To the Max

Stay stylish in the heat with a little extra length.

It’s no secret that maxi dresses are the fairy godmother of the wardrobe—one single garment that looks both effortless and elegant on all figures. Do yourself a sartorial favor and pick up one of these pretty pieces this spring to keep on hand for those “I have nothing to wear” days.

Feeling a bit artistic? This Jack “Barby” watercolor dress ($72, from Frankly Basic) combines the season’s most popular color trends, lilac and blue, with a flattering cinched waist.

Denim blue is hot hot hot this spring. Keep cool with this elegant trapeze cut maxi ($108, from Alysa Rene) for all the beauty and none of the weight of denim.

Dressing for brunch has never been easier ($70, from Dress Head). Add a wide-brimmed hat and sunnies for the perfect patio ensemble.

We can’t get enough of palm trees. This Parker halter dress ($297, from Standard Style) adds a little extra zest with a layered ruffle high-low bottom.

For those days when you can barely be bothered with trying to be stylish, this lightweight Vince black maxi ($437, from Feng) has the easy sophistication of a shirt dress.

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