Now that the dog days of summer are upon us, the last thing I want to think about is putting on a pair of pants. But at the same time, I want something new and different when it comes to the maxi dress. That's why I'm loving the latest trend out there -- the caftan maxi dress. Part caftan, part maxi dress, this 70's-inspired silhouette is easy, breezy and perfect for long summer days and nights. (The Thayer Jak Long Dress, $374 at shopbop.com, is just one example.) See my favorite takes on the trend after the jump.
Winter Kate Silk Maxi Dress
Two contrasting floral prints come together in this lush silk iteration.
$260 at nordstrom.com
The Addison Story Paisley Silk Caftan
A faded paisley print lends preppy flair to this floaty creation.
$278 at saks.com
Diane von Furstenberg Printed Silk-Chiffon Maxi Kaftan
Perfect for vacationing in St. Barth's.
$395 at net-a-porter.com
Anthropologie Geo Stripe Caftan
Bold colors and a patchwork-like stripe motif make this caftan stand out in the crowd.
$298 at anthropologie.com
Tory Burch Isabell Printed Maxi Caftan
If anyone understands resort dressing, it's Tory Burch. The gorgeous swirls on this dress make such a divine statement.
$301 at bergdorfgoodman.com
Rachel Rachel Roy The Angelina Dress
Delicate ruffles, a tribal-like print and uber-bright colors combine to make one utterly fabulous dress.
$149 at rachelroy.com
Calypso St. Barth Embroidered Maxi Dress
Pristine white meets intricate embroidery in this supremely romantic silhouette.
$375 at calypsostbarth.com