As a bridesmaid for a friend's Palm Springs wedding last weekend, Jessica Simpson ushered in a new season of maxi dresses wearing a light, pastel-printed halter style with a tie at the waist. While we doubt the super-pregnant star will wear the dress again (unless she holds on for baby #2), the soft palette and easy shape offered the other bridesmaids—including Jessica's younger sister Ashlee—a great summer gown for a range of occasions.
Throw on a denim jacket and sandals and you're off to brunch, or keep things simple with dressy earrings and a flat for date night by the beach. However you wear it, steal Simpson's style with these airy, pastel maxi dresses from both ready-to-wear and bridesmaid collections.
Theyskens' Theory Marble-Print Maxi Dress, $1,437, available at MyWardrobe
Charlie Jade Nalina Dress, $174, available at Shopbop; After Six full-length strapless Ombre dress, price upon request, available at The Dessy Group; Ella Moss Aztec Print Maxi Dress, $158, available at Barneys
—Phillip B. Crook