We can’t deny the comfort of a maxi dress, but figuring out how to wear a maxi dress can be a head-scratcher. Since maxi dresses are a go-to year-round uniform for many, we’ve made it our mission to show you exactly what to do with them. This particular style has the ability to emit an ethereal vibe that’s lovely for both day and night, and the plethora of street style stars who wear it is a clear indication that maxi dresses are a surefire way to stand out. These days, the key to knowing how to wear a maxi dress is creativity, so prepare to think outside the box and find out all the ways to do it now.
To ensure that you’re styling the piece in the coolest, chicest ways possible, read on and take note of the fashion girls who have expertly nailed the look. Then, shop some of our favorite maxi dresses of the season.
Wear casual pieces with a fancy dress for a daytime-appropriate outfit.
Unexpected accessories add interest.
Choose the proper length to show off a pair of statement shoes.
Capitalize on a maxi dress’s versatility by layering.
Unexpected outerwear and shoes add an element of surprise.
Layer one over a pair of long trousers.
Stand out with bold color combinations.
Add a flattering, waist-defining piece to a flowing maxi dress.
Make it office-appropriate with a blazer and structured shoes.
Experiment with layering.
A long, structured shirtdress always feels fresh.
Keep your dress from touching the ground with a pair of platforms.
Add a cropped jacket and closed-toe shoes for colder days.
People are losing it over this viral Topshop dress.Available in sizes 0 to 14.
Night out–worthy (thanks to the hint of sparkle).Available in sizes M to L.
There’s always room for another romantic, flowy dress.Available in sizes 1X to 3X.
A black dress that's anything but boring.Available in sizes 6 to 14.
This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.
Allyson is a senior editor for Who What Wear. She joined the company in 2014 as co-founder Katherine Power's executive assistant and over the years has written hundreds of stories for Who What Wear. Prior to her career in fashion, Allyson worked in the entertainment industry at companies such as Sony Pictures Television. Allyson is now based in Raleigh, North Carolina, and is originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She holds a BFA in theater. Her path to fashion may not have been linear, but based on the number of fashion magazines she collected as a child and young adult, it was meant to be.