Style Inspiration: How to Style your Maxi Dress Day to Night

Hi everyone,

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 my maxi dress styling tips for maximum impact this season and beyond:

1- Maxi Dress is a must-have in a Summer Wardrobe. I personally enjoy wearing it with summer hats, flats, espadrilles, or wedges. Perfect for brunch by the beach or the pool. Don't forget to always accessorize your outfit. Trending handbags such as woven, straw & bamboo bags along with shell jewelry will elevate your look. I also like burncorn jewelry Handmade in Haiti is a personal favorite.

2- Maxi Dress for Daytime. 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, colorful, 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. You can also wear it with a denim jacket.

3- Maxi Dress for Evening. For those who want to wear a maxi dress in the evening, a more formal maxi dress is best. Opt for a statement color 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. Wear it with gold or silver tone heeled sandals, a clutch, and some fancy jewelry. Adding a nice scarf or a dressy cropped cardigan is always welcome for those chilly nights.

4- Maxi Dress for Date night: A maxi dress is definitely an elegant way to show off your upper body attributes without doing too much. Don't forget to accessorize: layer a necklace in a plunging neckline, go for this cute min bag... So many styling options for you to play with.  You can also through a leather jacket on your shoulders for a more sophisticated and trendy look with combat boots or nice heeled sandals.

5- Maxi Dress in the cold. 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.

But before we start, it is important to recognize your body shape. Every woman’s body is different and the fit of clothing can enhance your shape. Knowing parts of your body you’d like to highlight definitely helps you find the most flattering maxi dress for your shape. Keep in mind you may be petite if you are under 5’4” (162 cm) or plus size if you wear larger than a US size 16. Research different styles to decide on what you like and what might look great on you. For example:

  • Play up an hourglass figure with a strapless column maxi dress.
  • Highlight your curves with a spaghetti-strap maxi that falls in a column or has a slight A-line (Pear & X)
  • Consider a classy capped-sleeve maxi if you are big-busted.
  • Play up an athletic physique with a belted maxi that skims your body or makes a long, slim silhouette (inverted triangle)
  • Try waistline-cinching and simple silhouettes to downplay larger busts and diving necklines, open backs, and details like ruching to boost your bust.
  • Empire waist or shape skimming fabrics for curvier figures and skin-bearing options to elongate smaller bodies (round, rectangle...).
Outfit Details
Dress & Sandals @Champagne | Hat @Liliphia
Earrings and Bangles @BijouLakay | Bag @Shoppingmycloset

So what is your favorite maxi dress style or way to style a maxi dress? Comment below and let me know.

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  1. Beautiful in the maxi

  2. I usually prefer a maxi dress with sleeve as I feel they are more versatile but I enjoy adding a tee to my sundress one so it is more comfortable to move about.

    1. never tried a tee under a maxi- I will give it a try :-). Thanks Mireille

  3. I am a fan of all sorts of maxi dress styles! This little white dress is so gorgeous. And your sandals are the perfect accessory! Absolutely stunning, my friend.


  4. What a cute white dress! I agree, maxi dresses are so easy to dress up or down :)

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    Away From The Blue


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