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Style Remix: The Maxi Dress

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Women wearing maxi dresses
Photos: ELLE

For this edition of Style Remix, we’re featuring the maxi dress – a perfect item for spring-to-summer transitions! When you think maxi dress, what oftentimes comes to mind is a boho chic look incorporating a long pendant necklace or bangles with summer sandals. But we want you to think outside of the box, so we’re here to show you how to mix things up!

First things first, if you don’t already have this staple in your wardrobe, here are some basic tips for buying a maxi dress:

  • Consider Length: Women of any size or height can wear a maxi dress, but tailoring the length is a must! If you find that all dresses are a few inches too long, consider buying a dress for the fit and then taking it in to be shortened or hemming it at home.
  • Look for a Defined Waist: The most neutral and generally most flattering dresses are narrowest at the natural waist, or have a change in structure near the natural waist (think a flowy layer, an elastic band, etc.). If you’re not comfortable in a silhouette with a defined waist, consider cinching a less-shapely dress with a statement belt. It helps to break up the visual line of a material-heavy dress.
  • Note How the Material Hangs: Take a few twirls in front of the mirror before you buy a maxi dress. Since there’s already a lot of extra material, look for a dress that falls close to the body and flows over your curves — meaning no squeezing and no poofing.

Ready to see some remixes on maxi dresses? Read on to find out three different ways to wear a maxi dress:

1. Va-Va-Voom Vintage

Style remix maxi funk
Product Details: Dress, Hat, Braided Ring, Black Ring, Necklace, Belt, Lipstick

For a vintage-inspired look, pair a straw bowler hat, an architectural necklace, and several rings with a solid-colored maxi dress. With this ensemble, any type of shoe works, but the real punch is in a bright lip color. Soft, wavy hair, a classic red lip, and an abundance of jewelry channels the glamour of a silver-screen siren.

2. Funky Festival

Style remix maxi fest
Product Details: Dress, Chambray, Earrings, Wristlet, Boots, Ring

This ensemble is inspired by the fresh, funky look seen at all the hottest music festivals. To show off your boots (how cool is the woven detailing on this pair?), try knotting up the side of your maxi dress for a temporary asymmetric hem. Cuff up the sleeves of the chambray shirt, and don’t be afraid to mix-and-match with jewel-tones and brights, or mixed metal accessories. It’s all about ingenuity and personal expression!

3. Some Enchanted Evening

Style remix maxi evening
Product Details: Dress, Necklace, Jacket, Belt, Wristlet, Flats

To dress up a maxi dress for evening or a nice dinner out, try it with a cropped black blazer and printed flats. Keep accessories clean and simple in neutral colors. While the knit material of most casual maxi dresses is not traditionally an evening fabric, it can be dressed up a little for a spring or summer evening. Here, we’ve paired the dress with a belt of the same color, in a deeper shade. It’s a great way to add a little interest to your outfit without breaking up the long line of the dress.

What do you think?

Maxi dresses have become a great college staple. Do you have one (or a few) in your closet? Would you wear these outfits? What other college staples would you like to see featured in Style Remix? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

Posted on on April 25, 2013 / Filed Under: Fashion Tips / Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

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13 Responses to “Style Remix: The Maxi Dress”

  1. 1
    April 25th, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    I love maxi dresses and I actually own the woven side combat boots you showed! Im in love with these outfit ideas!

  2. 2
    April 25th, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    I want that dress from the second picture taken from ELLE. Where can I find it please?

  3. 3
    April 25th, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    Thanks! I’ve been trying to figure out ways to style maxi skirts/dresses. I really want one, but I can never find one that looks good on me :(

  4. 4
    April 25th, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    Hi Rania, here’s the original source for that image: http://www.elle.com/fashion/street-chic/london-eye-590381-44#slide-44 The caption says the dress is vintage.

  5. 5
    April 26th, 2013 at 6:10 am

    Number 1. Va-Va-Voom Vintage and number 3. Some Enchanted Evening, is so me! Love these styles your showing off!

  6. 6
    April 26th, 2013 at 11:27 am

    I love maxi dresses, but I feel like they aren’t flattering on my body type…or maybe I’m just too self-consicous. I don’t know. But I love these looks!

  7. 7
    April 26th, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    I love these dresses! Oddly enough it’s still chilly in DC, so I wouldn’t be able to rock em anyway :/ Lol

  8. 8
    April 26th, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    I love all of these looks. It’s so hard to know how to wear a maxi dress. Great job!

  9. 9
    April 27th, 2013 at 12:53 am

    great article!

    you should totally write one about prom tips or dresses!!!

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