There’s something so appealing about a floor-grazing maxi dress in the heat of the summer, no? We think it’s that elusive fusion of effortless cool and breezy comfort, finished off with a just-right dash of drama. Not to mention the utter versatility: Wear it with flat metallic sandals, and it’s a chic daytime getup. With a pair of heels, killer gold jewelry, and a swipe of bright lipstick, it’s dinner-date attire. Lose the shoes, add a hat and some sunscreen, and you’re beach-bound! Is there any other item that transitions so easily? From elegant navy silk to bold tribal prints, we’ve pinned down 12 dresses that max out on style. Click through the gallery to see our picks.