How To Style A Maxi Dress For Summer

Beloved for its temperate versatility and artful ease— chic maxi dresses earn the “most wanted” summer status.

Whether you’re summering in the backyard or finally taking that trip to a sandy beach, with the return of social plans this summer a flowy floor-skimming dress will be the only thing you want to wear. The warm weather this season calls for maxi dreamy dresses in optimistic hues, often worn with ribbon-tied straw hats, straw baskets, simple flip flops, and delicate fine jewelry. We like to keep things classic and summer appropriate with neutral fabrics like cotton and linen and invest in a sophisticated summer piece, that you can count on season after season. Ahead, we’ve curated our favorites and how exactly to wear them. Discover the full edit below!

Maxi dress for summer wedding guests

Maxi dress for summer wedding guests

Endlessly adaptable and always chic—a maxi in an optimistic hue is our answer to every wedding or engagement party on the calendar this summer. If you are not into feminine and flirty, this light green Bondi Born linen piece is made for you. Perfect for a host of Spring and Summer events, this linen maxi dress will add a chic and classy drama to your look. Finish the look with subtle strokes of gold, and dainty grass-friendly shoes.

How to style maxi dress for summer wedding guests:

White cotton maxi dress

White cotton maxi dress

Isn’t a white dress solution for all our summer style problems? Just swap your footwear, and top it off with a summer bag of your choice, and your white dress will feel like new every time.

Inspired by balmy days in Malibu, this Frame dress it’s cut from cotton-poplin with a shirred panel at the back, so fits closely before falling to a floaty maxi skirt. As with any essential fashion item, the styling possibilities for any white dress are infinite. Chunkey dad sandals, gold-tone jewelry, and a straw tote are the solutions to looking chic and put together in a pinch.

How to style your white maxi dress:

Casual everyday floral maxi dress

What to wear with your everyday floral maxi dress

Bored of beige? Same. The best maxi dresses on the market are colorful, versatile and can be worn from day to night effortlessly. A breathable, air cotton dress in mood-boosting color is our choice this summer. The beautiful print on this one feels unique enough to stand out regardless of where you wear it. Simply swap a flat shoe like a sneaker or a sandal into something heeled and you’re instantly party-ready.

What to wear with your everyday floral maxi dress:

Beach cover-up maxi dress

What to wear with your beach maxi dress

Looking for a super-easy way to elevate your beach look? Skip the plain linen shirt and opt for a long dress instead. Airy and light, an open-back sundress will be the hero piece in your summer wardrobe. Like this number from Mara Hoffman, cinched at the waist and finished with an open back, this dress is the perfect accompaniment to sun-kissed skin and easily the most stylish beach cover-up.

What to wear with your beach maxi dress:

Strappy maxidress perfect for date nights

How to style your maxidress for date nights

For a subtly sexy date night dress, consider one in silk fabric with dainty straps, and plenty of volume. Thanks to the maxi length, this won’t ever feel overly revealing or too much. In a simple solid color, you’ll have no problem playing with different accessories like gold heels and a beaded clutch for hot summer nights or flat sandals and a fun sun hat for warm summer days.

How to style your maxidress for date nights:

Off-the-shoulder striped cotton maxi dress

How to style striped maxi dress

Off-the-shoulder neckline followed by a slim waist and pockets at the sides of the full maxi skirt, this dress has a pure effortless coastal vibe. Blue and white-striped print evoke images of warmer shores and effortless elegance for lazy days in the sun. All you need is a small basket bag and white sandals for an enchanting, feminine finish.

How to style striped maxi dress: