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7 Budget-Friendly Summer Maxi Dresses That Look Classy!

It’s easy to get stuck in a style rut, so it’s good to try and push yourself sometimes to try a new trend. Take maxi dresses, for example. I only started wearing them a couple of years ago because I was curious,  and now they’re a big part of my summer wardrobe.

If you’ve been thinking about trying a maxi but don’t want to spend a lot of money to do that, Amazon has some great summer maxis- classic and more trendy that are cute and budget-friendly. Here are 7 affordable summer maxis under $70 that look great on!

White Crochet Maxi Dress and straw bag Deborah Boland Amazon

crochet dress | bag | earrings | sandals


1. Crochet Boho Maxi Dress

This is an excellent example of a dress I took a chance on. Crochet is trending right now, but it’s not something I have worn a lot of. Crochet always struck me as a little too boho for me.

Nevertheless, I was attracted to the creamy color and texture and thought I’d give it a go. When the package arrived, and I pulled it out of the bag, I almost didn’t try it on because it looked so narrow, like a long crochet tube. This maxi dress is a size small, which is my size, but I really didn’t think it would fit. To my surprise, it fit like a glove.  This dress fools you. It’s got lots of stretch and molds to your curves. The slip underneath helps with that, making it easy to slide on, plus it gives it a sporty summer look in the front. I love that semi-see-through effect below the slip. It’s a little bit sexy in a classy way.

I added my favorite woven sandals, rattan earrings, and this cute straw bag for a sleek monochromatic look that’s relaxed and kind of upscale boho.  If you don’t like the off-white, it also comes in black too.


Lavender, Orange and white striped tank Maxi from Amazon- Deborah Boland

striped maxi | clear sandals | earrings | sunglasses


2. Sporty Striped Tank Maxi Dress

Here’s another cute Maxi with a totally different style and fee. This colorful dress is a tank-style knit. Again it looks like a tube when you first see it, but it’s made to stretch. It’s a great style if you have nice shoulders and arms and want to show them off. What I love best is the color blocking. This bright orange, lavender, and white combination is such a unique combination that it creates a modern look. I’m wearing it with my favorite Amazon square-toe sandals. I have about five pairs but I thought the clear straps were best with this dress so as not to compete with that whole mix of brights up top.

If you want something modern, cheery, and playful, this is a great dress to have. It’s so on-trend!

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Light Blue crochet maxi dress Amazon

blue crochet maxi | blush sandals | hat | earrings | sunglasses

3. Modern Crochet T-shirt Maxi

If you like the oatmeal-colored crochet maxi I showed you earlier, but you want sleeves, then this is a more modest version of that. This cute Maxi is also from The Drop, which is the influencer-inspired section of their Fashion department. It’s a T-shirt style dress with a half slip like the other, but this time I thought I’d go for something more playful and ordered it in this bright sky blue. This dress feels great and would be great for so many things, like travel, a BBQ, or just around town on a summer weekend.

I thought it looked cute with these elegant blush sandals. I love the origami looking fold on the front of these. They are so simple but classy looking. Amazon has a lot of bucket hats for summer, so I picked up this cute pink one for when I’m in the backyard or out for a bite at an outdoor restaurant, and there are no tables with umbrellas. I’m wearing another pair of wicker earrings ( they come in a set of 4 types). The white sunglasses are just for fun.


Blue Striped Dress from Amazon

blue maxi | white sandals | straw bag | earrings | necklace | tulips


4. Wrap Style Maxi

This has to be one of the most flattering styles of maxi dresses on Amazon. It’s a long, stretchy maxi with an empire waist and a wrap-style top with a big ruched band under the bust. There are no buttons or zippers, and I love the fit of this dress. Mine is small ( I’m usually size 6), and it fits me well.  The great thing about this dress is that it comes in dozens of styles and prints.

This exciting pattern attracted me right off the bat. It reminds me of rain running down a wall or a waterfall. I love the print, and the blue and white are so rich looking.  Try a little jewelry with your maxi dress to dress it up. I’m wearing the beautiful Sol necklace from Dean Davidson’s tropical-inspired collection. It’s a simple, beautiful, modern piece. My earrings match.


orange floral dress with orange striped straw tote Amazon

orange floral maxi | gold sandals | orange color block bag | necklace | earrings | sunglasses

5.  Floral Maxi Dress

Some gals love clothing with a laid-back country vibe, and if that’s you, how about this floral print maxi? This dress is very Laura Ashely to me. It’s soft, sweet, and summery, plus uber comfy too. It has tons of stretch and could be worn as is, or is or great beach cover-up. I’ve tried to give tweak itdding this smart-color-blocked blocked woven tote. It’s great to mix patterns, and this bag works so well with the florals. The key to print mixing is to combine two items in the same colors but with very different sizes and types of prints.

coral midi dress | raffia sandals | straw bag | hat | jewelry


6. Tank Maxi Dress

It’s hot, you are by the water, and you just want something to slip on and sit outside in. This firey coral-colored tank-style dress is perfect for that. Colorful beads add to that tropical hot, hot, hot look and feel. I think it also looks fabulous with my flat straw H-sandals and this half-moon straw bag. It looks like I’m ready to set sail for a boat party.


striped maxi | white H sandals | sunglasses | straw bag with black strap

7. Black and White Striped Maxi Dress

Ooh, la, la! They call this the French Stripe Maxi because of its simple, high-contrast stripes look. This efficient Maxi is something you will wear repeatedly as it works for many occasions and is a classic. Throw on a pair of oversize black sunglasses to look chic, and oh, look…It’s those H sandals again, this time in white. A straw tote with big black straps adds texture and elevates this seasonal favorite.

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