Can't Find Maxi Dresses For Sale Anymore? Try This Instead...

Photgoraphed by Christian Vierig.
Made of a soft, cozy cotton jersey, with a flattering bodice that cinched, but didn't suffocate, and with a flowing skirt that kissed the floor, the maxi-dress was probably the best thing to happen to summer fashion since deodorant was invented. It looked extra-fancy while being deceivingly comfortable. The only problem is that now, in 2016, maxi-dresses aren't really in stores anymore. Do a quick search on Shopstyle or Polyvore and you'll notice that the pages and pages of available maxi dresses have been reduced to just a handful.
But instead of resigning yourself to a summer of no new dresses, please note that the maxi-dress has ushered in a new style of frock that's reminiscent of everything you loved — but better. We're calling it the daytime gown. It's long (hems are anywhere between a midi and a maxi), dramatically flowy, and made in materials that are a bit fancier than cotton jersey. They can be body-skimming or tent-like — the point is that with a little more structure (and a heel), they could be cocktail attire. But paired with flats, sunglasses, and a glass of rosé, they're definitely a.m. appropriate. Click through to see how maxi lovers are surviving this summer.
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Photgoraphed by Christian Vierig.
For those easing into the daytime gown, a sheer boho dress is universally flattering and obviously meant for casual situations. Wear it with ankle boots and a belt to give it a polished edge.
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Fancier cocktail dresses get dressed down with a pair of canvas plimsolls. The more scuffed up, the better.
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A flowy dress worn with a chunky heel makes for a great summertime work look. If you're nervous about all that volume, keep things in place with a sturdy belt...
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...or forgo the belt and just embrace those tent vibes.
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Though it sounds counterintuitive, a longer sleeve makes dresses feel more casual. This silk dress might have been too formal for daytime if it was sleeveless.
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This pretty dress works for after-dark hours, but looks sunny with a pair of ankle boots.
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