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Feeling a little uninspired, fashion-wise, as hot summer drags into an equally steamy fall? We’ve found a simple solution to your fashion woes: the maxi dress. This easy-to-wear shape makes everyone look a little more dressed up than even the cutest top over skinny jeans. it's a lot cooler, too.

Check out the five long dresses we’ll be wearing everywhere from weddings to brunches.

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Feeling unsexy?

Spice up a brunch date by arriving in this deep-red wrap dress ($268) from Reformation. The kimono-style sleeves and a front that flutters open to reveal a nice length of leg keep it cool.

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Feeling unsophisticated?

Channel French chic in this lightweight polka-dotted dress ($197) from the new Venice shop Christy Dawn. It’s perfectly accessorized with a straw handbag and a baguette as you trawl the farmers’ market with nonchalant style.

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Feeling uncool?

Set tongues wagging at a gallery opening in this crazy-cool silk georgette caftan ($495) by Cheyann Benedict. It’s imprinted with a butterfly painting by the popular Los Angeles artist Sage Vaughn.

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Feeling overexposed?

Sometimes a minidress is too much, and we just want to hide ourselves under some fabric. (Usually this coincides with too many restaurant meals and not enough SoulCycle.) Wear this medium-weight cotton shift ($275) from Serena & Lily with sandals now and pair with snuggly boots later.

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Feeling blah?

Want a dress that you can just throw on and be guaranteed to look prettier for a last-minute date? Heidi Merrick’s gauze dress ($327) is dyed a universally flattering peachy shade, is sleeveless but not too bare and has a waistband with elastic in back.

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