14 Casual Maxi Dresses to Throw On and Go

Hilary George-Parkin 
PHOTO:Sandra Semburg

On the West Coast, a casual maxi dress is an undisputed wardrobe essential—or so I’ve gathered from the many L.A. bloggers I follow on Instagram, all of whom seem to have enviable houseplant collections and matcha-making skills. Like a jumpsuit, a long dress is a one-and-done outfit but with the added bonus of flowy silhouettes and billowy skirts. (A maxi dress also doesn’t require you to get fully naked every time you use the restroom, an obvious plus).

Because of the long skirt on a maxi dress, it’s a more full-coverage piece by nature, but you can mix it up by selecting versions with low necklines, body-skimming silhouettes, or side slits. And since the vibe you’re probably going for is low-key, flats are clearly the winning option.

Below, shop 14 relaxed maxi dresses to wear now.

casual maxi dresses
Zara Long Striped Dress ($40)

So comfy but chic enough to wear to a nice dinner.

Ulla Johnson Arian Striped Cotton Reversible Maxi Dress ($345)

Wear this dress with the crossover straps cinched at the front (as shown above) or reverse it for a classic square neckline.

Marina Rinaldi Long Jersey Dress ($320)

Equally chic with sneakers and with heels.

Mara Hoffman Faye Dress ($425)

The fall-friendly version of summer’s gingham trend.

Mango Contrasting Denim Dress ($60)

All denim, all the time.

Clayton Gwen Maxi Dress ($125)

You can’t go wrong with a good T-shirt dress.

slip dress
Ganni Floral-Print Satin Dress ($280)

Leave it to Ganni to make us feel like we need yet another slip dress.

casual maxi dresses
Trois Devon Dress ($225)

An ideal cold-weather date dress if we ever saw one.

plus size maxi dresses
ASOS City Maxi Tea Dress in Floral Print ($48)

Hugs your curves in all the right places.

casual maxi dresses
Madewell Wrap-Front Maxi Dress in Estate Floral ($148)

Perfect for a day of brunch and vintage shopping.

casual maxi dresses
Christy Dawn The Delphine Dress ($220)

The lace-up back is subtly flirty.

shirt dress
Equipment Johanna Silk Maxi ($468)

One of our favorite takes on the pajama-dressing trend.

American Giant Premium Maxi T Dress ($69)

The brand behind your favorite hoodie and leggings is taking on the T-shirt dress—and nailed it.

The Lace cotton maxi dress
Current/Elliott The Lace Cotton Maxi Dress ($318)

Style this with a leather jacket for a contrast of tough and delicate.

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