Before we moved to an oceanfront city, I always packed a few maxi dresses when heading to a beach destination. Now that going to the beach is part of our weekly routine, I reach for them more frequently than ever. There is such a romance to the feeling of a long skirt fluttering in the breeze, especially while catching the sunset and listening to the waves lap against the shore. So often, I’ve found that the smallest decisions–even one as simple as choosing a long dress over a pair of shorts–can make the difference between an ordinary moment and a beautiful memory. Whether you live near the water or not, I encourage you not to wait on a special occasion to wear pieces you love, especially this summer when so many celebrations have been postponed. Any day can be transformed with a positive frame of mind and an elegant dress. See more of the maxi dresses currently inspiring me below.