The Best Plus-Size Maxi-Dresses To Sport All Summer Long

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It’s summer dress season, and everywhere you look there’s a beautiful plus-size person donning flowy frocks of all shapes and sizes in the boldest colors and prints. And while we’ve got love for hem length all along the height spectrum, we’re here today to make a case for the tried-and-true maxi dress by giving you some solid plus-size options to rock all summer long.

One reason to love the maxi dress is its relentless versatility — depending on your styling and accessorizing creativity, the options are endless. You can tie the side of it to make it a midi dress for the day or add a light jacket for a layered-up look. When the mercury begins to dip slightly with the turning of leaves, they’ll play nice with insulating layers like turtlenecks and leggings.

Whether you’re looking to round out your assortment of summer wardrobe staples or you just want to beef up your long sundress repertoire, we’ve rounded up some of the best maxi frocks a person could want. Click through the scrumptious sartorial options below, and let us know what your favorite things to wear over summer in the comments.

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<br><br><strong>Bhanuni by Jyoti</strong> Floral Contrast Maxi Dress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.anthropologie.com%2Fshop%2Ffloral-contrast-maxi-dress%3Fcolor%3D038%26type%3DPLUS%26quantity%3D1" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Anthropologie" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Anthropologie</a>


Bhanuni by Jyoti Floral Contrast Maxi Dress, $, available at Anthropologie
<br><br><strong>Staud</strong> CORSICA DRESS | TOMATO WILD ORCHID ES, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fstaud.clothing%2Fcollections%2Fextended-sizes%2Fproducts%2Fcorsica-dress-tomato-wild-orchid-es%3Fvariant%3D39582505795757" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Staud" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Staud</a>


Staud CORSICA DRESS | TOMATO WILD ORCHID ES, $, available at Staud
<br><br><strong>Maeve</strong> Botanical Cut-Out Maxi Dress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.anthropologie.com%2Fshop%2Fmaeve-botanical-cut-out-maxi-dress%3Fcategory%3Dplus-size-dresses%26color%3D054%26type%3DPLUS%26viewcode%3Dc%26quantity%3D1" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Anthropologie" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Anthropologie</a>


Maeve Botanical Cut-Out Maxi Dress, $, available at Anthropologie
<br><br><strong>Eloquii</strong> Ruffle Satin Dress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.eloquii.com%2Fruffle-satin-dress%2F1228001.html%3Fdwvar_1228001_colorCode%3D100" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Eloquii" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Eloquii</a>


Eloquii Ruffle Satin Dress, $, available at Eloquii
<br><br><strong>Anthropologie</strong> Elyse Printed Bias Slip Dress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.anthropologie.com%2Fshop%2Felyse-printed-bias-slip-dress%3Fcategory%3Dplus-size-dresses%26color%3D029%26type%3DPLUS%26viewcode%3Dc%26quantity%3D1" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Anthropologie" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Anthropologie</a>


Anthropologie Elyse Printed Bias Slip Dress, $, available at Anthropologie
<br><br><strong>Eloquii</strong> Smocked Bodice Chambray Dress | Women's Plus Size Dress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.eloquii.com%2Fsmocked-bodice-chambray-dress%2F1247702.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Eloquii" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Eloquii</a>


Eloquii Smocked Bodice Chambray Dress | Women's Plus Size Dress, $, available at Eloquii
<br><br><strong>Anthropologie</strong> Smocked Ruffle Maxi Dress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.anthropologie.com%2Fshop%2Fsmocked-ruffle-maxi-dress%3Fcolor%3D070%26type%3DPLUS%26quantity%3D1" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Anthropologie" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Anthropologie</a>


Anthropologie Smocked Ruffle Maxi Dress, $, available at Anthropologie
<br><br><strong>A New Day</strong> Flutter Sleeveless Dress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fgoto.target.com%2FdoRgZK" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Target" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Target</a>


A New Day Flutter Sleeveless Dress, $, available at Target
<br><br><strong>Rebdolls</strong> Rebdolls "Sky High" High Slit Bodycon Maxi Dress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Frebdolls.com%2Fcollections%2Fnew-arrivals%2Fproducts%2Frebdolls-sky-high-high-slit-bodycon-maxi-dress" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Rebdolls" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Rebdolls</a>


Rebdolls Rebdolls "Sky High" High Slit Bodycon Maxi Dress, $, available at Rebdolls
<br><br><strong>Max Studio</strong> Smocked Bodice Tie Shoulder Maxi Dress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nordstromrack.com%2Fs%2Fsmocked-bodice-tie-shoulder-maxi-dress-plus-size%2F6106779" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Nordstrom" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Nordstrom</a>


Max Studio Smocked Bodice Tie Shoulder Maxi Dress, $, available at Nordstrom
<br><br><strong>Madewell</strong> Plus Rickrack Cattail Tiered Dress in Gingham Check, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.madewell.com%2Fplus-rickrack-cattail-tiered-dress-in-gingham-check-NA661.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Madewell" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Madewell</a>


Madewell Plus Rickrack Cattail Tiered Dress in Gingham Check, $, available at Madewell
<br><br><strong>Universal Standard</strong> Emily Cupro Maxi Dress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.universalstandard.com%2Fproducts%2Femily-cupro-maxi-dress-black" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Universal Standard" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Universal Standard</a>


Universal Standard Emily Cupro Maxi Dress, $, available at Universal Standard
<br><br><strong>Caslon</strong> Textured Cotton Sleeveless Maxi Dress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nordstrom.com%2Fs%2Fcaslon-textured-cotton-sleeveless-maxi-dress-plus-size%2F5833247%3Forigin%3Dkeywordsearch-personalizedsort%26breadcrumb%3DHome%252FAll%2520Results%26color%3D600" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Nordstrom" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Nordstrom</a>


Caslon Textured Cotton Sleeveless Maxi Dress, $, available at Nordstrom
<br><br><strong>Old Navy</strong> Tiered Embroidered Maxi Swing Plus-Size Sundress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Foldnavy.gap.com%2Fbrowse%2Fproduct.do%3Fpid%3D699563002" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Old Navy" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Old Navy</a>


Old Navy Tiered Embroidered Maxi Swing Plus-Size Sundress, $, available at Old Navy

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