How to Style a Maxi Dress

how to style a maxi dress

There are so many good things a maxi dress has to offer but I think my two favorite qualities are the comfort level and the way you don’t really have to do much to make a cute outfit with one. Maxi dresses are definitely a staple in my wardrobe, and I find my self continuously reaching for them–especially when I don’t really want to think about what I’m going to wear.

When it comes to how to style a maxi dress, there are so many different ways depending on the look you’re going for. From daytime casual to an evening out, a maxi dress is a staple that can work for multiple seasons and events.

I compiled some of my favorite (yet simple) maxi dress outfit ideas to inspire you. Styling your maxi dress with some rattan accessories or simply layering on a denim jacket is sometimes all you need to elevate your entire look.

How to Style a Maxi Dress

Maxi Dress with a Denim Jacket

Throwing a good denim jacket on over a maxi dress is such an effortless way to pull an outfit together. With so many good options, from oversized to dark washed, you’re sure to find one that suits your maxi dress perfectly. Here are a few pieces I would personally use style a maxi dress with a denim jacket.

denim jacket
green maxi dress
dark wash denim jacket
white maxi dress
denim jacket
colorful maxi dress

Maxi Dress with Sneakers

Like I mentioned in the beginning of this post, I’m not sure what’s more comfortable (and acceptable to wear in public) than a maxi dress. Combine one with some sneakers and you’ll be good to go from a day filled with errands to meeting friends for happy hour.

The maxi dress with sneakers look is also pretty versatile so you could wear a combination of these two pieces for so many occasions. Here are just a few of my favorite combos!

adidas tan sneakers
pink maxi dress with bow in the back
gola white sneakers
white maxi dress that ties in the back
white sam edelman sneakers
green maxi dress with halter neckline

Maxi Dress with Rattan Accessories

I’m not sure what embodies spring and summer more than rattan accessories, and I love to style these with a flowy maxi dress. From rattan sandals to straw bucket hats and bags, I’ve got you covered with these adorable accessories that pair perfectly with your favorite maxi dresses.

p.s. These looks would be ideal to wear while wine tasting!

rattan purse
flower printed maxi dress
rattan block heels
yellow maxi dress
rattan bucket hat
one shouldered green maxi dress
rattan sandals with buckle

Maxi Dress with Ballet Flats

I’m happy to report that the ballet flat trend looks like it’s here to stay a while. If sneakers are a bit too casual for the look you’re going for, ballet flats can bring a more sophisticated feel to a maxi dress outfit. There are so many different looks you can create with this duo, but I’m loving these combos in particular. It’s just a bonus that you can wear all of these ballet flats with other looks too!

white ballet flats with strap
yellow ruffle maxi dress
metallic ballet flats in silver
white maxi dress
white crochet ballet flats
white strapless maxi dress

My Favorite Maxi Dresses

Maxi Dress Outfit Ideas

maxi dress outfit with heels
white maxi dress outfit styled with sandals
long sleeve maxi dress outfit with sunglasses
maxi dress outfit with wide brimmed sun hat
flowy maxi dress outfit
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