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You've Been Styling Your Maxi Dress All Wrong

How to Style Your Maxi Dress in 2021

For many women, maxi dress styles are their best friends. The humble maxi dress takes them from romantic dates to work to the beach to evening soirees. Yes, there aren't many places your maxi dress won't take you. And, better still, this summer wardrobe staple also works just as well in winter. We love how maxis are so versatile.

We also love how maxi dresses have the power to metamorphose into a completely different look with a few tweaks here and there. It's fair to say that the trusty maxi dress will always be a classic, but if you want to know how to style a maxi dress in 2021, check out some of our favourite and more unique ways to wear a maxi dress.

As well as not being season-restricted (who else was wearing their maxi dress over a turtleneck sweater last winter?), maxis are also timeless. They've long been a firm favourite, and now that summer's back and lockdown is easing, it's time to start getting dressed up and creative with your clothes once again. Here are some of our favourite ways to wear your maxi dress this season.  

And despite what some might say - the maxi dress isn't a look of yesteryear. Recycling your maxi dresses is perfectly acceptable (and almost encouraged) - it's the dress that just keeps giving. There's a maxi dress style for everyone, no matter your size or shape, from minimal plain-coloured maxis to billowing floral dresses.

Brunch Maxi Vibes

Want to know how to wear a maxi dress to brunch with the girls? Put on your favourite floral maxi dress, add a thin belt, a denim jacket, and some pearls (the chunkier, the better). You'll end up with a beautiful and well-put-together look with a bit of an edge - it's one of the few maxi dress styles that accentuates the legs, giving the illusion of longer, leaner legs thanks to the skinny belt-jacket combo.

Red Carpet Ready Beach Dresses

There aren't any rules that state how to style a maxi dress for evening events, which is why we're breaking the usual dress code and advocating dressing up beachwear. If you want to wear a maxi dress to your next fundraiser or black-tie event, look for statement colours, prints, or fabrics. Add a cropped blazer, some killer heels, and a cute clutch, and take your resort look to the red carpet.

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Maxis X Jeans

Show off the slightest hint of denim underneath your ankle-length maxi dress to reveal your frayed skinnies to create an undeniably effortless cool look that's perfect for a day's shopping. Add some contrasting ankle-heeled boots to bring it all together.

Knotted Maxis for the Win

Whether you want to avoid your beautiful dress skimming the floor when wearing your trusty maxi dress, or you just want to create that coveted "je ne sais quoi" look that whispers "laidback cool," there's a simple DIY stylist hack regarding how to tie a maxi dress. Grab one side of your dress, pull it up and tie it with a neutral coloured hair tie for an effortless asymmetrical beachy look.

Or, if you want to create a more balanced look, repeat the process on the other side as well. Don't forget your flip-flops and oversized tote to make you beach-ready!

DIY Knotted Front Maxis

Bored of wearing your maxi dress in the same old way? How about creating a lax look by learning how to tie a maxi dress at the front instead. To create this chilled look, allow your dress to drape to the floor naturally, then gather about a foot of the fabric and tie it where the dress touches the centre of your thighs.

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You'll love the result - a sweet rosette fabric knot that skims just above the knees and contrasts with the cascading fabric at the back. Soft cotton fabrics work best here. Keep it simple and wear it with your favourite flip-flops or ballet flats.

The Multi-Functional Maxi

Is it a dress? Is it a skirt? Keep them guessing by transforming your maxi dress into a maxi skirt and creating a whole new laidback look by simply throwing on an oversized boyfriend tee over it. Pair this with some of your favourite trainers, and you've got a casual street look that will win you some serious style points.

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Designer-Inspired Maxi Dress Styles

And if jeans under maxi dresses aren't enough - you'll be glad to know the noughties are back with the curious wide-legged trousers under-the-dress look. To pull this look off in 2021, keep it minimal, and skip all of the over-the-top accessories that made this look famous 30-odd years ago. If you're still not sure, check out the recent Fendi shows for some inspo.

Nothing beats monochrome for a glamorous evening look, so add a touch of elegance with a simple black maxi layered over a lightweight pair of white pants.  

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With these simple tips on how to style a maxi dress, you'll never tire of this on-trend and oh-so-versatile dress. With a little imagination, this is a dress for all occasions and seasons. There are many maxi dress styles and outfit combinations to choose from that will make an impact during this season and beyond. How will you wear yours?

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