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It鈥檚 no surprise that a flowy maxi dress has become a summer wardrobe staple in every girl鈥檚 closet. Beach goddess vibes aside, the breezy, floor-length frock might be one of the most effortless ways to look instantly polished on a sweltering day. Just toss it on and you鈥檙e head-to-toe ready. It鈥檚 that simple.

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So simple, in fact, that when it comes to wearing your favorite maxi, it鈥檚 almost too easy to get stuck in a styling rut. Sure, it can stand in for an entire outfit on its own, but that doesn鈥檛 mean it always should. For this week鈥檚 Style Resolutions, our resident hair + makeup expert Misty Spinney and I teamed up to show you just how versatile your favorite maxi can be with just a few other layers and accessories you already have in your closet. Yep, now you can rent a go-to brunch garment 鈥 we got this beaut from Rent the Runway 鈥 and have it also be your work wardrobe pick-me-up, a new date night fave and more!

FOR A CHILL WEEKEND

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While your maxi dress may feel super cozy 鈥 roomy, lightweight, full-coverage, what more can you ask for? 鈥 it certainly doesn鈥檛 have the same closet-to-couch appeal as say, a jersey jumpsuit. But you *can* get away with wearing it on a lazy day 鈥 just pick your fave graphic tee and tie it up around the waist to give the garment a super laid-back feel. Get the height you need for that dreamy floor-sweeping strut (to the fridge in between OITNB episodes) with platform sneakers, and if you do venture out into the world, grab a canvas pouch to carry the essentials.

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Hunter Bell Camo Sea Maxi Dress ($70 rental, $396 retail) + Bad Pickle Tees I Guac Your World Tee ($20), DIY Espadrilles, Maika Vertical Strokes Mustard/Grey Pouch ($13), Yellow House Handmade Horseshoe Charm Necklace ($12), model鈥檚 own bracelets

FOR DATE NIGHT

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To keep the vibe super flirty but take the breezy dress from day to night, try layering a figure-hugging, off-the-shoulder tee underneath to create a more elegant 鈥 and way more interesting 鈥 neckline. We couldn鈥檛 help but clash patterns to keep things feeling light and fun (if you鈥檙e a newbie at the mix-and-match game, consider a striped top your starter kit 鈥 the French-girl pattern goes with just about everything). A teased-out pony and a posh mini bag make it official: You鈥檙e ready to be wined and dined.

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Hunter Bell Camo Sea Maxi Dress ($70 rental, $396 retail) + ASOS Top in Stripe With Off Shoulder Bardot Neckline ($20), ASOS Soft Leather Crossbody Bag ($40), Brit + Co Wrapped Necklace Kit in Warm Tones ($29), UNA Gold Bangle ($56), UNA Ascent Ring ($37)

FOR THE OFFICE

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Here鈥檚 proof that a maxi dress can feel totally professional 鈥 it just takes a little creative layering (and by that we mean skip the traditional blazer). A cropped white button-up 鈥 or a classic one belted at the waist 鈥 instantly tames the maxi鈥檚 inherent sun + sand feel and, along with a longline sleeveless vest, refines the look without totally weighing it down. Carry your favorite laptop lugger and zip up a pair of pointed booties to round out the 9-to-5 polish.

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Hunter Bell Camo Sea Maxi Dress ($70 rental, $396 retail) + Asilio Daylights High/Low Shirt ($132), Zara vest, model鈥檚 own shoes, model鈥檚 own bag, Marrin Costello Valli Necklace ($98), Christina Kober Designs Inspiracelet Message Cuff ($78), Is Was + Will Be Flora Ring ($54)

FOR A LAZY BEACH DAY

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Nearly everyone with their toes dug in the sand/strolling along the boardwalk/sipping鈥 Bloodies at the outdoor bar will be donning a bold maxi, but there鈥檚 one super easy and completely unexpected style hack you can do to stand out: strap on a harness. Seriously, if you do a little searching, you鈥檒l see that not every harness out there is as edgy as the ones in 鈥淏ad Blood,鈥 like this delicate-yet-daring accessory. If you鈥檙e thinking 鈥渂aby steps,鈥 then swap it out for a sleeker body chain.

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Hunter Bell Camo Sea Maxi Dress ($70 rental, $396 retail) + Jakimac Braid Raid Leather Harness ($98), model鈥檚 own shoes, model鈥檚 own bag, Sunski Dipseas in Emerald Tortoise ($55), Sweet & Spark Bracelet, model鈥檚 own bracelets

FOR THE FESTIVAL GROUNDS

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The easiest way to add edge to an outfit? Bring on the leather. A cropped moto jacket and clunky boots will give your dreamy maxi that tougher, girl-gang feel, while a turban and a bright red lip will keep it sweet. Be sure to sling a backpack over your shoulder so that you can have your hands totally free as you dash from stage to stage and dance your heart out in the crowd.

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Hunter Bell Camo Sea Maxi Dress ($70 rental, $396 retail) + model鈥檚 own jacket, model鈥檚 own shoes, model鈥檚 own bag, Sweet & Spark Necklace, model鈥檚 own turban

What are ways you amp up your go-to flowy maxi? Share your style tips with us in the comments below.