4 Distinctly Modern Ways To Do The Summer Maxi Dress

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In the summer—when the temperature often lingers around a stifling 90 degrees—it’s easy to want to throw in the style towel altogether and don cutoffs and tank tops from now until September. Don’t give in to that urge. Enter: the maxi dress. Easy-breezy yet appropriate for a variety of settings, the flowy frock is a savior when it comes to heat-wave style. Here, 4 Team Zoe staffers breathe new life into the oh-so-necessary staple.

Jennifer Ash, Accessories Editor

"I'm short, so I look for midi-length dresses because they end up being just cropped enough to show off my shoes. I love a classic fabric like denim because it gives you a little more freedom to have fun with bright, colorful accessories."

Photos: Austin Starrett Winchell

Get Jenn's Look

Colorblock Cuff

$24

Stella & Dot

Modern Screw Cuff in Rose

$200

Miansai

Jui Clutch

$97

Star Mela

Loop Knot Ankle Tie Heels

$420

Zimmermann

Wanderer Cuff

$34

Stella & Dot

Palma Denim Dress

$495

Rachel Comey

Courtney Ross, Executive Assistant

"Outside might be sweltering, but it's smart to keep a layer on hand for air-conditioned spaces. I like dressing up a super-casual dress with more glamorous pieces, like a biker jacket and gold jewelry. Even if you just throw the jacket over your shoulders, it immediately makes the outfit look polished."

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Skinny Collar Necklace

$195

Alexis Bittar

Biker Jacket

$40

Mango

Nail Polish in Judo Red

$25

Victoria Beckham

Gold Plated Bracelet

$175

Eddie Borgo

Chase Tiered Leather Mule Sandals

$194

Tibi

Luca Caftan Midi Dress

$209

Riller & Fount

Michaela Bushkin, The Zoe Report Contributor

"I love the way the recent Valentino shows have been all about romantic dresses paired with casual footwear. I took inspiration from the runway when putting my look together. It's such a cool and comfortable take on the maxi dress."

Get Michaela's Look

Sofia High Gladiator Sandals

$320

Ancient Greek Sandals

Lush Fruit Lip Gloss

$22

Bite Beauty

Sofia Natural Tote

$3,053

Salvatore Ferragamo

Esplanade Flute Dress

$850

Zimmermann

Mel Chalian, Executive Assistant

"Effortless and comfortable is my style mantra for summer. Case in point: This gauzy white dress and my lived-in denim jacket are in constant rotation. When wearing them together I like to give the look a bit of an Americana spin with rustic jewelry and slip-on espadrilles."

Get Mel's Look

Fringe Espadrilles

$495

Chloé

Arrowhead Pendant Necklace

$650

Pamela Love

Drape Back Maxi Dress

$155

Skin

Trucker Jacket

$127

Levi's®

Nail Polish in Fever Pink

$35

Tom Ford Beauty