Casual Maxi Dresses for Spring & Summer

I’ve had a few people ask me if maxi dresses are still in style this spring, and the short answer is YES! I’m definitely seeing them around. I generally prefer knee-length styles, but sometimes a maxi dress is fun for a change. I was immediately drawn to this one because it has sleeves.

Jo-Lynne Shane wearing Caslon Drawstring Jersey Maxi Dress outfit | Spring Fashion for Women Over 40

It’s also incredibly comfortable and easy to throw on and go. The material is thin, but not to the point of being see-through. If you live in warmer climates, it should be comfortable even on the hottest days. For size reference, I’m wearing the small.

Jo-Lynne Shane wearing Caslon Drawstring Jersey Maxi Dress outfit | Spring Fashion for Women Over 40

This packable raffia tote makes a great pool and beach bag, but it can double as a daily tote if you like to carry a large bag. Straw bags are all the rage this season, but this one is a little different from the popular circle bags.

It has a magnetic-snap closure, comfortable faux leather carry handles, and interior zip and wall pockets to stash your valuables. The best part is, it’s “packable” — meaning, you can fold it or roll it up to fit neatly inside your suitcase. I brought this bag with me to Florida, and it worked perfectly for the beach and pool.

Jo-Lynne Shane wearing Caslon Drawstring Jersey Maxi Dress outfit | Spring Fashion for Women Over 40

To keep this outfit casual and on trend, I wore neutral slides.

Jo-Lynne Shane wearing Caslon Drawstring Jersey Maxi Dress outfit | Spring Fashion for Women Over 40

Since the striped dress makes a bold statement on its own, I kept my jewelry simple — pearl earrings, a gold pendant, and Alex and Ani bangles.

I picked up this necklace at the salon & spa I frequent. I wore this outfit to get my nails done before my photo shoot and realized I had forgot a necklace, so I purchased this pendant.

Jo-Lynne Shane wearing Caslon Drawstring Jersey Maxi Dress outfit | Spring Fashion for Women Over 40

As for undergarments, I always wear shaping shorts under my dresses. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been sitting behind a woman who stands up with her dress unknowingly tucked into… unfortunate places. Do yourself a favor and pick up some shaping shorts! You can thank me later.

I usually wear the Spanx Shape My Day girl shorts underneath my dresses, and they work great with this one. They have medium control so they keep everything tucked in without binding anywhere.

Another good option for under dresses is the Jockey Skimmies. They’re not as expensive as the Spanx and don’t have as much control, but they do keep everything smoothed out and help your dress stay where it belongs as you move around. They’re also moisture wicking, which is nice when it’s hot outside because they help keep you cool.

As much as I love my jeans, I have to admit that wearing a casual dress makes it so easy to get dressed in the morning. It cuts down on the choices you have to make — just pick out your shoes and some jewelry, and you’re good to go!

Jo-Lynne Shane wearing Caslon Drawstring Jersey Maxi Dress outfit | Spring Fashion for Women Over 40

stripe maxi dress // raffia tote // slides // pearl earrings // seashell necklace (boutique purchase) // charm bracelets // sunnies

photo credit: Alison Cornell

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