I like to think of a maxi dress as the clothing version of that one friend who brings out your spontaneous side and is always making you laugh; the friend you turn to when you want to have a memorable night or explore a foreign city. On a not-so-exciting day — when an early morning workout and a UPS drop-off are the only things on your agenda — the floor-sweeping frock is there to help you feel like you just came from a chic rooftop party or a much-needed vacation.
Just like the good old romper, maxi dresses are a breezy and an ideal throw-on-and-go option in the spring and summer months. They come in an extensive range of prints and a wide spectrum of colors. Plus, many on the market right now feature ultra-feminine details like bows, lace, ruffles, puffed sleeves and smocked bodices.
The multi-colored variety can easily double as cover-ups at the beach, and when styled correctly, can be elevated for a black-tie affair. Ahead, we've rounded up 23 ground-grazing styles — all under $500 — that you'll want to add to your warm-weather lineup asap.
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