The Unlikely Dress Shape We’re Obsessed With Right Now

I’m a miniskirt girl through and through. I like cutoff jean shorts. I don’t mind strapless tops, off the shoulder tops, or halters. And summer is prime time for all of it. But lately, I’ve been loving long-sleeved maxi dresses. The vintage-inspired silhouette that’s new to me (but popularized by bohemian greats like Stevie Nicks) is — I would venture to say — more comfortable than any other summer threads and packs way more of a sartorial punch.

There’s a difference here, too, that this dress shape has let me realize. See, it’s sensual — but not sexy. It’s sophisticated, but not try-hard. It immediately transforms you into of some kind of floating moon goddess. Which is just an added bonus for a frock you can wear in a rolling chair at your desk. Best of all, when worn with flats, it’s a great little number for beach-to-drinks days. Point is: I’m a maxi, flowy, covered-up, but still somehow flattering dress convert. And you should try it, too. Ahead, nine options I’m crushing on.

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A jaw-droppingly cool wrap dress from Ganni with robe-like lapels and a subtle floral print.

Ganni Lorita Wrap Dress, $129, available at The Outnet


The leopards hiding within this tropical flora + fauna print dress is unexpected and waiting to fill your closet with whimsy.

Glamorous Long Sleeve Dress, $79.96, available at Nelly


A disco-friendly silhouette from Asos gets a modern update with knife pleats.

ASOS DESIGN Pleated Trapeze Maxi Dress, $72, available at ASOS


Op art stripes lend this cotton Tory Burch column a downtown edge.

Tory Burch Long Stripe Dress, $194, available at Yoox


Let all of your friends think you plucked this delicate Edwardian-feeling frock from an overstuffed rack at Brimfield — they’ll never know it’s from the Southern California vintage-redux label Novella Royale.

Novella Royale The Heather Dress, $245, available at Free People


The classic, wear-all-summer shirtdress from People Tree, a London-based brand that specializes in sustainable, fair-trade products.

People Tree Ginny Stripe Shirt Dress, $180, available at Antidote+


No shrinking violets here — you’ll only stand out in this groovy floral print from Eloquii.

Eloquii Printed Wrap Maxi Dress, $79.95, available at Eloquii


Thanks to a summery organza fabrication, Staud’s Rose Dress won’t weigh you down, despite covering most of your extremities.

Staud Rose Dress, $295, available at Staud


& Other Stories nails the bohemian-dress archetype with a no-fuss frock in a buttercup yellow.

& Other Stories Billowy Prairie Maxi Dress, $125, available at & Other Stories


The dainty, antique-feeling print on this Chelsea28 maxi dress gets a modern update, thanks to the rich contrast of warm and cool tones.

Chelsea28 Floral Print Faux Wrap Maxi Dress, $149, available at Nordstrom

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