15 best maxi and long dresses for summer 2019

Stay comfortable, stylish and breezy through hot, sunny days!
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By Taylor Davies

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Some seasonal trends have true staying power — and the maxi dress is one of them. The more popular these semi-casual, full-length dresses become, the more variety we see.

Last year was all about the off-the-shoulder look, and while there are still quite a few of those to be found, this season we're seeing more of a focus on V-neck and wrap styles. This is great news, since a wrap style is almost universally flattering.

From bright, bold floral patterns to black dresses you can style up for a wedding or down for a day at the beach, we found 15 of the season's best maxi dresses to wear throughout the warmer months.

Fun Florals

  • 1. Astr The Label Floral Ruched Front Maxi Dress, $85, Nordstrom

The ruching and low neckline give this pretty maxi dress a bit of sass. We could see this dress at a wedding with a pair of nude heels (like Nordstrom has styled it) and a great pair of earrings.

  • 2. Cream Floral Dress With Buttons, $40, H&M

Not only does this dress have decorative puff sleeves with ties, it also features covered buttons at the front to easily style a variety of ways.

  • 3. Dellytop Floral Print Sleeveless Maxi Dresses, $16, Walmart

This maxi dress is available in 10 different colors. With an inexpensive price tag, why not pick up a few for all of your spring and summer events?

Not So Basic Black

  • 1. Aphratti 3/4 Sleeve Vintage Wrap Maxi Dress, $23-$28, Amazon

We love wrap dresses because they tend to be flattering on a variety of body types. Solid black makes this wrap dress infinitely wearable, and the ruffled detail makes it just a touch more feminine.

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  • 2. MakeMeChic Women's Casual Loose Pocket Maxi Dress, $24, Amazon

Relaxed, comfortable and casual, this affordable black dress will be your go-to for lazy Sundays when you (unfortunately) have to leave the house.

  • 3. Taylor Dresses Women's Lace Mesh Maxi Slip Dress, $47+, Amazon

The lace detailing and handkerchief hemline set this breezy black dress apart, and if the plunging neckline feels too deep for you, try this one over a swimsuit or a little black bandeau bra.

Summery Striped Maxi Dress

  • 1. ASOS Design Tiered Striped Maxi Dress, $56, ASOS

With a square neck and tiered design, this dress is perfect for casual days.

  • 2. BP Twist Front Stripe Maxi Dress, $49, Nordstrom

People assume that horizontal stripes aren't flattering, but this simple dress proves otherwise.

Crazy Colorful Maxi Dresses

  • 1. N Natori Congo Caftan Dress, $28+, Amazon

Caftans aren't just for the beach or poolside hangs, you can easily pair a dress like this with wedge sandals for a day out.

  • 2. Yidarton Summer Blue And White Porcelain Strapless Boho Maxi Dress, $13+, Amazon

A strapless, ruffled style is a great, flattering maxi dress option for vacation and dates at the beach.

  • 3. Roxy Brilliant Stars Dress, $38+, Amazon

The smocked neck and relaxed fit of this dress make it an ideal dress to throw on for warm spring days.

The best Plus Size Maxi Dresses

  • 1. Ruffle Detail Maxi Dress, $120, Eloquii

This print is perfect for transitioning between seasons, especially during unpredictable weather. The cut of the dress allows it to be dressed up with a cute pair of heels or dressed down with some stylish white sneakers.

  • 2. INC International Concepts Plus Size Off-The-Shoulder High-Low Dress, $66 (usually $110), Macy's

This floral dress highlights the shape in all the right places with the rushed waist, off-the-shoulder cut and high-low shape.

The best Petite Maxi Dresses

  • 1. Loveappella V-Neck Jersey Maxi Dress, $68, Nordstrom

This maxi can take you from running errands with the kids all day straight to a casual summer date night. It comes in black, midnight blue and red.

  • 2. Fashion Union Petite Dobby Floral Maxi Dress, $60, ASOS

Want to get a little more dressed up, but still look effortless? Throw on this floral print for a chic and ultra-summery look that promises to fit a petite figure.

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