On days when you’re faced with the dilemma of wanting to wear a flirty dress without being “too much,” the maxi is the fashionable solution. The floor-grazing dress perfectly melds the world of casual and chic. And with the heated days of August on the horizon, a maxi is an effortless way to stay cool.

You can also get added mileage out of it this fall with the addition of some layered pieces. Few garments are as versatile as this one, so whether you’re on the quest for a dress that’s sexy, sophisticated or something in between, we’ve got you covered with six maxi dresses under $100. 

For Every Body

J. Crew Factory V-Neck Maxidress ($35, factory.jcrew.com)



It doesn’t get any more universally flattering than this coral frock. The V-neck compliments a small or large bust, and the empire waist fits at the narrowest part of the body. Also, throw a denim or leather jacket over this bad boy for a transitional fall look.

For the Casual Woman

Merona Kimono Sleeve Maxi Dress ($15, target.com)

Women tend to stray away from wearing stripes, out of fear they’ll make them appear larger. But when stripes are thin and on a bias, they actually flatter curves. The dress further compliments any figure thanks to the built-in belt. A neon flat sandal stands out perfectly against the neutral tones.

For the Trendsetter

Like Mynded Maxi Dress ($88, nordstrom.com)

Prints still reign supreme, and a single garment like this makes diving into the trend easy. This maxi has a dressier feel, perfect for an outdoor wedding or date night.

For the Vixen

Love Maxi Dress with High Neck ($43, asos.com)

Though maxis tend to be loose and free flowing, this one is in a different class. The body con fit and high slit give it certified stunner status. Throw on a strappy open toe heel and let it peek from under the dress.

For the Cute and Ladylike

Dorothy Perkins Pink Pleat Detail Maxi ($89, dorothyperkins.com)

Pleats may be dainty, but they’re not boring thanks to a bold hue. Stack on chunky bangles to edge up an otherwise feminine dress.

For the Minimalist

Topshop Strappy Cami Maxii Dress ($36, topshop.com)

You can look at a little white dress as a boring addition to your closet or as a clean canvas you can have fun with. Layer on a statement necklace and step into your favorite colorful flats for a day of errands or an outdoor festival.

—Patrice J. Williams

Patrice J. Williams is a NYC-based writer and budget style expert behind Looking Fly on a Dime. She dishes on fashionable, affordable solutions for those who want to look their best without maxing out their budget. Her motto is your style is never determined by your wallet. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram for daily fashion updates.



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