Twirl Into Warm Weather in These 11 Casual Summer Maxi Dresses

Dresses are our love language. As soon as the temperature climbs above 60 degrees, you better bet we’re whipping out our sundresses, stat. And one of the first items we pull out from under our bed to embrace warm weather? Summer maxi dresses. There’s just something about wearing a long, flowy dress that makes us feel relaxed and romantic—and TBH that’s the energy we want to channel this summer.

Summer maxi dresses are total wardrobe chameleons; dress them up with heels and gold jewelry or down with sandals and minimal accessories. Ideal for brunches, wedding showers, and dates, casual summer maxi dresses fit the bill for nearly every warm-weather event—and did we mention how comfortable they are? Wearing a summer maxi dress is equivalent to stepping outside in our nightgown, which we’re totally on board with.

Especially, after living in sweats for months on end, we deserve to indulge in a wardrobe refresh. So, what are you waiting for? Shop 11 casual summer maxi dresses below.

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Free People Heat Haze Maxi Dress

When it comes to comfortable, casual summer maxi dresses, Free People knows what it’s doing. Case in point: This smocked and pleated spaghetti strap dress that comes in seven summery colors. We’ll take a few, please.

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Lulus The Way to Love White Ruffled Maxi Dress

Did someone say date night? This white summer maxi dress oozes romantic vibes—from the ruffled straps to the front cutout to the cinched bodice to the thigh-high slit, we’ll be the star of the show anywhere in this look.

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Love Stitch Gauze Maxi Dress

If you’re looking for a versatile summer maxi dress that can carry you from brunch with the girls to a walk in the park to date night, you’ve found your pick. Choose between 18 colors and prepare to live in this lightweight, breathable fabric even on the hottest summer days.

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BB Dakota Arianna Sleeveless Tiered Cotton Maxi Dress

Simple and sophisticated, this affordable summer maxi dress is perfect for those days when you just don’t want to pick out an outfit. Throw this flowy dress on, step out of the door, and take on the day in comfort and style. Choose between six bright colors.

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Free People Time to Shine Printed Maxi

We’re suckers for an open back, and the high neck on this floral maxi dress makes the exposed back even more alluring. Choose between burnt orange and cream or burgundy and teal for the perfect summer wedding guest dress.

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Lulus My Love Story White Floral Print Tie-Back Midi Dress

You can’t go wrong with a floral print in the summer, especially when it’s in this light blue and purple cottagecore style. We can already see ourselves twirling around an outdoor dance floor or hosting a picnic in this lovely number.

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Tiare Hawaii Naia Dress

Searching for the perfect beachy summer maxi dress? Look no further than this tie-dye, tiered dream of a dress. We’re seeing visions of our toes in the sand and the sunset coating us in a golden glow while wearing this one.

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Madewell Lazy Daisies Ruffle Tiered Maxi Dress

Bring on all the ruffles. This short-sleeved summer maxi dress is serving vintage vibes—and we’re into it. Perfect for brunch with the parents, we’ll be pairing this dress with white sneakers and strutting our stuff all day long.

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Lulu's My Sweet Side Pale Blush Tiered Ruffled Maxi Dress

With a tiered skirt and ruffled neckline, this summer maxi dress is giving us Bridgerton vibes. Dress it up for date night with wedges or down for daytime fun with sneakers.

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Billabong Sunrise Tiered Maxi Dress

Step back into the regency era in this Bridgerton-esque dress with puff sleeves, a sweetheart neckline, and flounce hemline. Top it off with the sunny floral print and you have a summer maxi dress you’ll be wearing on repeat.

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Free People August Nights Maxi Dress

Could there be a more perfect name for a summer maxi dress than “August Nights”? We think not. And there also couldn’t be a more perfect option for dancing the night away than this timeless and comfortable racerback maxi dress which comes in four gorgeous colors.