There’s nothing better than loose, floaty fabrics when the sun is bright and the temperature is warm. As soon as it gets hot outside and I can feel summer right around the corner, I bust out all the easy breezy fabrics. There’s nothing worse than being hot and sticky outside in a pair of tight fitting pants or stuffy jacket. Summer is all about carefree, easy style and the summer maxi dress ticks of all the right boxes. Maxi dresses are perfect to wear on a beach vacation somewhere warm. A casual maxi dress is great option to wear when traveling when you want to feel comfy but still look chic and polished. Maxi dresses have always been a style staple of A-list Hollywood stars and who can blame them? Many of them live in scorching LA where a maxi dress is a must! Today in this post I’m going to be showcasing some celebrities wearing maxi dresses and also how to get similar looks for less!

Floral Fantasy

Here we see actress Vanessa Hudgens playfully posing in a delicate floral print maxi dress. Floral print maxis are a wardrobe staple that create that boho hippie-chic look she is known for.

Copy the star’s feminine style in a similar floor-length dress. As its name suggests, this floral print maxi dress channels the throwback feel of vintage florals. We have a feeling Vanessa Hudgens would approve of this look! I can see her pairing it with gladiator sandals and an oversized bag for a concert or festival- she is known to frequent Coachella dressed to perfection each year and this would be a great option for Coachella week. For cooler evenings or going into Fall, I would toss a fitted denim jacket over it.

For a more formal floral print maxi, consider the Overcast Floral Print Chiffon Belted Designer Maxi Dress. It is perfectly suited to dressier events. This dress could work for prom or to wear to a formal wedding. I even think it would make a unique bridesmaid dress for a fashion-forward bride! I’ve actually been seeing quite a few floral print bridesmaid dresses I adore! Brides are mixing and matching them with solid colors to create a stunning look for their bridal party.

Last but not least, if it’s a head-turning statement you’re aiming for, you may have found your match in this pink floral maxi dress. This dress features bold watercolor flowers mixed with a daring neckline with embellished details. Wearing this dress, you’re all set for an evening like no other! I can see this being worn with heels to any formal dance or Spring gala.

Evening Elegance

Supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio knows a thing or two about glamorous fashion when she walks the red carpet. And this floor-length maxi dress in candy pink is a prime example. Pink is such a fun and unexpected color that will always stand out in the crowd. It also looks great in the summer against your suntan. This Tommy Hilfiger maxi is a custom dress which would retail for thousands, but you can copy her style at a much more affordable price. Like $29.95!!! No, I am not joking.

This gorgeous pink maxi dress from Lily Boutique mirrors her red carpet style almost perfectly! The one shoulder style is reminiscent of a Greek goddess! This dress has a touch of bling at the waist that adds some sparkle but is still chic and understated. I can see this dress being worn to prom. It would even make a unique bridesmaid dress.

Red Hot Summer

Red is a bold color that always manages to turn heads. Model Lily Aldridge is pictured here beautifully draped in an exquisite (and expensive!) red maxi dress from Carolina Herrera. The gown is designed to celebrate the brand’s CH Carolina Herrera perfume. This dress would likely cost thousands- and who has that kind of cash to throw around? Lucky for you, I’ve put together some red-hot maxi dresses at a fraction of the price:

First up, comes the simple elegance of this gorgeous red maxi dress. Ideal for everything from early evening cocktails to even the swankiest black tie event, here is a versatile little number to rival the very best. I can also see this being worn as a bridesmaid dress. After all, red is the color of love!

This bright red maxi dress has a high low cut allowing you to dress it up or dress it down. This is a perfect look for a semi-formal event or even a Christmas party or Valentine’s Day dance. You can find this dress for just $50 here. That sure beats spending thousands for a look you might only wear a few times!

The third option isn’t a match to the one Lily Aldridge is wearing, but I thought I would include it anyways! It is such a cute and casual look with a bit of a boho feel and I adore the embroidered designs at the bust. This Lotus Embroidered Open Back Maxi Dress in Coral Red more than fits the bill for laid-back style and comfort.

Shining Star

Once twilight falls, it’s time to turn up the glamour, and what better way than with a black maxi dress with a touch of sparkle? Model Jasmine Sanders is no stranger to red carpet glamour, and at Elton John’s prestigious AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party earlier this year, she didn’t disappoint. Black is anything but basic when you add a touch of sparkle! Here are some gorgeous black maxi dresses with a touch of sparkle:

Consider this black maxi dress with silver embellishments at the bust. On sale for just $22, you can’t beat it! What I love about this dress it that it has the black and silver look just like Jasmine Sanders’ dress, but has a more laid-back boho feel that is fashion forward. This is a dress that can be dressed up with metallic heels and a clutch for a formal gala or event. But you could also try dressing it down with beaded metallic sandals and a silver boho headband for a laid-back boho glam look.

Speaking of ‘boho-glam’, here is another black maxi dress that fits the bill. This one has a cute flutter top and a full length maxi skirt that is lined to the mid-thigh. It also has a touch of silver with the beaded stud embellishments that decorate the straps and top of the dress. This is a gorgeous option to pack on vacation or to wear out to dinner.

A black maxi doesn’t just have to be dressy and formal, and I wanted to leave you with a more casual style, in case you’re looking for a cute day look. This Black Maxi Dress With Mesh Waistband and Elastic Straps retails for just $27.95! This dress could be paired with sandals on the boardwalk and then easily transition to dinner with the family. Toss a fitted denim jacket or cardigan over this maxi for a more complete look.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this celebrity maxi dress look for less! One thing I’ve  noticed is that you can find a maxi that is as dressy or casual as you like- and you don’t have to go broke to recreate looks that the A-list stars are wearing. All of these dresses retails for less than $50. Shop these maxi dresses and more online!