4 Distinctly Modern Ways To Do The Summer Maxi Dress


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


Stella & Dot

Modern Screw Cuff in Rose



Jui Clutch


Star Mela

Loop Knot Ankle Tie Heels



Wanderer Cuff


Stella & Dot

Palma Denim Dress


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."

Get Courtney's Look

Skinny Collar Necklace


Alexis Bittar

Biker Jacket



Nail Polish in Judo Red


Victoria Beckham

Gold Plated Bracelet


Eddie Borgo

Chase Tiered Leather Mule Sandals



Luca Caftan Midi Dress


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."

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Sofia High Gladiator Sandals


Ancient Greek Sandals

Lush Fruit Lip Gloss


Bite Beauty

Sofia Natural Tote


Salvatore Ferragamo

Esplanade Flute Dress



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



Arrowhead Pendant Necklace


Pamela Love

Drape Back Maxi Dress



Trucker Jacket



Nail Polish in Fever Pink


Tom Ford Beauty