A Maxi Dress for Every Occasion

The ever-popular maxi dress is still in style, but is it the right option when it comes to dressing for the occasion? We’ve put together six ways to style a maxi dress this season, so you can dress to impress no matter the occasion…

How to wear a maxi dress casually

A casual maxi dress needs to be versatile and comfortable so you can move around with ease. Lightweight, floaty fabrics with minimum fuss are ideal for daywear. Opt for an everyday handbag and pair with flat sandals or trainers for an on-trend dressed-down look. Team casual maxi dresses with a biker, utility or denim jacket if it’s a bit colder, as these styles work well with maxi dresses.

What maxi dresses should you wear for an evening look?

A more formal maxi dress style in a premium fabric, like lace or chiffon, is the perfect option for evening events. Evening maxi dresses should be elegant and classy, so bold block colours, timeless monochrome or delicate pastels suit this style of dress best. Gems, sequins and bead detailing add subtle sparkle to formal maxis, ideal for black tie events, race days and evening weddings. Long sleeve and short sleeved maxi dresses work well for the evening, so you can suit yourself when it comes to sleeve length. Just remember to cover up on cooler nights by pairing your occasion maxi dress with a complementing shrug, bolero or cardigan.

Can you wear a maxi dress to work?

Whether you can wear a maxi dress for work or not depends entirely on your profession. If your workplace has a uniform policy, then it’s probably not an option! Most modern office environments allow maxi dresses as a suitable style of dress, especially in summer. Maxi dresses offer great comfort and if you’re choosing to wear a maxi dress to work, style it with office-appropriate shoes, jackets and accessories. A higher neckline and some coverage on the shoulders and back tends to work best in an office environment, as there’s a fine line between dressing for summer and looking like you’re already in holiday mode! You should also consider the colour and material of your maxi dress if you’re wearing it to work – cotton, jersey and linen maxi dresses work well, but darker colours might be better if you’re commuting or out and about most of the day.

Can a wedding guest wear a maxi dress?

Yes, maxi dresses for weddings are an ideal outfit choice, but they should be on the formal side if you’re invited to the full wedding. Choosing what maxi dresses to wear to a wedding can feel like a daunting task if you’re not used to wearing one, but there’s plenty of options available so you’ll be able to find one that suits your style.Soft floral maxi dresses and pretty pastel shades are perfect for the big day, but any colour or print usually works well at a wedding, providing it doesn’t clash with the bridal party. If you’re worried about clashing with the bride or bridesmaids, you can always check with someone in the know, but most formal maxi dresses are suitable for weddings. Style your wedding guest maxi dress with matching accessories and footwear that suits the length of your dress and your height. For more ideas on wedding guest outfit etiquette, make sure you check out our top tips on dresses for wedding guests .

Can you wear a maxi dress to the beach?

A maxi dress is the perfect holiday cover-up, suitable for wearing over your swimwear on the beach or by the pool. Ideal for day-to-night dressing, a beach maxi dress is a real summer essential. So, what style of maxi dress is best for the beach? Floaty chiffon maxis are great for beach days, but if you want something with more coverage then a light jersey, linen or cotton maxi dress is best. These fabrics work well if you want one dress to take you from the beach to the bar and beyond!

What maxi dresses should you wear for a party?

When it comes to choosing a party maxi dress, consider the theme, venue and crowd that will be in attendance. For example, the type of maxi dress you wear to a garden party would be somewhat different to what you would wear to a cocktail party. Relaxed maxi dresses work well for casual events like a family garden party, kids’ birthday party or a baby shower. Follow our above casual maxi dress styling tips but also take into account seasonality if it’s an outdoor party. Opt for a formal maxi dress if you’re invited to a cocktail party, black-tie event or an evening birthday party. Make a statement and stand out from the crowd in a bold print or bright colour or choose a plain, darker shade paired with understated accessories for a reserved look.
For more inspiration, read our How to Style Your Maxi Dress guide or shop our new season maxi dresses collection.