Here's Why It’s Time to Rethink the Maxi Dress

The maxi dress. You probably know it quite well—prevalent on warm, sunny days. Close your eyes and think back to last weekend... At some stage, you (hopefully) left your house to venture outside—maybe to a park, a café or to the grocery store. And no doubt during your travels, you saw someone in a maxi dress.

Over time, they’ve become that ubiquitous throw-on weekend dress that requires absolutely no effort. But it’s that ''no effort'' that can sometimes make them look daggy and the opposite of chic.

With a few easy styling tricks, you can make the humble maxi dress appropriate for every occasion. From a grocery store visit to a night time event, you might even start to reconsider throwing it over a cozzie at the beach. What a waste!

If it’s been a while since you’ve added a maxi dress to your wardrobe, take a look at how these stylish stars are wearing them. A fresh blow dry, well thought-out shoes and a complimentary bag can transform the lazy style staple into something worthy of being snapped in.

Keep scrolling to see our top 5 rules to follow when slipping on a maxi.

Rule 1: Keep accessories to a minimum

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If your dress has a lot of detail, keep things simple and go for a tote and sandals to match.

Rule 2: Theme your look

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Boho vibe? Go all the way with beaded accessories and a floppy hat. Is your maxi dress sleek? Ensure your accessories are too.

Rule 3: Heels and a maxi can work for day

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The easiest way to pull this off without looking like you're lost on your way to a black-tie event is to go for a loose style to keep things on the casual side.

Rule 5: Leave your thongs at home

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Leather sandals will always make you look more polished. Repeat after me: This spring, I will find leather sandals to replace my rubber thongs. Essential.

Rule 4: Let your dress be the statement

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For an after dark affair, just add heels and glossy hair and keep everything else simple.

Rule 6: Sneakers always give a cool-girl vibe

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As long as they’re clean, your sneakers will make your maxi dress look at least eight times cooler. Match them back with a slouchy style that makes sense so the look feels put together.

Keep scrolling to shop our favourite maxi dresses!

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