Maxi dresses are gorgeous and so on-trend this season. But many women don’t know how to wear a maxi dress. They feel self conscious in such an attention-grabbing style, or fear they look like a sister-wife. These styling tips inspired by the spring 2015 runways and our favourite bloggers will hopefully lend the peace of mind that comes from knowing you look fantastic.
You can totally pull off a long-sleeved maxi dress
No, you’re not going to look like Laura Ingalls Wilder from Little House on the Prairie! To pull off a long-sleeved maxi, choose a dress with no pattern or a small pattern, like this one at Vera Wang. A large pattern may be overwhelming when covering the whole body. A lightweight, almost sheer fabric, will make the dress look more modern.
Don’t fear the sheer
We thought sheer maxi dresses were best left to fashion editorials until we saw this picture of British fashion blogger Olivia Emily. By pairing her sheer black maxi dress with a full-coverage black bra and shorts, she looks bohemian and pretty, not naked. If you’re not ready to go totally sheer yet, try our Nora Dress in Black. It’s see-through at the very top and from the mid-thigh down, keeping you on-trend but sufficiently covered up.
Keep your bag and shoes in the same colour family as your dress
Patterned shoes and a patterned bag with a patterned maxi dress? This look at Anna Sui could have been a nightmare. But because the pieces all contain shades of mustard and teal, they go together seamlessly. You have more freedom to clash colours when you’re wearing a shorter dress or separates, but with a maxi you want to make one cohesive statement.
A bright maxi dress looks great with minimal accessories
Because maxi dresses cover so much of your body, they make a big impact on their own. That means that if you want to, you can go easy on the accessories and let your dress shine. At Chloé, this sunshine-yellow dress was paired with the simplest sandals and no jewelry and still managed to be a showstopper. Go bold in our Moxie Dress in Red.
Tone down the hippie vibes with a motorcycle jacket
Don’t want to look quite so boho? A motorcycle jacket like our Michelle Jacket in Black adds instant city-slicker sophistication to an ethereal maxi dress, as seen on Polish blogger Ariadna Majewska.
Or play them up with a floppy hat and fuzzy vest
Doesn’t Peruvian blogger Didi Ibarra Rake look like a bohemian princess? Adding attention-grabbing, seventies-inspired accessories is a surefire way to stop traffic (in a good way) in your maxi.