Next Date Night

Proof shapeless can absolutely be sexy.

STYLECASTER | Sexy Summer Maxi Dresses Worth Sporting on Your Next Date Night

A no-fail, figure-flattering option worth integrating into your wardrobe, stat.

STYLECASTER | Sexy Summer Maxi Dresses Worth Sporting on Your Next Date Night

Versatile enough to take you from a semi-fancy dinner to a decidedly fancy gala.

STYLECASTER | Sexy Summer Maxi Dresses Worth Sporting on Your Next Date Night

Sexy enough for date night. Nice enough for the office.

STYLECASTER | Sexy Summer Maxi Dresses Worth Sporting on Your Next Date Night

Halter necklines don’t get enough love these days.

STYLECASTER | Sexy Summer Maxi Dresses Worth Sporting on Your Next Date Night

Because even casual date nights warrant comfy dresses.

STYLECASTER | Sexy Summer Maxi Dresses Worth Sporting on Your Next Date Night

Never underestimate the sheer sex appeal of a spaghetti strap.

STYLECASTER | Sexy Summer Maxi Dresses Worth Sporting on Your Next Date Night

That neckline.

STYLECASTER | Sexy Summer Maxi Dresses Worth Sporting on Your Next Date Night

Animal prints are a classic in the sexy-sphere for a reason.

STYLECASTER | Sexy Summer Maxi Dresses Worth Sporting on Your Next Date Night

Sleek. Sophisticated. Sexy.

STYLECASTER | Sexy Summer Maxi Dresses Worth Sporting on Your Next Date Night

Can’t you just picture yourself hitting the dance floor in this?

STYLECASTER | Sexy Summer Maxi Dresses Worth Sporting on Your Next Date Night

A decidedly sexy color that oft goes overlooked.

STYLECASTER | Sexy Summer Maxi Dresses Worth Sporting on Your Next Date Night

OK, if you have an excuse to wear something like this, do it.

STYLECASTER | Sexy Summer Maxi Dresses Worth Sporting on Your Next Date Night

A blank canvas for your favorite statement jewelry.

STYLECASTER | Sexy Summer Maxi Dresses Worth Sporting on Your Next Date Night

Sleek—and on-trend.

STYLECASTER | Sexy Summer Maxi Dresses Worth Sporting on Your Next Date Night

Because color is fun. And fun is sexy.

STYLECASTER | Sexy Summer Maxi Dresses Worth Sporting on Your Next Date Night

Velvet fit for summer? We’re drooling.

STYLECASTER | Sexy Summer Maxi Dresses Worth Sporting on Your Next Date Night

Low-key vacation-chic style.

STYLECASTER | Sexy Summer Maxi Dresses Worth Sporting on Your Next Date Night

We’ve already professed our love of zebra stripes. Now we’re stocking up.

STYLECASTER | Sexy Summer Maxi Dresses Worth Sporting on Your Next Date Night

A no-fail silhouette, no matter the season—nor the occasion.

STYLECASTER | Sexy Summer Maxi Dresses Worth Sporting on Your Next Date Night

Because “fun” and “hot” are far from mutually exclusive.

STYLECASTER | Sexy Summer Maxi Dresses Worth Sporting on Your Next Date Night

Equal parts retro and contemporary—and totally stunning.

 

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