Not to be confused with its more formal and equally flowing counterparts, the maxi dress has been one of the hottest trends of the last few seasons. It’s easy to see why. Not only are they super-stylish, but they’re insanely comfortable and flattering for all figures.What’s more, the veritable endless selection of looks means they can be worn almost anywhere, anytime.
Here are 10 ways to maximize the wear of any maxi dress.
1) Belt it Up!
The waistlines of maxi-dresses can vary, but regardless of where they fall, adding a belt – or any waist-cinching accessory – to your look can add visual interest as well as a slimming focal point.
2) Take it to Work
The simple addition of a blazer will instantly make your beloved maxi office appropriate, effectively decreasing your cost per wear and making this wardrobe staple an even better investment.
3) Bring it into Fall
While maxi dresses are usually thought of as summer staples, you can actually make them work in the autumn by adjusting your accessories. Ditch the sandals and open toed shoes and pair it with ankle boots and a bomber jacket.
4) Add Statement Jewellry
Even the most plain-Jane maxi can be spruced up with a bold necklace, or barrage of bangles. In fact, plainer dresses give you the perfect canvas to create dozens of different looks. Dress it up or dress it down with different accessories.
Layering is another great way to capitalize on the adaptability of your dress. Add a chic lace blouse underneath or a t-shirt to easily create a new look.
6) Use Texture
A plain cotton maxi looks great with a denim button down shirt, jacket or vest. You can also cozy up your ensemble with a wool sweater or cardigan. A little texture goes a long way to add that visual interest to your outfit.
7) Think Outside the Style
Maxi dresses can look amazing paired with accessories and other clothing that does not follow the casual and often bohemian maxi style. Think about wearing a faux-fur coat, or a sequined scarf, a trench or leather vest to up the wow factor and create a look all your own.
8) Embrace Colour
Bold colour combinations add life to your look. These pops of colour will show everyone that you’re not afraid to be fearless with your fashion.
9) Dress it Up
A pair of sexy heels, a structured, velvet jacket and elegant jewellery can easily make your casual weekend wear do double duty as the perfect outfit for a more formal event.
10) Make it Work in the Winter
Many maxi dresses can transition beautifully into the winter with a few simple additions. Add a turtleneck or long-sleeved shirt underneath and presto – you’re winter ready.