Many of you have asked for some maxi dress options. Maxi-dresses are an easy one-and-done style for summer, just add a few accessories and go.
Above: a vacation-ready ensemble with a maxi dress in the Summer palette.
You’ve also asked for styles that aren’t too oversized or flouncy, or too skimpy on top. That’s a taller order; the trend at the moment is toward tiers, ruffles, floral prints, and styles with cutouts. But I love a challenge, and have turned up quite a few that I think you might like.
I’ve noticed that retailers seem to have a loose definition of “maxi” dresses. “Maxi” seems to include anything that hits below mid-calf. I’ve included those lengths here, as what may read as “midi” on a taller person (remember most models are 5’10” or so) may be “maxi” on those of us who are shorter. I’ve also tried to stick to styles that are bra-friendly, and aren’t drowning in ruffles and tiers.
Summer maxi dresses
Here’s an example of a shorter length maxi. The black and white ikat print is a nice alternative to florals (great for you Winters).
Ok, so this one has tiers, but they don’t look too overwhelming. I say that with fingers crossed, as I’ve ordered this one to try! It’s available in Misses, Petite, Plus, and Tall sizes, also in black. I love this subtle tie-dye pattern, and think this color might be one that could work for both Springs and Autumns.
This elegant style could easily dress up or down. It’s available in sizes XS to XL, and made from sustainable TENCEL fabric. It’s hard to judge navy without seeing it in person, but I think it’s in that realm where it could work for some Springs or Summers.
Here’s a simple jersey maxi dress, available in multiple colors/prints. Winters, this one’s for you.
If you’re looking for something more casual, here’s a budget-friendly tee shirt dress in organic cotton. It’s available in four colors, sizes XXS-XL(16). This green looks close to Pistachio in the Autumn palette.
This “Geneva” knit dress is a customer favorite, and is available in sizes 00-4XL. There are several colors offered, as well as v-neck and long sleeve options, though some sizes may be limited. This “Berry” color looks close to a Winter cranberry on my monitor.
If you don’t shy away from a bold pattern, this might be in your wheelhouse. Yes, it does have some ruffles, but again the high contrast geometric pattern balances out the girly elements. Available in Misses, Petite, and Plus sizes. There are two other colors as well.
Don’t be afraid to try a kaftan. You can find many beautiful styles that can dress up or down, in a range of prices. This one’s a gorgeous patchwork pattern in the Spring palette. Also available in Plus.