Mixing Your Maxis

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It wasn’t until recently that I fully embraced the maxi dress trend, and it only happened because I realized the true versatility of the piece. I never liked wearing maxi dresses by themselves; it just didn’t feel particularly stylish or original to wear a giant piece of fabric with my arms poking out and no semblance of a body shape underneath. Where’s the style there?? The trick is to layer up these seemingly-un-layer-able sheaths with tees and tanks and jackets and blouses and anything else you can get your hands on – followed by a mass amount of jewelry, of course.

The best part of this layering look is how you can create endless outfits with just 1 dress – you really get your money’s worth. When I’m feeling extra casual (read: lazy) I simple throw a cropped tee or slouchy tank over one of my maxis, and voila! I’ve turned my dress into a skirt – without the pesky waistband or odd proportions of a true maxi skirt. But for added chic-ness and interest, try topping your maxi off with a patterned cami or blouse. (Florals or stripes are perfect here.) Then add a menswear shirt. Or a blazer. Then a vest. Then a parka. Ok, just kidding on the last two. But bonus points for trying!

Strong accessories like gold jewelry and colorful flats complete the look, as well as flat sandals and oversize sunnies. Get inspired by the two looks I put together below, then start experimenting on your own maxi!


Bluebell Print Silk Cami, at Topshop, $80

Black Strappy Jersey Maxi Dress, at Topshop, $36

Blue Granddad Collar Shirt, at Topshop, $70

‘Carrie’ Oversize Tortoiseshell Sunglasses, at Fred Flare, $14

Moonstones Necklace, at Anthropologie, $29.95

Deseree Leather Sandal, at J.Crew, $88



Daisy Print Knot Back Tank, at Topshop, $55

Jersey Maxi Dress, at Topshop, $55

Crop Waterfall Jacket, at Topshop, $120

Classic Jenna Chain Bracelet, at J.Crew, $88

Tan Padlock Day Bag, at Miss Selfridge, £35.00

Classic Leather Ballet Flats, at J.Crew, $110


Photo Credit: Thinkthrufashion.com

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