Always on-trend and so versatile, maxi dresses are a year-round wardrobe essential. But how to style a maxi dress to suit the season or occasion can be a daunting thought, especially if you don’t usually wear one. Whether it’s summer or winter, a daytime or evening occasion, there’s plenty of ways you can wear the maxi dress to suit your style and shape. If you’re wondering how to wear a maxi dress, then read our expert maxi dress styling tips for maximum impact this season and beyond...
What is a maxi dress? A maxi dress is a floor length dress that should fall on the top of the feet. Our new season maxi dresses come in a variety of styles to suit your body shape, height and the occasion. Whether you’re looking for an evening or daytime look, we’ve got long and short sleeved maxi dress styles perfect for any occasion.
Depending on your body shape and personal preference, there’s an array of necklines to choose from, including high neck and v-neck maxi dress styles. If you’re lucky enough to be enjoying the sunshine at home or away, opt for one of our strappy or halter neck maxi dresses, ideal for wearing in summer months.
While there are endless ways to wear a maxi dress this season, the best way to wear a maxi dress very much depends on the occasion you’re dressing for. Here’s some ideas on styling your dress for the occasion…
If you’re planning on wearing a maxi dress during the day, you need a casual, versatile maxi dress that’s easy to move around in. Opting for a printed, colourful or embellished maxi dress is fine, but the key to perfecting a daytime maxi dress look is dressing it down.
Try it with trainers and an everyday handbag or opt for casual flat sandals and a pair of sunglasses for two classic daytime looks. If you want to wear your maxi dress to work, simply smarten it up with a blazer, belt and ankle boots.
Bright floral or tie-dye print maxi dresses are great for adding colour to a daytime look. And don’t forget beach maxi dresses for your summer holiday! Designed in light, flowing material, they’re a perfect daytime option for floating between the beach and the pool.
For those who want to wear a maxi dress in the evening, a more formal maxi dress is best. Opt for a statement colour or print in a luxe fabric like lace, velvet or satin for an elegant evening look. If you’re attending a party or are an evening guest at a wedding, an embellished dress can add some sophisticated sparkle to your outfit. Both long and short sleeved maxi dresses are perfect for an evening event - just remember to cover up with a shrug on cooler nights.
When it comes to deciding what shoes to wear with a maxi dress, you should try to consider the length of the dress, your height and the occasion. Opt for flat shoes like sandals or ankle boots for a casual look during the day, or pair with heels or wedges to achieve a dressier look at night. If you’re slightly shorter in height and you want to avoid tripping on a longer maxi dress, stacked wedges can help your dress sit at a better length.
And the answer is, of course you can! If you’re a person who loves to dress up, then heels are the perfect footwear to complement your maxi dress outfit. Stiletto sandals and block heel shoes are ideal for attending parties and evening events, while wedges are a comfortable option for a warm summer night. Whatever the occasion, wearing a maxi dress with heels is the perfect way to dress up in style.
The only thing to note when wearing your maxi dress with heels is the length of your dress. You need to have the perfect length to floor ratio. You don’t want the hem of your dress trailing along the floor or becoming a trip hazard, nor do you want it to fall short so that it’s no longer a maxi dress!
In recent years, wearing a maxi dress with trainers has become a modern, contemporary way to style your dress and perfect for a laidback day-to-day look. This combination works well in both summer and winter months, paired with a denim, utility or biker jacket.
You can also style your maxi dress with flats for a comfortable day to night look. If your maxi dress is the right length, your flat shoes will mostly be covered by the hem, so you don’t need to worry too much about their design. As long as there’s no garish colour clashes or detailing that will catch on your maxi dress material, you should be fine to pair most flat sandal styles with your maxi.
Switching up your accessories can add a different direction to your maxi dress outfit. Simple accessories work best for embellished and patterned maxi dresses, where the main focus should be on the detail of the dress itself.
If you’re wearing a loose cotton or jersey maxi dress, a waist belt can help to pull your outfit together and define your shape, especially on A-line maxi dress styles. Choose your maxi dress accessories wisely – they should always complement, not distract from, your dress.
If you’re running errands in town or heading for lunch with friends, then simplicity is key. Keep it subtle by styling your maxi dress with a simple bracelet, stud earrings and long necklace. Opt for a shoulder or tote bag to keep your look casual and chic. If it’s a slightly colder day or you’ll be out into the evening, then the ideal jackets for maxi dresses are denim or biker jackets, a light cardigan or fitted blazer.
Give your maxi dress a glamorous makeover for night time occasions with some diamante jewellery, embellished shoes and a statement bag.
Heading on holiday? Gold jewellery, tan leather bags and studded belts are perfect for pairing with boho maxi dresses for a summer-ready look.
Of course you can! Versatile maxi dresses can be worn in winter and the colder months, providing you style them correctly for the climate. Although maxi dresses are naturally suited to warmer weather, a layered look in winter works just as well for this year-round style hero.
When styling your maxi dress for winter and colder weather, layering is key. Maxi dresses are long and flowing, covering your legs in colder months. For extra layering on casual sleeveless maxi dresses, wear a turtleneck or long sleeve top below your dress.
Don’t worry about what shoes to wear with your maxi dress when it’s cold either. Wearing a maxi dress with boots is the ideal solution in winter and the colder months. Stylish and comfortable, ankle or knee length boots are ideal for pairing with your maxi dress. To complete your outfit, add a chunky cardigan or coat and you’re set to go.
For more ideas on styling your maxi dress this season, take a look at our new maxi dresses collection and share how you wear on Instagram @mandco_fashion #MyMandco.
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