84 Summer Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because Can You Ever Have Too Many?

Lindsey Lanquist
84 Summer Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because Can You Ever Have Too Many?
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It isn’t really a hot take to say there’s no such thing as too many summer maxi dresses. Because when the sun is at its shiniest (and humidity at its most oppressive), nothing feels as wearable as a dress of any kind. Sundresses and mini dresses definitely deserve moments in the spotlight, but maxi dresses drip with bohemian elegance and convenience in a way that’s untouched by any other summer clothing genre. Nothing billows in the summer breeze quite like a floor-length dress—and nothing feels as effortlessly comfortable (read: as unlikely to ride up or fly up) as a floor-length dress, either.

As if summer maxi dresses weren’t already bringing enough to the table, they also offer a kind of easy versatility that can’t be discounted. Not only are they all-in-one outfits that require next to no styling, but they also walk the line of casual/formal so masterfully that they can basically take you anywhere you need to go. Few ensembles feel as fit for a day at the beach as they do for a five-star dinner, but summer maxi dresses offer to do all of that and more. Seriously, with one or two styling adjustments, the same maxi could get you from brunch to the park to the bar and back—and maybe even to work, too.

When presented with so much effortless efficiency, there’s really only one thing to do: Stock up. This summer’s maxi dress selection is vast, varied and ready to be ravaged. Go forth and fill your summer wardrobe with the no-fail pieces it deserves.

STYLECASTER | 87 Summer Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because Can You Ever Have Too Many?

A statement-making dress that’s easily dressed up or down. This, friends, is the holy grail.

STYLECASTER | 87 Summer Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because Can You Ever Have Too Many?

A prairie dress that drips with retro-fun appeal.

STYLECASTER | 87 Summer Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because Can You Ever Have Too Many?

The only vacation dress you need in your arsenal.

STYLECASTER | 87 Summer Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because Can You Ever Have Too Many?

Perfect for job interviews and parties, alike.

STYLECASTER | 87 Summer Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because Can You Ever Have Too Many?

Integrate this must-have into your work rotation, stat.

STYLECASTER | 87 Summer Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because Can You Ever Have Too Many?

This LBD (Long Black Dress) skews a little dressy for day-to-day wear, but whip it out for a summer party and prepare to turn heads.

STYLECASTER | 87 Summer Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because Can You Ever Have Too Many?

A maxi you could wear during literally any season.

STYLECASTER | 87 Summer Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because Can You Ever Have Too Many?

The subtly sexy date night dress your summer rotation needs.

STYLECASTER | 87 Summer Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because Can You Ever Have Too Many?

Fans of the shift dress: Rejoice. Longline options abound.

STYLECASTER | 87 Summer Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because Can You Ever Have Too Many?

An anything-but-average wedding guest dress for an anything-but-average shopper.

STYLECASTER | 87 Summer Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because Can You Ever Have Too Many?

A blank canvas for all your favorite statement jewelry.

STYLECASTER | 87 Summer Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because Can You Ever Have Too Many?

Sexy—and sure to stay firmly in place, no matter what you’re up to.

STYLECASTER | 87 Summer Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because Can You Ever Have Too Many?

Because shirtdresses are better when they’re covered in sequins.

STYLECASTER | 87 Summer Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because Can You Ever Have Too Many?

Puff-sleeves, fitted bodice—can’t lose.

STYLECASTER | 87 Summer Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because Can You Ever Have Too Many?

A decidedly maximalist approach to texture.

STYLECASTER | 87 Summer Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because Can You Ever Have Too Many?

An endlessly flattering silhouette—in an underrated color.

STYLECASTER | 87 Summer Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because Can You Ever Have Too Many?

A dress that makes the most of summer’s crochet trend—without taking it too literally.

STYLECASTER | 87 Summer Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because Can You Ever Have Too Many?

Of course there are anything-but-basic slip dress options on offer.

STYLECASTER | 87 Summer Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because Can You Ever Have Too Many?

Fans of button-downs will be delighted to learn there are dress-based iterations of the format.

STYLECASTER | 87 Summer Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because Can You Ever Have Too Many?

Off-the-shoulder necklines have endured in the zeitgeist for a reason. (They’re cute as hell.)

STYLECASTER | 87 Summer Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because Can You Ever Have Too Many?

A geometric approach to patchwork, and a patchwork approach to floral—mesmerizing, much?

STYLECASTER | 87 Summer Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because Can You Ever Have Too Many?

Ruffles so stunning friends will think you walked straight off a runway.

STYLECASTER | 87 Summer Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because Can You Ever Have Too Many?

The number of cute, contemporary prairie dresses on offer right now is borderline astounding.

STYLECASTER | 87 Summer Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because Can You Ever Have Too Many?

Fit for parties, date nights and ant other moment worth looking drop-dead gorgeous.

STYLECASTER | 87 Summer Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because Can You Ever Have Too Many?

Come summer, punchy palettes are always a good idea.

STYLECASTER | 87 Summer Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because Can You Ever Have Too Many?

Part classic prairie dress, part slinky LBD.

STYLECASTER | 87 Summer Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because Can You Ever Have Too Many?

A slip dress for the fan of structure—and saturation.

STYLECASTER | 87 Summer Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because Can You Ever Have Too Many?

A surprisingly sexy take on tie-dye.

STYLECASTER | 87 Summer Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because Can You Ever Have Too Many?

A maxi, crafted with the fan of minis in mind.

STYLECASTER | 87 Summer Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because Can You Ever Have Too Many?

It’s covered in sequins and adorned with pom-poms. What more could you—or any of us, really—ask for?

STYLECASTER | 87 Summer Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because Can You Ever Have Too Many?

Tropical prints aren’t going anywhere.

STYLECASTER | 87 Summer Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because Can You Ever Have Too Many?

Basically a bridal gown you can wear on the daily.

STYLECASTER | 87 Summer Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because Can You Ever Have Too Many?

Worth wearing well into autumn (and long after, too).

STYLECASTER | 87 Summer Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because Can You Ever Have Too Many?

There’s a reason the LBD is an enduring wardrobe staple.

STYLECASTER | 87 Summer Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because Can You Ever Have Too Many?

This dress makes the most of two of 2019’s favorite trends—ruffles and tropical prints—at once.

STYLECASTER | 87 Summer Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because Can You Ever Have Too Many?

A textured tangerine cami dress is the sexy must-have you didn’t know you needed.

STYLECASTER | 87 Summer Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because Can You Ever Have Too Many?

Give us pink anything, and we’ll be pleased.

STYLECASTER | 87 Summer Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because Can You Ever Have Too Many?

Summer polka dots are a forever mood.

STYLECASTER | 87 Summer Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because Can You Ever Have Too Many?

A fresh take on florals.

STYLECASTER | 87 Summer Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because Can You Ever Have Too Many?

Unexpected pops of color get an emphatic “yes” from us.

STYLECASTER | 87 Summer Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because Can You Ever Have Too Many?

Give us a smocked bodice and a dress covered in tropical plants, and we’ll be happy.

STYLECASTER | 87 Summer Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because Can You Ever Have Too Many?

Neon animal prints? A bold move during any season.

STYLECASTER | 87 Summer Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because Can You Ever Have Too Many?

A dress that gets more fun with every step.

STYLECASTER | 87 Summer Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because Can You Ever Have Too Many?

A pool cover-up that’s cute enough to wear to a beachside bar. (Hello, versatility.)

STYLECASTER | 87 Summer Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because Can You Ever Have Too Many?

A princess gown, crafted for the modern age.

STYLECASTER | 87 Summer Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because Can You Ever Have Too Many?

A punchy palette that feels anything but overwhelming.

STYLECASTER | 87 Summer Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because Can You Ever Have Too Many?

Feel like a fairytale bride, even when all you’re doing is going to brunch.

STYLECASTER | 87 Summer Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because Can You Ever Have Too Many?

Simultaneously campy and elegant—we’re on board.

STYLECASTER | 87 Summer Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because Can You Ever Have Too Many?

Available in so many incredible color variations, we kind of don’t know which one to shop.

STYLECASTER | 87 Summer Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because Can You Ever Have Too Many?

Ulla Johnson’s maxi dress game is strong, and this dress is no exception.

STYLECASTER | 87 Summer Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because Can You Ever Have Too Many?

Be the most elegant person in the room, no matter where you’re headed.

STYLECASTER | 87 Summer Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because Can You Ever Have Too Many?

A dress as fit for work as it is for your friend’s wedding—hello, new versatile favorite.

STYLECASTER | 87 Summer Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because Can You Ever Have Too Many?

A decidedly different approach to the tropical print movement.

STYLECASTER | 87 Summer Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because Can You Ever Have Too Many?

Stun in your next job interview—or, you know, on the daily, too.

STYLECASTER | 87 Summer Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because Can You Ever Have Too Many?

Practically begging to be paired with your favorite statement jewelry.

STYLECASTER | 87 Summer Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because Can You Ever Have Too Many?

Is it just us, or are T-shirt dresses always a good idea? (We’re pretty sure it’s not just us.)

STYLECASTER | 87 Summer Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because Can You Ever Have Too Many?

Florals, and ruffles, and stripes—oh my.

STYLECASTER | 87 Summer Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because Can You Ever Have Too Many?

Kaftans are an absolute summer must.

STYLECASTER | 87 Summer Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because Can You Ever Have Too Many?

Be the most fashion-forward guest at any wedding you’re invited to.

STYLECASTER | 87 Summer Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because Can You Ever Have Too Many?

A floral dress that feels anything but basic.

STYLECASTER | 87 Summer Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because Can You Ever Have Too Many?

The easiest way to integrate some serious fun into your work wardrobe? Snag this bold AF floral dress.

STYLECASTER | 87 Summer Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because Can You Ever Have Too Many?

Because come summer, LWDs are as necessary as LBDs.

STYLECASTER | 87 Summer Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because Can You Ever Have Too Many?

Because pride doesn’t just end when June does.

STYLECASTER | 87 Summer Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because Can You Ever Have Too Many?

A surprisingly fancy take on summer’s sheer clothing trend.

STYLECASTER | 87 Summer Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because Can You Ever Have Too Many?

A maxi that doubles as outerwear—now that’s versatility.

STYLECASTER | 87 Summer Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because Can You Ever Have Too Many?

Printed in all the right places.

STYLECASTER | 87 Summer Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because Can You Ever Have Too Many?

Absolutely stunning.

STYLECASTER | 87 Summer Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because Can You Ever Have Too Many?

Perfect for the office, cocktail hour—and everywhere else you’re headed this week.

STYLECASTER | 87 Summer Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because Can You Ever Have Too Many?Genuinely obsessed with this retro-fresh take on florals.

STYLECASTER | 87 Summer Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because Can You Ever Have Too Many?

When in doubt, remember monochromatic maxis deliver chic style in seconds.

STYLECASTER | 61 Summer Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because Can You Ever Have Too Many?

Just fancy enough.

STYLECASTER | 61 Summer Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because Can You Ever Have Too Many?

A different take on the longline slinky satin dress.

STYLECASTER | 61 Summer Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because Can You Ever Have Too Many?

Be the best-dressed friend at your next Sunday brunch.

STYLECASTER | 61 Summer Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because Can You Ever Have Too Many?

Wedding guest wardrobe fodder for sure.

STYLECASTER | 61 Summer Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because Can You Ever Have Too Many?

A super versatile silhouette, rendered in a super versatile palette—what’s not to love?

STYLECASTER | 61 Summer Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because Can You Ever Have Too Many?

Summer stripes that don’t skew too nautical.

STYLECASTER | 61 Summer Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because Can You Ever Have Too Many?

Sexy AF. Layer on your favorite jewelry, and let the compliments come rolling in.

STYLECASTER | 61 Summer Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because Can You Ever Have Too Many?

Fodder for your next vacation Instagram.

STYLECASTER | 61 Summer Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because Can You Ever Have Too Many?

A plunge neckline sure to make J. Lo proud.

STYLECASTER | 61 Summer Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because Can You Ever Have Too Many?

Obsessed with this vintage-inspired plaid maxi.

STYLECASTER | 61 Summer Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because Can You Ever Have Too Many?

If we owned this, we’d never take it off.

STYLECASTER | 61 Summer Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because Can You Ever Have Too Many?

Upscale beach attire (or just, you know, cute everyday attire).

STYLECASTER | 61 Summer Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because Can You Ever Have Too Many?

Cute from the front—even more adorable from the back.

STYLECASTER | 61 Summer Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because Can You Ever Have Too Many?

Has a plunge neckline ever looked so incredibly delicate?

 

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A version of this story was originally published in May 2019. Updated July 2019.

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