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21 Slimming Maxi Dresses for Spring and Summer

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We have a complicated relationship with maxi dresses. On the one hand, we love how easy and airy they are. On a hot day, a long, flowy dress is always our first choice! But many maxi dresses look like tents on Us, exaggerating our shape like an expanding balloon.

If you’re searching for summer maxi dresses that will sculpt your shape, then you’ve come to the right place! We found 19 styles that will make you look slimmer, thanks to flattering features like waist ties and tummy-control ruching. There’s a combination of billowy and bodycon, dressy and casual, solid and patterned. Read on!

1. Black dresses are inherently slimming, but this black maxi dress takes the look to the next level with an empire-waist cut. Bonus: there are pockets! — $36!

2. The sleeves, the length, the V-neckline — we’re obsessed. Tons of other spring dresses from Free People, Vince Camuto and more just dropped at Nordstrom Rack . . . you have to check them out! — originally $88, now $50!

3. This off-the-shoulder maxi dress features a smocked bodice and high slit, accentuating your shape rather than concealing it — just $44!

4. Dance the night away in this halter-neck tiered maxi dress with a cinched waist — originally $46, now just $36!

5. Beachy and breezy! Featuring 3/4-length flutter sleeves, a center slit and a wrap waist, this flowy maxi dress is a flattering version of a mumu — just $45!

6. Pretty in pink! Make a splash this summer in this sultry maxi dress with a plunging neckline and high slit — just $37!

7. We’re simply smitten with this one-shoulder floral maxi dress with a ruffled trim and tie-waist — just $43!

8. Available in every color of the rainbow, this tie-strap maxi dress has a smocked bodice and an A-line cut — just $50!

9. If you’re a sucker for Swiss dots, then you’ll adore this lovely wrap dress with cap sleeves and a ruffled split hem — just $49!

10. This boho tank dress is perfect for vacation! Designed with a smocked bodice and tiered skirt, this maxi accentuates all your favorite features — $46!

11. Engineered with built-in shapewear, this black bodycon dress will make you look so snatched! This spaghetti-strap maxi looks very similar to the popular Skims lounge dress — just $60!

12. One shoulder is all you need! This boho floral frock is all you need for spring picnics, midday walks and beach days — just $51!

13. This spaghetti strap slit maxi dress is nifty for giving off the appearance of a slim waist because if its black bodice and flowy skirt that starts right under the bust line — just $38!

14. Va-va-voom! This sleeveless ruched maxi dress is such a showstopper. And the jewel tone color options are divine — originally $46, now just $20!

15. If you’re keeping up with And Just Like That…, this short-sleeve shirt dress looks like the type of elegant outfit Seema would wear. The ruching, buttons and tie waist all add a flattering flair — just $50!

16. It’s hard to explain how gorgeous this off-the-shoulder maxi dress really is! With a crossover wrap, front slit and ruching, this form-fitting dress is sexy and sophisticated at the same time — just $40!

17. Flower power! This stunning floral dress features a gathered waist and a tiered skirt for endless twirling — just $47!

18. This pleated one-shoulder cocktail dress is such a stunning style for a summer celebration. The shoulder and waist ties feature beaded accents for an elevated touch — just $62!

19. If you’re looking for a flattering fit, this v-neck dress is will be your new go-to. Get it in a solid color or a fun cheetah print pattern — $36!

20. This bodycon maxi dress is a simple, clean option that allows you to showcase your curves without going overboard — $25!

21. This wrap maxi dress has a vintage feel to it — along with sharp shoulders and breezy sleeves — $48!

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