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When it comes to getting dressed, most of us are looking for an easy, comfortable style that makes us look automatically dressed up with little to no effort involved. That’s where the maxi dress comes in.
The benefits of a maxi dress are endless. Whether you constantly find yourself running late or caught in a style rut, an understated long dress has many advantages. Most styles are flattering no matter your shape or size, you can wear comfortable shoes that won’t show, and it’s perfect for every occasion.
And just because summer has finally arrived, it doesn’t mean you’ll have to put your maxi dress away come the fall and the cooler months. The length of a maxi dress easily transitions throughout the seasons by simply throwing on a leather jacket over your shoulders or layering up.
Today, the maxi dress in question is ranked Amazon’s No.1 best-selling style under the women’s dress category. The short-sleeved silhouette is just the wardrobe essential your closet is missing. With nearly 14,000 reviews and a 4.4 star-rating, the affordable dress comes in over 25 different colorways and ranges in sizes XS to 3XL.
Ahead, our editors at In The Know took the best seller for a spin and tried out the dress on three different body types. Check out what the team had to say about the beloved summer staple below.
Laura Galvan, Height: 5’1″ Wearing size: XS
On the fit: “As someone who’s on the more petite side, this dress just barely grazes the floor in flats, which makes it the perfect length so I don’t have to worry about tripping! I like that the top is more fitted while the rest of the dress pleats at the waistline. Also, the fact that it has pockets is a win in my book.
And to be totally honest, I love the fact that I don’t have to worry about shaving my legs when wearing a maxi.”
On the fabrication: “The fabric of this dress is super comfortable given the affordable price tag. It’s not too thick or too thin and has the perfect amount of stretch. I wore a nude bra under this dress and I was pleasantly surprised that you couldn’t see any of my undergarments due to the white hue. “
Would you recommend? “The best part about this dress is the versatility. You can seriously wear this dress anywhere. To the office? Check. To a backyard barbeque or out to dinner? Check. Running errands? Check. I really can’t think of an occasion where this dress wouldn’t be appropriate (aside from a black-tie affair, of course!) I would definitely recommend this dress, especially when it comes to traveling. This is the easiest piece to throw in your carry-on for an instantly elevated dress no matter the event. “
Arielle Bines, Height: 5’10” Wearing size: XXL
On the fit: “I love how long it is. Most maxi dresses are never hitting my ankle but this one does. Plus, when I tie it at the bottom it shows my hourglass figure.”
On the fabrication: “The dress feels pretty high-quality, considering how lightweight it is. But the fabric definitely feels kind of expensive but super soft and comfortable.”
Would you recommend? “Honestly, I would wear it to the bodega (which is where I went after these photos were taken), to work, even as a cover-up to the beach because it’s so simple and it goes with so many different things. You can style it in so many different ways. It’s a basic piece that everybody should have in their closet. I’d even get it in several colors. Definitely perfect for lazying about the house doing chores, really anything — especially during hot summer days.”
Julia Webb, Height: 5’11” Wearing size: S
On the fit: “I was surprised at how much I ended up liking this dress. I’m pretty tall so I expected this maxi dress to be a bit short on me, but it actually hit perfectly just below my ankles (so it might be a little long on my petite friends). And as another major plus, it has pockets!”
Fabrications: “The fabric is super soft and has just the right amount of stretch to it. And even though I got a primarily white dress, I didn’t find the material to be too thin or transparent. While snakes aren’t my thing, this pattern felt fun and unique without being overly busy.”
Would you recommend? “I would wear this dress almost anywhere. I love that it’s work-appropriate but still something I’d feel good wearing when having lunch with friends. It’s also comfortable enough that I’d be happy spending all day in it. I’d definitely recommend the dress to a friend, and since it’s so affordable, I would be sure to shout out that it comes in over 25 different colors!”
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