Let's get real: We want to wear nothing but maxi dresses from now until October. Sure, slip dresses are sexy and pleated skirts are sweet, but when the heat of summer really turns up we worship at the alter of the maxi dress as the season's most perfect apparel. Why? Because it makes elegance easy. You can wear it with flip flops and still look incredibly classy. That kind of easy.
The brilliant thing about maxi dresses made from linen, cotton, jersey and silk is that they offer the visual appeal of a formal gown with the comfort of your favorite little sundress. Without getting too philosophical, maxi dresses really represent a lifestyle. Days of leisure, barefoot dinner parties, long seaside strolls...Yes, you can get all that from a dress. And, like we said, they look great with flat sandals, be they covered in jewels or more sleek and sporty.
With so many silhouettes to choose from—empire, high-waisted, shift, column, drop-waist—there's a style to flatter any and every body type. Some of our favorites this season include a sleek peach maxi dress from MSGM with a feminine ruffle and Saloni's billowing high-neck dress. Both would be just as at home on the dancefloor of your next summer wedding or layered under a denim jacket for errands around town.
A religion, a lifestyle or just a dress? Shop our favorite maxi dresses for summer 2014 in the gallery above and decide for yourself.