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Technically a Maxi is ankle length or to the floor, but would you ever use the term for an evening gown? The original 60’s terminology arose when young women started wearing long, peasant/gypsy-like day dresses. These maxis adhere to that maxim. Great for patio entertaining, casual summer restaurants and resorts, none is sufficiently formal to wear to an affair, though all can be dressed up and taken out to play.

Dahliah Print Grecian Maxi

Light and airy, this feminine version of the trend should be kept fresh looking- only the most delicate jewelry, white or metallic sandals; perhaps a flower in your hair. The look will take years off or flatter your actual youth. Pretty and practical; packable for seasonal excursions. Elastic strapless design with unique hand-painted looking floral artwork original to Calypso St. Barth. Interior tie. Long, clean silhouette. Figure forgiving. 100% polyester. $395.00

Diane von Furstenberg New York Krystal Print Maxi Dress

This ethnic print dress will look terrific with a tan. Wear woven, wood, bone; natural jewelry or crystal for a dressier, lighter look. Bangles are in, in, in. Try multiples with different muted colors-add a single orange one. A big neckpiece and/or extra long earrings will also look grand with this, but don’t feel compelled. Careful with your lipstick color-no real reds here. Hot orange, black and white printed cotton strapless dress features self-tie fastening at the back with scooped cut-out section. Two deep patch-pockets at the sides. Contrasting printed fabric insert. 100% cotton. Cool hand wash. $300.00 (Also, opening photo).

Alice by Temperley Mexican Printed Jersey Dress

A little more covered, this version will suit an older woman. It’s bright, graphic design calls for bold accessories in blues, black, hot pink and/or white. Silver, not gold, if you lean towards metallic. Bigger is better with this dress, anything else will disappear. Hot pink nail polish. Multicolored jersey, fully lined. Wrap-front effect, gathered fitted waist, concealed zipper fastening at the side. Can be hand washed. $500.00

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Dolce & Gabbana SS12 Tiered Printed Silk Chiffon Dress

A Rolls Royce of maxis, this gorgeous number will elicit sighs of envy from every woman in the room. It’s chic, sophisticated, confident and very now. With a nod to the gypsy model that began it all, it’s also fun. And fabulous for dancing. From home patio to yacht club. If there’s paparazzi around, you will get shot (as it were). Tiered and draped riot of mixed scarf prints. Self-ties at elasticized waist, ties at halter neck. 100% silk. $3165.00

Alice & Olivia Wade Maxi Tank Dress

This is a young one, even possibly braless. Easy, beachy feel. Cheerful as a fiesta. Hang those paper lanterns! Go a little out there with accessories- fabric? Paper mache? This is a bit retro, a bit kitschy. Show you’re in on the wink. Falls above the ankle to show off your pedicure and pretty sandals. Fitted, sleeveless, scoop neck, rayon tank top and loose, multicolored, fully lined skirt of silk/spandex. Exposed back zipper with hook and eye closure. Elastic waistline with detachable, wide lizard print belt. $440.00

Windblown Anemone Maxi Dress

Look at the way this one moves. Another figure-forgiving, easy for summer silhouette. Painterly design but bold in scale offers the opportunity to have fun with colored accessories, but nothing too heavy with this dress. Keep your hair simple as well; there’s enough going on. Dress up or down. Adjustable, modern, geometric straps offer structural contrast to the flow of petal strewn silk. Side snappers, fully lined. $298.00

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