Styling the Maxi Dress for Summer

Long dresses used to be for stuffy, formal occasions. Now, we live in a world where you can wear a bandage dress to graduation and sweatpants to a five star restaurant. Your pieces of clothing are more about how you style them than their actual function. And styling the maxi dress has never been so fun!

styling the maxi

Now I won’t deny the comfort of a jersey knit maxi and flipflops, but I’ll also be the first to tell you that that comfortable look isn’t winning you any style points. If you don’t give two damns about style because you’re just having that kind of day, then focus on what’s actually important boo. If not, it’s always fun to play pretty! When styled correctly, maxi dresses emit an ethereal chic that’s beautiful for summer, both day and night.

To ensure you’re utilizing maxi dresses in the most flattering, stylish way possible, read on and take note…

Styling The Maxi Dress for Summer:

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Ditch the flipflops

It’s easy to reach for flip-flops when you’re rocking the longer hemlines. Maybe you’re even thinking no one will notice what’s on your feet? Nice try… Pairing your maxi dress with a dressier pair of shoes will elevate your look (even white leather sneakers if you’re still wanting a more relaxed vibe). You can also wear a sexy pair of stilettos to take the look from casual day time to date night sexy.

styling the maxi dress


A gorgeous pair of Elton John inspired sunnies, or a beautiful statement necklace, will go a long way with styling the maxi dress. Think of your maxi as a canvas. What does your artistic fashionista want to say? If you’re feeling edgy and moody, you go girl and throw that leather biker jacket on! If you’re feeling girly and fresh, layer in some interesting beaded jewelry or maybe even rock a flower headband (beware: this takes actual skill to style properly if you’re not 15 anymore).

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Wear a pretty print

One flat, dull, singularly coloured sea of material can be hard to pull off if your maxi dress isn’t skin tight or more structured. Instead of concerning yourself so much with the fit, opt for a maxi dress in a pattern or texture you like and showcase more of your individual style. Florals are an easy summer favourite, but there are some really interesting maxis in giraffe patterns and palm trees that are just dying to be styled by some weirdos at heart!

styling the maxi dress

Elongate with a v neck

A v-shaped neckline will help elongate your figure and keep you from drowning in fabric. As you can tell, I let my inner Beyonce out a little bit to play here. Showing some leg also stops the maxi dress from overwhelming your body. How much leg? It depends on what scale of nun to freakum dress you’re going for…

styling the maxi dress for summer

Define your waist with a belt

A waist belt is an easy cheat for styling the maxi. Cinching your waist emphasizes your curves. Thicker belts cut the torso, so petite girls should opt for a thinner belt to lengthen. However, if you have a belt you love (like how I feel about my black leather Obi belt here) don’t let any fashion rules get in your way girlfriend! You can even use a silk scarf as a belt, if you need that extra pop of colour or print.

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Don’t feel bad if you don’t have a defined style sense where every piece blends seamlessly together either. Neither do I! Luckily for girls like us, styling the maxi is a major fashion opportunity to express yourself! Your style sense consists of all the clothing and accessories that make you smile, even if none of those things match. Your fashion should make you feel good about yourself. Because let’s face it… You’re pretty bomb.

  • The dress is so cool and you look fabulous in it! Awesome styling!


  • Looking good boo 🙂 Some great tips. I will def. never wear flats with my maxi again and I really need to try it with a waist belt!!! I’m styling a maxi for our blog to tomorrow.


    • kandjasylla

      Yay! I can’t wait to see what you come up with Camilla 🙂 xx

  • Kandja, you are SLAYING in that maxi dress. Your legs are amazing. Ugh. Also, the maxi dress looks amazing on you. I’ll honestly ditch the flip-flops whatever the occasion, but maxi items call for stilettos no matter what, haha. Also loving the final paragraph. Yes to positivity!


    • kandjasylla

      Thank you May! And Holy Balls your blog is so gorgeous!
      Thanks for stopping by, and enjoy the week ahead xx

  • I love this freakum dress!! You look hot as usual. Love all the tips, this momma really needs help. XO

    • kandjasylla

      At least your face is always gorgeous! It’s hard to get both makeup AND fashion on point… Especially when you have interests outside of spending 2h on how you look lol

  • Lovely photos dear:)

    • kandjasylla

      Thank you angel pie!

  • Taylor Mobley

    I love your writing style and this dress in general. I’m so glad I stumbled on your page! Will definitely be subscribing 🙂
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    • kandjasylla

      Thanks for the compliment Taylor:) I’d love to subscribe too xx

  • Love this dress! And all your styling tips are amaze!! You look like a model!

  • That dress is everything, and those shoes are giving me life! You look amazing.

  • Wow! You look so gorgeous in that maxi dress!!! Amazing tips ! Thanks for sharing. I try to ditch flop-flops whenever it is possible. 🙂

    Have a great day beautiful!

    Rita |

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  • OMG I love this look! So chic.


  • What a gorgeous dress babe! You look fantastic.
    Always killing it.
    Xox, Raysa

  • I could never pull off such a low-cut dress, but I love the overall look. I really like your profile pic too. So natural and fun.

  • Miss Sweet & Chic

    Omg you’re legs!!!! I couldn’t stop staring lol I love maxis, I think I have like 40 maxi dresses 🙂 You styled it perfectly and I’m so in love with you’re belt! Xoxoxo

  • Oh la la I’ll definitely try maxi dresses with heels next time 🙂
    Thanks for the tips girl!

    Stay Shining,

  • Love your maxi dress and your styling tips! You look stunning babe! 🙂

  • This dress is gorgeous! You can rock anything!

  • Amazing, you are looking so beautiful dear!

  • Fab dress it is a cool hybrid of a shirt dress/maxi dress and the print is amazing.

  • Wow you look absolutely amazing! Such a beautiful dress! Love the print on it.


  • I am obsessed with this look! Stunning!

  • Tamara

    Loving this Maxi! The print is absolutely gorgeous! You look so fab!


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  • What an awesome post! I really love everything about it! 🙂 xo Annie
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  • You are always KILLING it Sandja! Can I please have your legs?! This dress looks amazing and I love the slit because it really shows off how sexy you are! <3 xo, sharon

  • Oh babe i love this maxi! Though the shoes really stole the show for me ❤️❤️

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  • This is one of my favorite looks, Kandja! That belt cinching the waist and the completely open front with those killer heels is FIERCE. I don’t think I have enough stylist tape yet for such a deep V plunge, but I’m happy to order some and step on over to the bombshell side.

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  • I am loving this whole look! Your tip about pairing a maxi dress with something other than flipflops is something I need to do!!

    Great Post!

  • Maxi dresses are so cool & I love how you paired yours with the chunky heels. :]

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  • Absolutely love this dress, girlfriend. The print is gorgeous!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  • You look so chic, so good with the styling and the tips! Love a good maxi with a chic pattern. Stunning love! Xx

  • Love your take on the maxi dress! Looking stunning.
    Christina ♥

  • Izabela

    Great tips. I completely agree that maxi dresses shouldn’t be worn with flip flops unless you’re on a beach.

  • gosh your figure is perfection! love this dress on you, and I agree I always prefer maxi dresses with a leg split to stop my body being drowned in fabric! 🙂

    Metallic Paws

  • You dress is gorgeous hun!
    Love Emina

  • Lovely photos dear, you looking so beautiful!

  • Joy

    Amazing, love that belt, super chic

  • Lovely photos!!
    Beautiful dress!
    *Carol* and xx Vero

  • Kandja, you look stunning in this maxi dress! Love how you ‘dressed’ it up with those great heels and Obi belt!

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  • You look so pretty Kandja! Loving your tips, especially with elongating the v neck. I’ve been doing a lot of that lately. It’s so sexy!


  • You’re sooo perfect ! That outfit is awesome, original, perfect and looks amazing on you ! Love the print of that dress ♡

  • You’re such a babe! Loving how you styled your maxi! x

    Happy weekend,

  • Great post! Lovely dress!

  • This dress looks so perfect for the summer! I love how it looks on you, makes your legs go on for days girl!

  • You are totally killing it boo. Love your styling tips here.
    You know how to accentuate your perfect body girl. That waist and those legs 😀
    Richa | Fancier’s World

  • You are a gorgeous girl. I always been in love with maxi dresses. Is something about them that I love so much. Love the heels and your legs girl !!!
    Happy Tuesday !
    Aurela xoox

  • Nice dress but I think you must be tall to pull it off. Or at least, long looking legs. 😉

  • Maxi is a great fashion trend coming from a long time back. Its amazing designs and styles. Thanks for sharing this wonderful information here with us.

  • Fab dress it is a cool hybrid of a shirt dress/maxi dress and the print is amazing.

  • Jo

    I love this Maxi dress. Need one in my life. You are so beautiful girl!


  • You look stunning! Gorgeous!

  • Nice Post .

  • Thank You so Much .

  • Great Post .

  • Wow such a beautiful look! You look stunning hun!

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  • I love this maxi dress. You look awesome in it. Oh and I can’t forget to tell you about those heels. I love them. I need to shop for more heels because honestly I don’t own to many and that part of my wardrobe needs a lot of growth.

  • I love maxi dresses! girl you look so sexy in that dress!

  • These are amazing tips! I love how you styled this outfit. Love how helpful all of your posts are. Can’t wait to read your next piece of advice and your fun tips!

  • My girl…you are a Queen! Amazing shots and great tips!!

    Alicia xxx

  • That black and white maxi dress looks like it was made just for you, you look fabulous! We also love those heels, so chic!

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  • Alix Niyonkinzo

    You look absolutely gorgeous in this outfit…. this cool outfit look so flattering on you babe!

    x Alix N,