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When we think about a maxi dress, we instantly refer to a flowy dress in a soft, floral fabric that is thrown over a bikini while on vacation. But, a maxi dress can also be dressed up with a clutch and a pair of pumps during wedding season. Shockingly, it is not just reserved for warm, summer months and daytime use. As a matter of fact, street style stars have proved to us that ‘winter or evening maxi’ is an even more stunning and eye-catching proposition! 

When reimagined in the fabric that’s more appropriate in colder nights or months, or with ruffles, padded sleeves, and dark accents, a maxi dress loses its beach, summery vibe and transitions into an edgy, more sophisticated dress. 

If you’re still unsure of when and how to make maxi dresses work, fret not! We have all the inspiration you’re in dire need of, so scroll down now.

Maxi Dresses for Daytime 

Maxi dresses work fabulously for walks in the park, beach trips, to the races, and during wedding season. But, what you don’t know is it’s also appropriate for work/office wear! If you want to give it a try, remember layering is key, especially during the winter season. A maxi dress that’s long and flowy will cover your legs, but with panache. You can complete your outfit with a neutral-colored blazer or coat and a pair of platforms, then you’re good to go! 

Not a fan of blazers? Pair your maxi dress with a long sleeve top or turtleneck for a chic, yet comfortable office outfit. Add another layer of smart by wearing ankle boots and a belt. 

If what you want is a casual, versatile look that is not restricting for daytime, opt for a colored, printed or embellished maxi. The key in perfecting a daytime look using a maxi dress is by dressing it down.

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Try it with your favorite trainers and a handbag. Casual flat sandals with trendy glasses also make for another classic daytime look. Of course, a trip to the pool or beach will require you to wear flipflops or sandals with the dress. Simply pick the pair that complements the color of your outfit’s light, flowing material! 

Maxi Dresses for Evening

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There are formal maxi dresses you can purchase, which look absolutely dreamy for off duty dressing, glitzy evening affairs, and black tie invites. Opt for print or a statement color in a luxurious fabric like satin, velvet, or lace for an elegant look. If you are attending an evening party, it would be best to opt for an embellished dress that will add some sparkle and sophistication to your night. Both short- and long-sleeved maxi dresses make perfect options for formal events, but make sure you cover up on cooler nights. 

We know it can be hard to decide on which shoes to wear. Try considering your dress’s length, the occasion, and your height. The more casual nighttime look will need wedges for comfort. We love them as they make walking and moving around easy. For a dressier evening look, pair your dress with heels; however, you may be slightly shorter height-wise, so opt for stacked wedges to avoid tripping and to help your maxi sit at the right length.

 Accessorizing a Maxi Dress: Daytime

 This awe-inspiring, year-round style hero matches with different kinds of accessories. If your maxi dress is embellished or patterned, then you must certainly opt for simpler ones to make sure the details of your dress are the focus rather than your accessories.

If you are wearing a jersey or loose cotton maxi dress, you will find a waist belt helps in pulling the outfit together while defining your shape! This is best for A-line style maxi dresses. You have to choose the accessories you use wisely as they should ALWAYS compliment instead of distracting from your beautiful dress.

 If you are heading for brunch with friends or running errands, simplicity is obviously the key. We suggest keeping it subtle by pairing the dress with a thin bracelet, long necklace, and stud earrings. You can opt for a tote or shoulder bag to keep the look chic and casual. For a slightly cooler day, the ideal jacket to use with the maxi is a biker or denim jacket, fitted blazer, or a light cardigan.

 Accessorizing a Maxi Dress: Evening 

Give that evening maxi dress of yours a glamorous makeover with a statement bag, embellished shoes, and some diamante jewelry. Heading for dinner on a holiday? A tan leather bag, studded belt, and gold jewelry are perfect if you are wearing a boho maxi dress.

So, you’re ready to shop! Check out our massive collection of versatile maxi dresses, and tell us what you liked.

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