The #1 Way to Wear This Type of Dress

We can’t deny the comfort of a long dress and flip-flops, but we’ll be the first to tell you that the comfy look isn’t winning you any style points in the summer of 2015. Since long flowing dresses are a go-to summer uniform for many women, we’ve made it one of our summer style missions to show you how to look cool while flaunting a long dress. When styled right, these floor-sweeping frocks take on an ethereal vibe that’s beautiful for summer, both day and night. To ensure you’re wearing yours in the most stylish way possible, read on and take note!

Scroll down to see 16 examples of the right way to don a long dress, and to shop an assortment of our favourites this season!

Pair it with pants:

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Keep a breezy style grounded by pairing with platforms:

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Capitalise on its versatility by layering:

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Long-sleeve maxi dresses always look cool:

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Interesting accessories take a simple maxi dress from ho-hum to head-turning:

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Top it with a leather moto jacket:

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Turtlenecks bring a surprising edginess to maxi dresses:

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A sleek maxi dress paired with structured accessories is the most city-friendly look:

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Pair with structured pieces to make it office appropriate:

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Forgo flip-flops for strappy leather sandals:

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A long shirtdress is the best kind of shirtdress, in our opinion:

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A feminine maxi dress with white sneakers is a perfect outfit combination this summer:

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Keep your pretty dress from skimming the ground with the help of a pair of wedge-heel platforms:

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Long outerwear looks surprisingly cool with a longer-hem dress:

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Abstract patterns temper brightly coloured maxi dresses:

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Oversize maxi dresses should be lightweight and breezy. Ankle-tie shoes are the perfect on-trend pairing:

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Shop irresistible maxi dresses (nary a jersey knit in sight!):

Zara Long Striped Dress ($40) in Black/White

Throw this on with your gladiator sandals and go!

Reformation Clara Dress ($258)

Reformation is an excellent source for stylish maxi dresses. Case in point.

Tibi Silk Handkerchief-Hem Dress ($595) in Momo Peach

This dress is so versatile—wear it everywhere, from a wedding to brunch!

Madewell Off-the-Shoulder Maxi Dress ($158) in Pure White

Put this dress at the top of your vacation shopping list.

Topshop Fringe Stitch Maxi Dress ($90) in Red

Try wearing this fringed number with white sneakers.

A.L.C. Brock Maxi Dress ($625) in Black

This black maxi dress has closet-staple potential.

For Love & Lemons Breezy Maxi Dress ($282) in White

Try this one over pants (trust us!).

Free People Hey Beau Maxi ($160) in Desert Stripe

This cool dress is made for summer weekends.

Chloé Silk-Voile Maxi Dress ($3580)

Yes, it’s definitely a splurge, but a breathtaking one at that!

Christy Dawn The Piper Dress ($188) in Striped Linen

Keep this one pretty and simple by pairing with neutral accessories.

Next up! How to wear a maxi dress and look modern.