The Best Summer Maxi Dresses for Your Closet

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22.04.22

By Rebecca Byatt

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The maxi dress. A summer closet staple that will always be close to our hearts. Whether you’re looking to channel bohemian vibes or release your inner senorita, a summer maxi dress is a sure cult favorite whatever the occasion. The best maxi dresses for summer are flowy, breathable and bright.

There are many reasons we love a maxi dress: easy to throw in your carry on, perfect for drinks by the pool, and when paired with cowboy boots, she doubles up as a fool-proof festival look. Read on for the Nasty guide on how to style a maxi dress for summer and our top picks of summer maxi dresses for women 2022.

Maxi Beach Dresses

A necessary addition to any beach bag. Throw on a maxi beach dress over your favorite bikini, a mini bag and some strappy sandals and you’re all set to go from beach to bar. A crochet black summer maxi dress is the perfect addition to your vacay baggage. Looks best with a piña colada in hand.

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Wave Crochet Maxi Beach Dress
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Knitted Bodycon Maxi Beach Dress
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Fringed Trim Beach Maxi Dress
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Crinkle Double Split Maxi Beach Dress
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Cotton Ruffle Maxi Beach Dress
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White Summer Maxi Dresses

A white summer maxi dress is a staple for your summer capsule wardrobe. If you’re wanting a long sleeve summer maxi dress, white is the best color to choose because it’s designed to be light and breathable, as it will reflect the light of the sun.

White summer maxi dresses are perfect for highlighting that summer glow and can be your plus one to almost any summer social event. It makes for the best cotton maxi dresses as the light color combined with the breathable and lightweight fabric means that it’ll keep you cool in the warmer temperatures.

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Satin Halter Summer Maxi Dress
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Shirred Puff Sleeve Summer Maxi Dress
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Textured Tiered Halter Summer Maxi Dress
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Petite Poplin Smock Summer Maxi Dress
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Cotton Oversized Summer Maxi Dress
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Casual Summer Maxi Dresses

For those more casual summer soirées, an alfresco brunch, a picnic date or a stroll in the park with friends, a casual summer maxi dress is the answer to your prayers. Choose floaty, floral and bright colorways to keep things looking and feeling laidback.

A casual summer maxi dress with sleeves in a breathable fabric such as cotton or linen is perfect for those days in the sun. If you’re wondering on how to style a maxi dress in the summer, pair with sneakers or chunky sandals and accessorize with a straw hat and sunnies.

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Puff Sleeve Casual Summer Maxi Dress
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Floral Strappy Casual Summer Maxi Dress
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Floral Tie Strap Summer Maxi Dress
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Pleated Smock Casual Summer Maxi Dress
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Gingham Halter Casual Summer Maxi Dress
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Plus Size Maxi Dresses for Summer

Our best plus size maxi dresses for summer are intended to be bright, bold and sexy, whilst keeping you cool as the temperatures rise. Choosing a plus size summer maxi dress with a thigh slit will mean that the maxi dress is able to move with your body and allows air to circulate, leaving you feeling less restricted.

The most flattering maxi dresses are those which draw the attention to the waist and create an empire line – this is usually done with a belt or tie detail and will create an hourglass silhouette.

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Plus Size Polka Ruffle Maxi Dress
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Plus Size Floral Wrap Maxi Dress
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Plus Size Plisse Print Maxi Dress
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Plus Size Leopard Ruffle Maxi Dress
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Plus Size Satin Summer Maxi Dress
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Sexy Summer Maxi Dresses

If you’re looking for a sexy summer maxi dress for summer date nights or late night parties, then opt for silhouettes with plunging necklines, backless detailing or thigh high slits. Better yet choosing silky, flowy fabrics will still allow you to keep cool on those warm summer evenings. Have fun and play with colorways of red or aqua, or choose a classic, strappy black summer maxi dress for dancing into the early hours.

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Tulle Plunge Sexy Summer Maxi Dress
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Satin Low Back Summer Maxi Dress
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Satin Lace Insert Summer Maxi Dress
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Satin Ruffle Sexy Summer Maxi Dress
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Strappy Back Sexy Summer Maxi Dress
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Wanting something to add extra heat to your summer maxi dress? Check out our blog post on our favorite picks of summer accessories for 2022.