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Maxi dresses continue to endure as a trans-seasonal trend for a reason: they’re amazingly versatile. Their versatility extends beyond the many, many ways you can style them (we’ll get to that), and includes their endlessly figure flattering design. Does matter if you’re tall or short, super lean or curvy: you can rock a maxi dress.
Of course, there’s such thing as being spoiled by choice, and it’s the maxi’s styling versatility that also makes this dress daunting to wear for many women.
Well, no more! Read on, and learn how to style your maxi for maximum effect, every time.
#1 Style with Sneakers
Nothing exudes cool casual like a light, cotton maxi dress styled with a killer pair of kicks. Not to be confused with athletic training shoes, your sneakers combine comfy function with cute style to offer up a contemporary casual flare. When you wear them with a maxi, you get an easy, breeze fun look that shows you’re ready for fun.
#2 Add a Blazer
Bring a more casual maxi dress to work by wearing it with a blazer. The structure afforded by this jacket will tame the wild and free flow of your maxi, making it more work appropriate.
#3 Belt It
Here’s another great way to add some structure to a maxi: wear a belt! Not only is this flattering, since a belt will draw attention to the narrowest part of your waist, but it also adds some different texture to the uniform material of your maxi.
#4 Jean Jam
Whether you sport a classic denim jacket or a vest, it’s almost impossible to go wrong when you combine jean and a maxi dress. Once again, it adds a little structure to your look, while also introducing a cool new texture.
#5 Ankle Boots
Ankle boots were made for maxi dresses — especially when they have a cute heel. No one’s saying you have to sport towering stiletto heels, but — especially if you’re on the shorter side — a bit of a heel can go a long way to give your look a lift and prevent the weight of the maxi’s skirt from weighing you down.
#6 Strappy Sandals
We’re talking footwear again, and this time, we’re stripping down to a pair of strappy sandals. The wispy nature of these shoes is a stunning balance to the more full-bodied flow of the maxi dress. And, as with anything in life, balance is key.
#7 Leather Love
Once again, we’re going to introduce a little texture to the maxi. Whether you want to wear a leather jacket or choker or a leather bracelet or armband, some leather affords your look a beautifully bohemian touch.
#8 Go Formal
If you want to style your maxi for a more formal event, all you need to do is up the accessory ante. Select bold metallics or blinged out baubles. Just bear in mind that some maxis are too casual to make the full transition to formal wear. Maybe the pattern is too cutesy, or the fabric too thin. If you want a beautiful maxi dress that can bridge the gap, aim for one with more structure, featuring details like ruching or pleats or a wide waistband.
#9 Head Gear
Maxis look amazing with hats. From baseball caps to fedoras to wide-brimmed sun hats to cute fascinators, you can easily dress up or dress down your maxi with some well-appointed headgear.
With a few tweaks, your maxi can transform into a whole other look. Just use these tips to breathe new life into your maxi style.
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