5 Ways to Wear a Maxi Dress: Casual, Formal, Grungy, Boho & More

Today’s style guide is all about maxi dresses. I’ll be showing you 5 ways to wear a maxi dress for all occasions! I’m a huge fan of maxi dresses, and it’s my favorite item to wear.

Surprisingly, maxi dresses are versatile, and If you’re wondering what to wear over a maxi dress or what shoes to wear with a maxi dress, I have you covered. You’re going to fall in love with these stylish looks. Let’s begin!

Black maxi dress outfit

1. Black maxi dress outfit

So, let’s start from the basics. Here, I’m wearing this gorgeous floor-length maxi dress in this stunning metallic fabric. I’ve styled this outfit simply and let the maxi dress do all the talking. I have a classic pair of high heels in black to match the dress.

How to accessorize a t-shirt style maxi dress

This is the perfect maxi dress for a formal event or a night out. I've styled it with a simplistic touch, adding sleek gold bracelets to round off the look. 

I accessorized this dress with a chunky black handbag that complements the maxi dress, but doesn’t overpower it. 

Casual black maxi dress outfit

2. Casual black maxi dress outfit

For the next look, I added a white shirt over the maxi dress and tied it at the bottom. Can you see that just adding a shirt completely transforms the style? This style will go with pretty much any maxi dress.

Maxi dress with jacket outfit

3. Maxi dress with jacket outfit

So, this is kind of a festival feel, and I want to show you how you can dress down a maxi dress even more. Here, I’m wearing a navy green crop utility jacket. 

Shoes to wear with a maxi dress

I know this may not be for everyone, but I love pairing a maxi dress with a pair of sneakers. This is perfect for a festival look or a place that requires you to stand up and walk a lot. I also paired this maxi dress outfit with a funky, edgy black handbag with gold studs. 

What to wear over a maxi dress

If you want to get more use out of your maxi dress, you can style it differently by tying the corner with a scrunchie, and it completely changes the hemline and gives it an edgier feel. 

5 ways to wear a maxi dress

I took the tie belt off the dress and used it as a headband, giving the illusion that you are amazing at matching and dressing cohesively! 

Maxi dress with a blazer

4. Maxi dress with a blazer

One of the easiest ways to mix up your styling with a maxi dress has got to be with a classic black blazer. I love this look, particularly when I need to dress up a bit more - it gives an instant uniform feel.

I have also added my skinny black belt on top of the blazer to really accentuate my waistline and give me shape. 

Boho-style maxi dress outfit

5. Maxi dress outfit with a kimono

Another way is to wear a pretty flowery kimono over the top. It’s so relaxed and laid back and definitely trendy with a bohemian touch.

Different ways to wear a maxi dress

I accessorized with a couple of tassel necklaces and a few bangles to go with the whole bohemian, laid-back vibe. 

Maxi dress with leather jacket outfit

Keeping with the boho vibe, you could go a little rock-chick by switching out the kimono for a leather jacket.

Maxi dress outfit with a denim jacket

Bonus look: Change up the belt

I wanted to show you a simple way of changing the whole dimension of your maxi dress. Just by changing the belt, you can give the dress a whole different look.

Here, I opted for a leather belt in a rich burgundy color. Then, I paired it with a classic denim jacket and some stunning statement sunglasses. 

How to style a maxi dress in different ways

5 ways to wear a maxi dress tutorial

There you have it: 5 ways to wear a maxi dress in a variety of styles. It’s really all about taking your maxi dress and seeing what would look great with other clothing items you have on hand.

From jackets to accessories, you have the power to make it look different every time.

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