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!
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:
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.
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).
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!
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…
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.
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.