You already know that maxi dresses are perfect for warmer weather but did you know that you can rock them year round, even in colder weather? Those oh-so-comfy favorites are very transitional and can be worn in any season—it’s all about how you style and accessorize them. The key is to choose the right fabrics and accessories to layer on so you can look cool yet stay warm while also picking dresses in colors that can work for multiple seasons rather than just a few months out of the year. Keep reading to learn how to style maxi dresses year round.
1. Comfort Meets Class
Maxi dresses are both comfortable and classy. Going from season to season is easy when you think outside the box. In warmer temps, these long dresses are often paired with less accessories. Flip flops and a bangle may be all you need. Sandals and a sun hat and you’re out the door. However, the same relaxed feeling can be had when the weather gets cold. It’s as simple as using what you already have in the closet. Use some creativity to “maxi-mize” your wardrobe.
2. A Couple of General Rules
You can make your maxi dresses transitional—in other words, work for all seasons. There are two general rules for rocking your cute maxi dresses all year round:
- Choose fabrics and colors that work for any season. Avoid sheer fabrics and colors that are considered warm season only. Skip pastels and fluorescent.
- Layers are your friends. Layer a t-shirt or a fitted long sleeved shirt under the dress and you’re set for fall. Add a trench coat over it all and you’ll be warm for the winter.
3. Layer According to the Season
Take what you own and start layering. Try the cool puffer vest you just bought or the go-to denim jacket. See how they pair so well over the same dresses you wore at the beach? Wear a shirt knotted at the waist. Add a cardigan, vest or coat. A fitted shirt can be worn under the maxi. Layers can be added or removed as needed. Switch footwear and headgear accordingly: boots and a beanie for the cold, sandals and a sun hat when it’s warm.
4. Styling Maxi Dresses for Warmer Temperatures
When the temperature is warmer, go with a fewer layers. Choose clothing and accessories that keep you feel and look cool such as open toed sandals, designer style sunglasses and a beach hat for sun protection. Add a straw beach tote or a purse in the latest spring/summer style and color. Jazz up your style with colorful jewelry. Pastels and fluorescent colors are perfect during warm weather. Tie a light cardigan or shirt around your waist for when the evening comes or when you’re indoors and the a/c is cranked up.
5. Styling Maxi Dresses for Colder Temperatures
When the temperature drops, it is time to add more layers. Choose items that keep you warm and make your look sizzle. Use accessories that you normally wear when the weather is colder and drearier. Infinity scarves, mittens, bulky socks, winter boots and chunky cardigans are all the pieces that pair well and make your maxi dresses timeless. A long duster coat will work with the full length of the dress. Sassy boots, whether they’re thigh high or ankle length, will pull the maxi dresses fashion forward.
Maxi Dresses Are Multi-Seasonal. If the maxi dress is a go-to in your wardrobe, there’s no reason it needs to stay in the closet for several months out of the year. Layer up or down to give yourself multiple options no matter the season.