7 Budget-Friendly Summer Maxi Dresses That Look Classy!

It’s easy to get stuck in a style rut, so it’s good to 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,  but 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, 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 because it looked so narrow, like a long crochet tube. This maxi dress is small, which is my size, but I 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 and giving 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 an upscale boho.  If you don’t like the off-white, it also comes in black.


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 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 to not compete with that whole mix of brights.

This dress is great if you want something modern, cheery, and playful. 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, 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 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 Amazon’s most flattering styles of maxi dresses. 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 (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; the blue and white look so rich.

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, attractive, modern piece. My earrings match.



pink maxi | straw bag

5.  Pretty in Pink Maxi Dress

Wear it as a dress or as a beach cover-up. Either way, this bright, bold maxi is soft and comfy. The crisscross front and empire waist are flattering and hide a jelly belly.

Throw on some colorful jewelry, add a straw tote, and you are ready to hit the beach!



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


6. Tank Maxi Dress

It’s hot, you are by the water, and you want something to slip on and sit outside. This firey coral-colored tank-style dress is perfect for that. Colorful beads add to that tropical, hot, hot look and feel.

It also looks fabulous with my flat straw H-sandals and this half-moon straw bag. It seems 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 oversized 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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