Summer Maxi Dresses: Will You Be Wearing Them?

What’s all this fuss about Maxi dresses?  They’re apparently all-the-rage right now.  You’ll find them featured in every store, and you’ll see fashionable women wearing them around the mall as they shop.  Or maybe you’re asking yourself, “What the heck is a Maxi dress anyways?”  Remember those caftan-type, brightly colored chiffon dresses that all of the ladies wore back in the 60′s and early 70′s?  Well, maybe you don’t- but perhaps you’ve seen pictures… or movies.  A Maxi dress is a long, flowing, comfortable dress.  Depending on the style of the dress and the body type of the gal who holds it, they can be flattering or not.  I recently bought two Maxi skirts, and I just ordered the first dress you see below in royal blue.  Here are a few favorites I found while shopping online- the prices range from $18 to $198.


From Nordstrom (free shipping and returns):
Nicole Miller Pleated Jersey Racerback Maxi Dress (on sale for $163.90)
Suzi Chin for Maggy Boutique Print Halter Dress ($198)
Michael Kors Stripe Jersey Maxi Dress ($110)

From Anthropologie:
Sky Trails Maxi Dress ($168)
Between Lines Maxi Dress ($168)

From Macys (free shipping w/ $99 purchase):
Studio M Dress Sleeveless Scoop Neck Striped Tiered Maxi ($98)
Tommy Hilfiger Dress Sleeveless Printed Long V-Neck Maxi ($74.99)
Cha Cha Vente Dress Sleeveless V-Neck Striped Maxi ($78)

From Target (free shipping w/ $50 purchase):
Merona Ruffle Front Maxi Dress ($32.99)
Mossimo Challis Maxi Dress- blue print ($29.99)
Mossimo Juniors Maxi Dress ($18)

From Bloomingdales (free shipping w/ $150 purchase):
Splendid Dress Palm Stripe Maxi Dress ($158)
Element Dress Printed Strapless Maxi ($54.50)
Ella Moss Dress Waldo Striped Maxi ($198)

From Kohls (free shipping w/ $75 purchase): Daisy Fuentes Crochet Maxi Dress ($38.40)
From JC Penney (free shipping w/ $50 purchase):  Bailey Blue Halter Maxi Dress ($25)

From Dillards:
Chelsea & Violet Lace Maxi Dress ($118)
M.S.S.P. Striped Faux Wrap Maxi Dress ($118)
Nuture Jersey Twist Front Maxi Dress ($119)

From Victoria’s Secret (free shipping w/ $100 purchase):
Maxi Tank Dress ($69.50)
Floral Maxi Dress ($100)
Cotton Crochet Maxi Dress ($96)

5 rules about Maxi Dresses:
1.  Don’t choose a Maxi Dress that is going to make you look pregnant… unless you’re pregnant.
2.  High heels or tall wedge sandals with a Maxi dress will help make you look taller and thinner.
3.  You can dress up a maxi dress with jewelry and cute heels… maybe even a wrap or a light sweater.
4.  You can dress down a Maxi dress… with flip flops.
5.  If you don’t have a super thin middle-area physique, choose a Maxi Dress that will minimize your flaws.  Don’t choose any styles that are terribly clingy, and choosing a style with a high empire waist will probably be most flattering.

So will you be wearing a Maxi Dress this summer?  Give us the scoop.

by the way… no one paid me to write about Maxi dresses, but I do think that I deserve samples of each of the Maxi Dresses mentioned above, don’t you? :)

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22 Responses to “Summer Maxi Dresses: Will You Be Wearing Them?”

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    Christina @ This Woman Cooks! — May 22, 2012 @ 4:46 AM

    Thanks for this post! I’ve been looking for the right maxi dress for a while…I just ordered one of the ones you posted from Target. :)

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    Nika Andersen — May 22, 2012 @ 5:51 AM

    This if funny as I just bought one on Friday – $16.99 at TJ Maxx…. and yes, you should probably get free samples :-)

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    Maria — May 22, 2012 @ 6:46 AM

    Love them!

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    TidyMom — May 22, 2012 @ 6:54 AM

    maxi dresses + short people = can’t find them :(

    They look so cute on everyone, but I can never find them short enough for someone 5’2″

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    Lori Lange — May 22, 2012 @ 7:05 AM

    Yeah, unfortunately they are tougher to find… but someone suggested checking Old Navy for shorter ones- and petite sizes. I suppose you could just get them hemmed!

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    Amanda — May 22, 2012 @ 7:48 AM

    I love this post!! I love maxi dresses and would live in them year round. :) Thanks for this great maxi dress round up! :)

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    Kristen — May 22, 2012 @ 7:49 AM

    Dang girl – now I have a cart full of clothes! :)

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    bridget {bake at 350} — May 22, 2012 @ 7:51 AM

    I just bought my first MAXI dress this year and I LOVE it!!! I would wear it every day if I could. ;)

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    Sadie — May 22, 2012 @ 8:39 AM

    A girl at work wore a Marx dress twice last week. Both made her look more pregnant than I did while pregnant. Be careful ladies.

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    Sandy @ RE — May 22, 2012 @ 8:43 AM

    Love maxi dresses! Yay for summer and looking snazzy! Can’t wait to see you soon (in a maxi??)

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    Nutmeg Nanny — May 22, 2012 @ 9:26 AM

    Love the maxi dress! Even though I’m pleasantly plump they still look cute and are super comfortable! In fact, I just bought another one yesterday! I figure they will be perfect for my trip to Aruba this summer :)

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    Rachel Cooks — May 22, 2012 @ 10:24 AM

    Fun post, Lori! Makes me want to go shopping!

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    Lori Lange — May 22, 2012 @ 10:25 AM

    I need to check out TJ Maxx!

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    Lori Lange — May 22, 2012 @ 10:26 AM

    oh good- I hope you like it!

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    Lori Lange — May 22, 2012 @ 10:26 AM

    Maybe!

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    Lori Lange — May 22, 2012 @ 10:32 AM

    Which is why I wrote rule #1 ;)

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    Paula @lkg4sweetspot — May 22, 2012 @ 1:09 PM

    Maxi’s are a great summer staple! I have a few that I love to travel in. If you want a place to pick up crazy cheap designer dresses go to modnique(dot)com – really one of my favorite sites at the moment and I think they have a big designer dress sale starting tomorrow – up to 90% off!

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    Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama — May 22, 2012 @ 3:40 PM

    I love the Maxi’ dresses!! I have a couple from Victoria Secret that I live in during the summer! I <3 that mustard yellow one and was shocked to see it was from Target! Need to go check that deal out!

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    brandi — May 23, 2012 @ 7:37 AM

    i actually just found 2 super cute ones for cheap at walmart the other day! ran in for bandaids…came out with two dresses, and no band aids. oops!

    they were $13, feel like pjs, and will be perfect all summer long.

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    Deborah — May 25, 2012 @ 11:55 AM

    I thought they would be perfect for summertime and my growing baby belly, but I haven’t been able to find one that is flattering instead of just making me look fat. Maybe once the baby belly is in full swing, they will look better. But I love Maxi skirts and have been living in them lately!

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    Rosa Dennis — June 2, 2013 @ 8:17 PM

    pleas i need to know if the floral maxi dress from Victoria Secret at 100 dollars is on sale. I am in love with this beatiful fucsia flora mexi dress.

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    Lori Lange — June 3, 2013 @ 4:59 PM

    This is an old post, so not sure if they carry that dress anymore.