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This versatile Amazon maxi dress is a 'must buy' for summer — and it's under $65

Amazon shoppers call this 100 per cent cotton dress “a total win.”

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This Amazon maxi dress is a stylish choice for any occasion (photos via Amazon).

When deciding what to wear on a warm summer day, a lightweight dress is a smart bet for an easy outfit that works in the heat. And if you find the right design, it will look effortlessly styled, no matter what you wear with it. The Drop Ilana Sleeveless Poplin Maxi Dress from Amazon Canada is one such frock, and it may be worth adding to your wardrobe. Made from breathable cotton in a loose fit, it's a no-brainer for hot weather. It’s also easy to dress down with a denim jacket and sneakers or dress up with strappy heels, a tiny shoulder bag and a swipe of red lipstick. One reviewer even loves “wearing a sweater over it,” so it looks like a maxi skirt. Read on to discover why so many Amazon shoppers get compliments when they wear this dress.

This drop-waist frock stays cool on hot days with its 100 per cent cotton fabric and sleeveless, loose-fit design.

$62 at Amazon

The details

A sleeveless style with a drop waist, the minimalist Ilana dress is a stylish choice for any occasion. Wear it to the beach, brunch, a garden wedding or date night.

The dress is designed to be worn loose and slips over the head. Then it's secured with a single button closure at the back of the neck. It even has pockets (who doesn’t love pockets?!) and a built-in slip.

Made from 100 per cent cotton poplin, the style is breathable even on hot summer days.

It’s available in 10 hues ranging from classic black, white and navy to vibrant hot pink, ocean blue and chartreuse, though prices vary.

To keep things simple, the dress is machine washable. Wash it on warm and tumble dry on low.

What shoppers are saying

Dubbed a “must buy” and “a total win" by users, Amazon reviewers say this dress is “super cute and comfortable.”

It's widely considered to look and feel more expensive than it is. “I was pleasantly surprised,” says one shopper, while another calls it a “beautiful, high-quality dress.”

Thanks to the wide variety of colours available, one customer bought it in every hue she could get her hands on. And she’s worn it everywhere: weddings, parties, bars and dinners out. “I get lots of compliments,” she says, which is a common refrain from the people who’ve worn the style.

This drop-waist frock stays cool on hot days with its 100 per cent cotton fabric and sleeveless, loose-fit design.

$62 at Amazon

The “finishing details are great,” agree many shoppers, from the lining to the full skirt. Naturally, the generous pockets are a hit with just about everyone.

The fabric has no stretch, giving it a “modern look and feel,” but that means it’s also unforgiving when it comes to sizing. Many reviewers recommend sizing up if you’re curvy — especially if you have a large bust. The addition of a belt will help if you end up going a bit too big.

If you’re petite, the dress will likely hit just above your ankles, a length that some reviewers find flattering and others prefer to avoid.

The verdict

Summer dressing just got easier! Because of the Ilana Maxi Dress's simple design, it will go with just about any shoe or bag you already have in your closet. Plus, its wash-and-wear cotton fabric means it’s not a ton of work on laundry day, either.

When choosing a size, remember that the fabric has zero stretch. That’s a perk in the sense that it gives the dress a modern feel, but it also means you may need to size up if you have a full bust or hips.

The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.

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