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.