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Off-Shoulder Amazon Maxi Dress
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We all know that dresses can be the ultimate throw-on staple item in our closet to be depended on any day of the week, and once you figure out how to make one dress work for the most versatile of occasions—from day to night, casual to dressy—the real stress relief begins. As far as being the chameleon of all dress types, a good maxi dress almost always fits the bill. 

Thanks to the longer length, maxi dresses can feel comfortable in many different situations when styled smartly. For a low-key family cookout or weeknight girls' dinner, a flowy maxi dress with flat sandals or slip-on sneakers (depending on the season) can offer the breathability that jeans often lack; and for a slightly more dressy affair, a pair of wedges or heeled booties (again, seasonally determined) and swipe of red lipstick can take it from everyday to dolled-up. 

For something that strikes the delicate note between affordable and fashionable, the best-selling maxi dress on Amazon with over 3,000 reviews pretty much tops the list, costing less than $30 and coming in 22 pretty colors and patterns. The breezy dress features an off-shoulder silhouette that cinches in around the natural waistline and fits loosely all the way down for ultimate comfort. To keep things light and cool, a subtle side leg slit ensures the air flow doesn't stop just because you do. And while we're swooning over all the different color options, the consensus among shoppers seems to be that it makes quite the versatile "little black dress." 

From there, images posted by reviewers show length and fit of the various sizes, which seem to be generally true to size—plus, you can see which color you like before you buy. So if you're looking for a new flattering and dependable dress on a budget, this Amazon best-seller is bound to become part of your regular rotation. (TO SHOP: starting at $25.99; amazon.com)

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Dress it up with pearls and a sleek ponytail or keep it low-key with Converse and a baseball cap. Either way, this off-shoulder dress gets major bang for your buck.