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Seven Summer Maxi Dresses You Will Never Want to Take Off

Want to keep those cankles under wraps? Getting dressed just got easier.

Image courtesy of Revolve

A light breezy maxi dress might just be the perfect piece of summer clothing. Not only does it keep you cool and comfortable, it also allows you to get dressed—and out the door—in less than five minutes without looking like a sack of groceries. Additionally, for me, there is another major selling point to maxi dresses: They cover up your legs! Of course, if you love your legs, this last benefit will be lost on you (thigh-high Angelina Joli-style slits were made for you). But for those of us with cankles and other sensitive lower body issues, maxi dresses are a godsend. Here are a few other maxi dress style pointers for the pear-shaped among us:

1. Avoid tents

At least some part of the dress should be fitted so you can see your shape.

2. Show some skin

Since a lot of skin is covered up, you want to highlight the parts of your body you do feel good about: think toned arms, shapely shoulders, a Pure Barre-trained tush.

3. Pay attention to fabric

Stretchy jersey maxi dresses work for the beach and maybe a very casual weekend but they can look sloppy in the real world. For a more polished vibe, look for rayon or a cotton blend.

4. Add volume up top if you are flat chested

A bit of strategically placed ruffles or a tiered top add bulk where needed, helping to define your waist.

5. See through panels = your cankles’ BFF

A bit of transparency from the knee down gives the illusion of skin without making you feel overexposed.



Figue Maya cold-shoulder printed cotton-blend gauze dress, $595, 

Riviera Maxi Dress Tiare Hawaii$123,


Tory Burch Amita Dress, $598,

Striped spaghetti-strap dress, $168.00,


Parker Bellaire Combo Dress, $378,

Free People Maxi dress, $128, 

X Revolve Eduarda Maxi Dress, ale by alessandra, $228, 

Amy Synnott

Amy Synnott

Founding Editor
Amy Synnott is the founder of The Beautiful Now. A graduate of the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, Amy spent most of her career at InStyle magazine, where she worked as a the Beauty Director from 2000-2013 and the Executive Editor from 2013-2016. Originally from Boston, Amy currently lives in NYC with her husband, two children, and Labrador, Lucy.