Maxi dress, as we all know, is not only one of the most comfortable, flattering and forgiving items of clothing to wear but they are also surprisingly versatile too. They are easy to add layers over as well as hide layers under, making them the perfect transitional piece for the coming fall months where some days are super chilly and others are still warmed by the summer sun. This alone makes them and skirts my favorite pieces to wear for fall but they are also a fantastic way to extend your summer wardrobe and get creative with pieces you already have in your closet as well as fun accessories.
Thanks to its breezy silhouette, an extensive range of prints, and a wide spectrum of colors, maxi dresses pretty much double as cover-ups once summer rolls around. But when styled correctly, it doesn’t have to be worn exclusively at the beach – it can be also given a street-chic appeal.
For photographic proof, we rounded up our favorite street-style snaps that have us reaching for our favorite one. From posh black tie affairs to chic city wedding ceremonies, long days spent on the beach to smart shirt-types perfectly suited to the office; the ankle frock is without a doubt the most versatile Scroll through to learn from these chic snaps and then shop a few of our favorite maxis, below.
Slips over Shirts
Wearing a slip dress over a t-shirt may be a good idea for spring but autumn demands a little more planning and styling. Wearing a dress over a jumper is not only on-trend this season it’s also down right practical for cooler weather. The runways of House of Holland and Escada got it right by allowing the jumper to add warmth underneath while the dress maintained the feminine silhouette on top. Etro and Mulberry went one step further by adding a matching scarf and pants, respectively, to create two perfect examples of layering.
Off Duty Look
Sling on a tough-looking leather jacket and a pair of trainers and you have got yourself the perfect off-duty outfit. Length is key here when wearing yours with trainers, and should sit just below the ankle. Complete your look with a cool cross body bag and statement sunglasses. Adding a leather jacket over your breezy maxi dress makes your outfit with a touch of universal as well as comfortable. You can wear it as casual outfit when going shopping with the girls or as a date perfect at daytime or nighttime.
Office Look – Maxi and Jeans
The layered look has been a popular trend in recent years, and this season, trendsetters are taking it a bold step further with the dress over pants. If you are thinking of wearing a dress over pants and wondering whether it even makes sense – then yes, it does and you will love it. This ‘90s inspired trend is a cool new way to update items you already own by pairing them in a unique way that might not initially come to mind. The best way to wear your pants with long attire is with a high slit one. It will add a sophisticated yet modern look to your outfit. Would you dare to pair your maxi with pants?
Fancy it Up!
If you have a long ensemble that you want to wear from the beach to a fancy dinner, you can easily transform your maxi into a gown with a pair of beautiful in-style strappy sandals. Add a clutch to the outfit & belt the dress if you like & you’re good to go! Opt for either very minimal sandals or a multi-strap shoe. Of course, the busier the print of the dress, the more neutral & minimal the heels should be!
Chic and Cozy
It is time to prepare for the upcoming cold weather and what is the best way to do it with a fur coat. This will instantly add a chic touch to your outfit and will let you wear your summer garb over the cold temperatures. And if you opt for a faux fur floor length maxi coat like this one will add instant glamour to your outfit.
Accessorize it With Neck Scarf
What we love about this new Mark and Roberts trend is that it is extremely easy to do and it makes a huge outfit difference. It made us reconsider scarves but not for the sake of scarves but for the sake of scarves worn as chokers maybe and the little statement power they hold when tied like this. Tied loosely in a knot or wrapped several times, a silk scarf adds an instant chic to an outfit. No outfit is complete without a necktie.
Pair it With Boots
Ankle boots are perfect for entering or exiting the fall season. Lower ankle boots look best, but why not try a high-ankle pair of trendy platform boots à la Bowie.