I love to wear maxi dresses for summer as the length can help to create the illusion of height and elongate the body. Maxi dresses are often made from lightweight, flowy fabrics that can be very comfortable, especially in hot weather. They can also provide more coverage than shorter dresses, which can be helpful for people who prefer to cover their legs.
Check out Cute and Casual Dresses for Women Over 50 and Affordable Fashion Monday With Dresses Under $45 for more maxi dresses for summer.
For sizing reference, I’m 5’6″ tall, weigh between 150-155, and usually wear a size 8 in bottoms, between a medium and a large in tops, and a 12 or a large in dresses.
Solid Color Maxi Dresses For Summer Can Make You Look Taller
Most of these outfits could go under a Outfits That Look Expensive – But Aren’t. I’m a big believer that you can look great no matter what your budget. I’ve shopped thrift store, yard sales, and even gas stations. My mother has always said that I never met a store I didn’t like.
This entire outit, including the shoes, is under $85! Boscov’s is a new retailer to me, but I decided to try an outfit from there. This black maxi dress is very flattering, and I was pleasantly surprised at the quality. Solid colors can make you look taller since there isn’t a visible break in the look. My only complaint is that the dress is low-cut, but you can add a cute lace cami to fill the void.
I love the lightweight leopard kimono, and I think it will look great as a swimsuit coverup. The striped design is a cute detail that keeps the kimono from look ordinary.
I wanted to let you see that the dress is a spaghetti strap style. Kimono’s are an easy way to cover your upper arms and add extra drama to you outfits.
These wedge sandals are very comfortable! The stretchy straps help to keep the shoe on, but they aren’t stiff. I’m wearing my usual size, so these run true to size.
Wearing a Maxi Dress For A Special Occasion
Here is how to wear maxi dresses for summer for a special occasion. Adding a completer piece (aka a blazer), is one way to elevate a casual sundress to the next level. Don’t forget the accessories such as a beautiful clutch and jewelry, and you will be ready to dance the night away.
I have a wedding to attend in a few weeks, and this dress is on the short list. The white blazer looks great, but for the wedding, I would probably replace it with this bright blue linen blazer. If I don’t wear it to the wedding, I might wear it to the brunch that we are having the day before the wedding.
Here is the look of the dress without the blazer. Look at the gorgeous print on this dress!!! You can tie the straps or tuck them inside the dress for a strapeless look which works great when adding a cardigan or jacket.
This linen blazer is from Talbots, so it is more expensive than some. If you plan on wearing a white linen blazer every summer (it’s a classic item), then investing in a nice one is a good idea. If you’re not ready to make the investment, then check out this linen-blend one from H&M.
Neutral shoes is what I purchase 85% of the time. My closet is full or tan, beige, etc., so these clear strap wedges fit right in. I love these since they will go with anything, and the straps are comfortable. I’ve tried clear shoes in the past and wasn’t impressed. They are usually stiff and cut into your foot, but these don’t do that.
Wearing Casual Boho Maxi Dresses For Summer
I don’t have special occasions very often. Most of the time I want to wear casual maxi dresses for summer, and I usually add a denim jacket with them.
I can’t say enough about this Stretch Denim Jacket! This jacket has just enough stretch to make is comfortable to wear all day long. It isn’t as thick as some of the other denim jackets I own, but maybe that is the appeal. I find myself reaching for this one more than any other one in my closet.
This dress has a halter tie string, or you can wear it as a strapeless dress. White would look great with this dress for summer, and it would look great with a tan jacket for fall.
I found these wedge sandals in black at a major discount. I love those shoes, so I bought the tan pair at the regular price. They were an investment, but I know that I’ll wear them a ton!
Bright and Colorful Maxi Dresses For Summer
I think that colorful must be my middle name. I’m drawn to colorful items, and during spring and summer, they are plentiful.
White also looks great with this dress, but I wanted to soften the look with the light blue cardigan. The cardigan is soft and comfy, and adds just enought warmth for chilly nights. The cardigan is under $15, and there are a few other colors available.
I love this dress, and I wore it when Joe and I went to Mexico in March. It is flattering and is perfect for a beach vacation.
I love this crossbody handbag. It is dressy enough to be worn with dresses, and even though it is small, it holds everything I need to take with me for a night out. The quilted design is on trend, and the gold chain elevates the look of the bag.
Wearing Romantic Maxi Dresses For Summer
Love is in the air, especially during wedding season. June and July are when lots of weddings are happening, and if the wedding party wasn’t wearing green, I would have worn this to the wedding.
My photographer called me when my photos were ready to be uploaded, and said, “I hope you kept that green maxi dress and pink blazer.” She said it was her favorite outfit, and I have to agree. Pink and green look great together, and the jacket brings out the tiny pink flowers in the dress.
This pink 3/4 sleeve blazer is a crepe like material, so it looks and feels dressy. I can’t wait to style this with jeans and shorts this summer, it is the perfect soft pink color.
I’m not sure that I will wear this one shoulder maxi dress without a jacket or cardigan, buy I could. I just prefer wearing sleeves dressess with a jacket or cardigan although it’s not because I don’t want to show my arms. The outfit looks put together with the jacket, and it looks blah without it.
I love these Jack Rogers shoes, but I’m still trying to break in the thong. They are a little tight, so I probably should have sized up to a 9.5 instead of ordering my usual size 9. I love the gold color with the natural raffia, and a wedge is my favorite heel since you don’t have to worry about walking in grass or on bricks and cobblestones.
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