Here are my favorites and I will share the rules of it all and also some style tips of what you can do with a great Maxi.
I do believe that you need some height to pull off the halter dress, it really depends but if you are a petite frame you can do the maxi but you might have to adjust the length by getting it altered; but make sure it fits your frame because it can swallow you whole.
Most maxi dresses are sleeveless, and although I am a believer that you should have nice arms to pull it off there are great covers like shrugs, petite cardis, and boleros that can solve that issue.
If you do the shirt dress maxis which is one of FFJ's picks; make sure you add the right balance of accessories a thick belt, gladiator sandals, and a big hobo.
Ladies do everyone a favor, find the right size maxi dress that fits your body, I mean look at your self through a 360 degree mirror, or get a trust worthy friend to tell you the truth. I have seen so many girls pulling the wrong look from behind thinking they look hot and amazing in the fron,t and just because you are doing a full comfortable maxi makes you think the butt doesn't matter, well YOU ARE WRONG! when the world can view panty lines, butt cracks, and places that only you or only your significant other should see then you are pulling the wrong size and look; DO us all a favor and find the right size.
So don't get Max-ied out by choosing the wrong look for your summer style; find what you fall in love with but make sure it loves you back.
Elizabeth and James Molly Open back Jersey Maxi Dress @ $295
Bird by Juicy Couture printed silk twill maxi dress @ $380
Splendid Twill Maxi shirt dress $140
T-Bags Jersey Halterneck Maxi dress $205