5 Ways to Style Your Maxi Dress

One of the most comfortable options to get dressed this spring and summer is a maxi dress.

Throwing one over your head and sporting a pair of flip-flops is the easiest way to go on a hot summer day. But what about wearing a maxi dress on a Saturday night out? To a luncheon, shopping downtown, or simply out to dinner?

We’ve put together 5 great ways to wear a maxi dress this season. Some of these pieces you probably already have in your closet—all you’ll need is the dress! Or maybe you already have the dress, but want to know how to accessorize it correctly. Either way, these looks are easily achievable and look great on any woman.


The dress is a beachy number by Love Shack Fancy, a new favorite among celebrities and fashionistas. Paired with a sleek tuxedo-style vest in white for a chic look, or a destructed denim vest for laid-back casual, this dress stands out in a crowd. Some simple gold studs, spiky bangles, and a pretty necklace are all you need to accessorize.

Pictured: Dress, Love Shack Fancy, $465; White vest, Alexander Wang, $750; Denim vest, Aeropostale, $25; Earrings, Gorjana, $50; Necklace, Brevity, $95; Bangles, Alex & Ani, $385; Shoes, Loeffler Randall, $295


It’s edgy and cool—a perfect Saturday night ensemble. We love the tuxedo jacket as it adds a little structure to an otherwise breezy look, and the mix-and-match bangles and silver clutch help nail the “rocker chic” vibe. Finally, who could forget these amazing Pedro Garcia open-toe booties? We’re completely lusting over them.

Pictured: Dress, Young Fabulous & Broke, $202; Blazer, Helmut Lang, $575; Booties, Pedro Garcia, $495; Clutch, Clare Vivier, $195; Black earrings, Kendra Scott, $75; Hoop earrings, Kendra Scott, $70; Bracelets (all), BaubleBar


This outfit couldn’t be any easier. The classic “Jungle Red” Nars lipstick plus a utility vest and a statement necklace and you’re out the door. You don’t necessarily have to wear a heel or wedge, either. This outfit would work with a simple metallic flip-flop and still be suitable for dinner out with your girlfriends.

Pictured: Dress, Young Fabulous & Broke, $233; Utility vest, American Eagle Outfitters, $50; Wedge booties, Ash, $250; Bracelet, BaubleBar, $42; Necklace, Piperlime, $30; Lipstick, Nars Jungle Red, Sephora, $26 


Where CAN’T you wear this look? Bring some color into your life and try out this bright-blue maxi dress paired with a citron-yellow scarf and red-orange sandals.  Worried about too much color? A neutral sandal will do just fine. Our favorite part of the outfit has to be the straw fedora, where fashion meets function.

Pictured: Dress, Bobi, $160; Hat, Michael Stars, $38; Sandals, Circus by Sam Edelman, $45; Scarf, Stella & Dot, $59; Bracelet, Stella & Dot, $79; Earrings, Stella & Dot, $39 


This look is all about Ravinia on a chilly summer night. Throw on a simple jean jacket, your cowgirl boots and a couple fun accessories to make it pop. The diamond initial necklace adds dose of sweetness and balances the more rugged jacket and boots.

Pictured: Dress, Velvet by Graham & Spencer, $128; Jean Jacket, AG Jeans, $275; Boots, Kohl’s, $40; Necklace, Jennifer Meyer, $1,800; Bracelet, Alexander McQueen, $245; Earrings, BaubleBar, $28 


Want to take your maxi dress from day to night? Here’s how!

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