How to Wear a Maxi Dress on Different Occasions

Sep 9, 2021 Aine Lagan
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A maxi dress is one outfit that works for every occasion. Whether you’re having brunch with your girlfriends or going to a wedding reception, a maxi dress works for it all. Whether you’re creating a capsule closet or investing in your wardrobe, maxi dresses should be at the top of your shopping list. It’s the perfect alternative to a midi dress and adds just enough drama to your look.

Still on the fence about a maxi dress? We’re sharing our favourite ways to wear maxi dresses for almost every occasion – from a weekend brunch to black tie events and a getaway vacation. It’s the effortlessly chic staple that will become your signature piece.

  • Black tie events

We most often think of wearing a maxi dress to black tie events or formal functions. It’s a more wearable alternative to a floor-length gala dress, while still being appropriate for special occasions. Our ‘Sagia’ is one of our favourites of the season, while the ‘Sakina’ is all over our Instagram feed.

For black-tie events, you want to style your maxi dress with a comfortable, yet stylish pair of stilettos. Formal occasions call for shoes that can do it all, giving you extra height without making it difficult to walk throughout the event.

A small clutch is a must-have to carry your essentials. Black tie events call for smaller handbags that are just big enough to hold your phone, lipgloss, and a backup phone charger. You want to keep your accessories to a minimum for black tie events and let the dress do the talking. We love to style a maxi dress with dainty, feminine jewellery for an elevated and effortlessly chic look.

  • Weekend brunch

Maxi dresses aren’t just for special occasions. With the right styling, you can reach for a maxi dress every weekend. We think they’re the perfect outfit for brunch with your girlfriends or a day exploring the city. A maxi dress is effortlessly chic and an easy way to show off your curves without wearing a tight-fitting dress.

Our ‘Malia’ is one of our favourites and a guaranteed show stopper for your next day out with the girls. Don’t be afraid to swap your stilettos for sneakers to make your outfit more casual.

Layering is your best friend when wearing a maxi on a casual day – and it’s the perfect way to turn a maxi dress into a transitional piece. You can opt for a leather or denim jacket to help layer up against the cold or keep your look cozy and casual with an oversized knitted cardigan.

A casual maxi dress doesn’t have to lose its flirty feel. Invest in a belt to cinch in your waist and accentuate your figure. You can choose a belt in the same colour as your dress for a monochrome look or create a contrast with a different shade or texture.

  • A vacation getaway

The next time you jet off on vacation, you want to put a maxi dress at the top of your packing list. It’s effortlessly chic, easy to style, and perfect for throwing into your carry-on luggage. Whether you’re hitting the beach or going shopping in the city, a maxi dress will see you through it all.

You can double-up your maxi dress and wear it as a beach cover-up with your favourite bikini or swimsuit. It’s the perfect choice to slip into after a day at the beach and before cocktails by the pool. Our ‘Romo’ is guaranteed to show off your summer glow and was designed to bring out your inner sun goddess. Don’t forget to pack your sandals and book in for a fresh pedicure!

Once the temperatures drop, you can switch out your sandals and beach bag for wedge heels and a clutch to take your look from day to night.

  • A winter look

It’s easy to think that spring and summer are the only time to wear maxi dress. This closet staple is a transitional piece that will take you through every season – making it the perfect investment for your closet. The secret to wearing a maxi dress in winter is to learn the art of layering.

A maxi dress is the right length to keep your legs warm, so you want to focus your attention on your top half. We love styling our ‘Toccara’ with a blazer and blanket scarf to bundle up against the cold. Depending on the neckline of your maxi dress, you can also throw on a sweater for a two-piece look.

When you’re adding layers to your maxi dress, take the chance to experiment with different textures to give your outfit an elevated feel.

  • An out-out staple

A maxi dress isn’t just for a casual day. It can also be a staple for your going out closet. Our ‘Nayeli’ is one of our most daring silhouettes and shows that sometimes less is more. A maxi dress like this is the perfect opportunity to show off your curves and a statement pair of shoes, along with a fresh summer glow.

While the cross-halter neckline rules out a necklace, this dress lets you experiment with other jewelry. You can channel your inner Kardashian with a sleek. high ponytail and photoshoot-ready makeup. You can keep your jewelry simple with oversized hoops or go all out with your favourite arm candy to make a statement. A maxi dress gives your outfit an instant elegance, whether you’re celebrating your birthday or a special occasion. It’s a break way from mini dresses and allows you to play with a full-length silhouette and experiment with leg slits, intricate necklines, and bold prints.

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