The misconception about maxi dresses is they’re frumpy and shapeless, but the truth is they can amp up any silhouette. The trick? Don’t spend too much time choosing the style—just go with one that catches your eye and you feel comfortable wearing. Instead, focus on how you accessorize it. Here’s how to choose and wear the right one for you.
Nice and Flowy
Made of 95% rayon and 5% spandex, there’s a nice little bit of stretch in this fabric. POSESHE
A maxi dress needs to feel easy and comfortable, but you don’t necessarily want to be swimming in it. A dress made from a stretchy rayon-spandex fabric, rather than cotton, will drape and cling in the right places, rather than billow.
Everybody loves pockets, right? GRECERELLE
Opting for a solid color maxi dress is like starting with a blank canvas. Put on the dress and then the possibilities are endless—add an oversized tote or perhaps a chunky necklace. Pair with a denim jacket or simple cardigan. Or get really fancy and tie a knot up one side and show off a cute pair of shoes.
Easy to Layer
Layer a turtleneck underneath for a grunge-y look. YESNO
A spaghetti strap dress gives you lots of options—wear it on its own on sunny days, then layer a thin t-shirt or turtleneck underneath and top with a leather jacket when the temperatures dip. And if you really want to maximize the power and use of this dress, we have a third option—it’s lightweight enough to use as a nightgown!