There’s no doubt that the most beautiful of summer trends is the maxi dress. With its free-flowing style and long sweeping hemline, the maxi dress is the perfect way to exude elegance whilst feeling totally comfortable. But styling your maxi dress isn’t as simple as merely going out and choosing a design. Careful consideration when thinking about how to wear a maxi dress can make all the difference between an average look and a superb one.
Think About The Best Colour
You can find maxi dresses in a stunning range of colours, so you’re bound to find one that looks fabulous for you. Echoing the gorgeous cerulean of a summer sky, an electric blue maxi makes the perfect summer outfit, either worn individually or as a cover-up for the beach. Smart black is always a good choice as it’s slimming and attractive – opt for a tailored design with three-quarter sleeves and diamanté edging for a sophisticated feel, or capture the essence of freedom with a layered chiffon number that swirls elegantly as you move. Cool white is naturally a summer favourite. Why not try a translucent cheesecloth maxi with lace filigree panels and spaghetti straps or broderie anglais version with plunging neckline and leather belt cinching the waist?
Select The Best Pattern
Patterned maxi dresses are also a wonderful choice and there’s plenty of options to choose from. Floral prints, especially miniature designs such as mille fleurs, are always a firm favourite, especially when married with soft pastel tones for the prettiest of designs. But if you want to make a bolder statement, then look for a vibrant print design, maybe in bold stripes or swirling colours, that will get you noticed for all the right reasons.
Choose The Best Fabric
The voluminous styling of the maxi dress is best suited to airy fabrics which provide plenty of motion and are comfortable when the temperature climbs. Light cheesecloths, linen weaves, and chiffons, are especially favoured, sometimes layered for even greater motion. Lightweight cottons are also popular, especially for printed designs that accent your femininity. But some modern synthetic fabrics provide excellent stretch and swing, and are ideal for bolder colourful prints.
And Not Forgetting The shoes…
Your choice of footwear can make or break your maxi dress outfit. Flip-flops aren’t generally very flattering, so go for Roman sandals, lace-ups, or tall strappy sandals for effortless elegance.
The featured photo: Keeping it simple and sophisticated in all-black maxi dress, clutch and shoes. Via Annette Haga
Dress: H&M, Clutch: Balenciaga, Shoes: Steve Madden. How To Wear A Maxi Dress
Charlotte Groeneveld looks effortlessly feminine in this gorgeous floral printed maxi dress, worn with edgy black ankle boots and classic sunnies. We love this look for when summer comes round!
Dress: Baum und Pferdgarten SS16, Bag/Boots: Chloe.
A double buckle belt such as this one will make a great addition to your maxi dress outfit. Clinching in your waist and accentuating your figure, a belt will enhance your look and create a sophisticated overall style. Via Jill Wallace.
Dress: Urban Outfitters, Belt: The Lair.
Floral maxi dresses are the way to go! Vanja Milicevic looks ultra feminine in this gorgeous flowing dress, paired with a cute cropped leather hacket and ankle boots. Wear with jeans underneath if you want to recreate this look exactly.
Jeans/Dress/Jacket: Zara, Boots: Cinti, Bag: Gucci.
A white maxi dress will look stunning with a pair of white sandals. Via Annabelle Fleur
Dress: Phillip Lim
Delicately patterned maxi dresses are always a big yes! Via Alexandra
Dress: Buylevard, Sandals: Raye
If you’re looking for a swish outfit summer why not try Angelica Blick’s electric blue maxi dress and white sandals combo.
Dress: H&M, Shoes: ASOS, Hat: Kuene
Beautiful and not over the top. An amazingly good looking summer dress. Via Mary Seng
Dress: Urban Outfitters. Maxi Dress Outfit
If you choose to go with a dark canvas, then combine your wrap maxi dress with similarly coloured, (in this case black), sandals and bag. Via Racquel Natasha
Dress: Reformation, Gladiator Sandals: Sol Sana Shoes, Bag: Botkier