9 Elevated Ways to Style Your Maxi Dress This Summer

Wearing a maxi dress in summer is a no-brainer. It's the one piece you can just throw on to get out of the door in three seconds flat—but it's almost too easy to look sloppy or like you're headed to the beach. There are two factors that turn a maxi dress from beachwear to the elevated and sleek outfit we know it can be.

First, an ill-fitting style/shape is not your friend. It needs to cling in the right places, and fall softly where it's supposed to. The key is in ensuring the straps and arm holes fit comfortably. If they are too tight, you run the risk of the rest of the dress sitting incorrectly.

Second, your accessories are more important than you think. It might be easy to reach for thongs, but they'll immediately make your look feel more beachy than elevated.

We've curated nine perfect examples of how to style a maxi dress this season. Click through, and then shop a dress to suit your style.

Add matching accessories

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Plan out your outfit, and match your accessories to your dress. The sunglasses, bag, and sandals match the colours in this maxi, which immediately make the look feel grown up and well executed. 

Know your shapes

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It's important to find a dress shape that suits you. If a drop-waist style (for example) has never been your friend, it won't be now, but if it's a style that you often shop for in a shorter length, give the maxi version a try.   

Add a belt

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A belt will always make an outfit look finished. It shows that you've thought about your accessories before running out the door. Extra bonus? It'll slim your waist.

Add matching accessories

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We love the zig-zag printed dress, matched back with the similar printed bag. The addition of fun, bright accessories, makes this outfit a winner.

Go for crisp white

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A white shirt dress is the perfect option for in-office. Add a pair of loafers, and a tote bag, and you're ready for casual Friday.

Add layers

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A crochet dress doesn't need to be reserved for beach days. Add a slip, and you just increased your cost-per-wear ten fold.

Add dramatic accessories

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A maxi can work for evening with the right accessories. Embellished shoes and earrings add drama and intrigue.

Add a duster coat

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Long layers always look chic, and the addition of a duster coat is the icing on the cake.

Add a slouchy denim jacket

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A denim jacket slouched off one shoulder immediately makes this beachy dress feel more 'done'. 

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