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Amazon's bestselling $27 maxi dress is my go-to summer staple

The loose-fitting style boasts pockets and is perfect for summer.
Kristin Granero / TODAY
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Come spring and summer, I practically live in dresses.

While they might seem more intimidating (or “dressed-up”) than the typical top-and-bottom combo to most, I find them to be just the opposite. Because they’re one piece, I don’t need to fuss over putting an outfit together (with the exception of throwing on a pair of wedges and a dangly earring).

Plus, if you’re doing it right, they’re loose enough that you won't have anything cutting into you throughout the day, which is especially important when you’re going to be wearing something for a long time.

Needless to say, I couldn’t help but become intrigued when I heard rumors of a certain maxi (with pockets no less!) picking up momentum on Amazon.

Grecerelle Casual Maxi Dress

Could this be the next Orolay coat or miracle swimsuit? I was eager to find out.

I decided to try out the $27 maxi dress with a 4.2-star rating and over 6,000 verified reviews to get a sense of its versatility, comfortable material and flattering fit.

It comes in plenty of colors

One of the things reviewers seemed to appreciate about the dress is that it comes in an extensive range of colors and patterns, including purples, greens, florals and a few fancy hues like “wine red.”

I, however, am located in New York and therefore live in black, so I decided to take a realistic (read: boring) approach and go with the old standby. I opted for the short-sleeved version, but there’s also a long-sleeved version if that’s more your speed.

It’s as soft as the reviews say it is

After waiting a few days, my dress had arrived and was "prime" (see what I did there?) for a spin.

The first thing I noticed upon my unboxing was the material. It’s a blend of 95% rayon and 5% spandex that lived up to the listing description of “stretchy, soft and comfy.”

I was also excited to see that, unlike other maxi dresses I’ve ordered online, it was free of wrinkles so I didn’t have to worry about having to press or steam it before heading out the door (another big sell for me).

Amazon Maxi Dress
Courtesy of Kristin Granero

It fits true to size

Not only did the dress fit perfectly (I’m 5 feet, 4 inches and ordered a small), but the neckline, pockets and (especially important for me) slits fell right in place — no wardrobe malfunctions here!

I decided to add some flair to the style with an embossed cognac belt, matching block heels and my go-to tote, and was out the door fast. Not only was the dress perfect for dinner (hello, wiggle room), but I also received tons of compliments.

The real sign of a successful purchase: I won the coveted approval of my sister and mother. Plus, one of my friends was so convinced that she went on to purchase the style for herself in not one, but two colors.

The story was originally published on May 16, 2019.

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