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7 Modest Maxi Dresses ...

By Jennifer

I love maxi dresses, but I confess that I don’t much like strapless dresses, so on my last shopping trip, I was appalled so see how many maxis were strapless! It got me thinking, then searching, and I’ve hunted out some maxi options I know I’m much more comfortable with. Here are 7 modest maxi dresses, so you don’t have to go strapless or even spaghetti-strapped if you don’t want to!

1 Sea the Sights Dress

Sea the Sights DressPrice: $47.99 at
This gorgeous but modest maxi dress was a recent “Be the Buyer” pick on ModCloth, and one look at its long, lean lines and deep azure color will tell you why. I adore the ruffles at the neckline, and the defined waist. I also like the wide straps, ideal for hiding bra straps, my least favorite fashion faux pas!

2 Pleats, Oh Pleats Dress

Pleats, Oh Pleats DressPrice: $99.99 at
This dress is just amazing, a modest enough maxi to be worn to work without a cardi or shawl. The bright stripes and figure-flattering shape make it a must-have, and add to that the tie waist and darling anchor-detailed buttons at the bodice, and wow!

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3 Modern Maiden Dress

Modern Maiden DressPrice: $59.99 at
Modest doesn’t have to mean matronly, as this maxi dress so elegantly illustrates. The neckline isn’t low-cut, but it’s still pretty and feminine. The straps are wide enough to contain your bra straps, but they’re still darling, with the bows on the tops. And the layers of floral print and lace, all along the dress! So pretty!

4 Windswept Wonder Dress

Windswept Wonder DressPrice: $59.99 at
Though this dress does have spaghetti straps, it’s still one of the more modest maxi dresses, with a higher-than-usual vee neck and empire waist. I love the delicate cream-colored trim, and the detail at the hem is so pretty, too! Wouldn’t this look lovely with straw-covered wedges or espadrilles?

5 Envisioning Excitement Dress

Envisioning Excitement DressPrice: $89.99 at
Here’s another empire-waist, modest maxi dress, this one with loads of glittery embellishment at the bust, drawing attention to your gorgeous face. The color will flatter your complexion, and the curvy but comfortable cut will flatter your curves while still leaving quite a bit to the imagination.

6 Floor-al Length Dress

Floor-al Length DressPrice: $69.99 at
There are oh so many things about this modest maxi I adore, it’s hard to know where to begin. The lush botanical print? The pleat at the modest round neckline? The flattering cut? The unique ruching and detail at the back? All of these things work together to make this my new must-have modest maxi.

7 Dress That Launched 1,000 Ships

Dress That Launched 1,000 ShipsPrice: $149.99 at
Most LBDs are, well, little, but this could be the new trend, a LBD meaning “long” black dress. It’s so gorgeous! You can dress it up with the right shoes and jewelry, or dress it down by just adding a pair of wedges.

So, yay! It’s completely possible to wear a modest maxi dress, one that doesn’t show too much cleavage or leave you open to embarrassing wardrobe malfunctions. Which of these modest maxis do you like best, and what would you wear with it? Do tell!

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