August Stylish Monday | How We Style Maxi Dresses

I love me a maxi dress! They’re so easy to wear, simple to style, and are super comfy! They can be dressed up or down, and seem to be the perfect summer dress (to me anyway!) I don’t see this wardrobe staple losing favor in the fashion world anytime soon. The fashionable ladies of my Stylish Monday posse are styling some fabulous maxi dresses for you this month! I think you’ll be inspired and impressed by their choices. Take a peek at how they styled theirs! (Be sure to read to the end and join our link up party)

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Here’s how my fashionable friends styled their maxi dresses:

The Ladylike Maxi Dress

Julie – Fashion Trends and Friends, Michele Clark – on Instagram as @seechele_styles, and  Nina – Sharing a Journey, look perfectly polished and ladylike in their maxi dresses. What I love: the feminine style of these dresses are perfect for pool parties or summer luncheons. 

The Neutral Maxi Dress

Emma – Style Splash, Robin LaMonte – hello I’m 50ish, and Hilda – Over the Hilda, show off their maxis in a neutral palette. What I love: these neutral tones are easily accessorized with jewelry, hats, or jackets, completely changing the look of the dress. Don’t they look great?

The Red Maxi Dress

Nancy –  Nancy’s Fashion Style, Nicole – High Latitude Style, and Cyndi Scurry – on Instagram as @cindyscurry, are red hot in their maxis! Red is a very empowering color. Don’t be afraid to wear it. What I love: these maxis can be dressy or casual, it just depends on your mood. Wear red if you want to get a little attention!

A Few Maxi Dress Style Tips 

Maxi Dresses

Add a black and white maxi to your wardrobe, and you’ll have an instant basic, ready to accessorize and style. Throw on a colorful cardigan to accent your dress and to help balance the silhouette. A cardigan is also a great way to cover your arms, and add a little warmth if you tend to get a little chilly in the AC. Look for interesting necklines, a great tip for any top or dress! As we get older, we don’t want anything that isn’t uplifting! Upwards ladies!

Pick a dress that doesn’t overwhelm your shape. You want to wear the maxi, not have the maxi wear you. Look for dresses that are fitted on the top, but flowy on the bottom. There are many different silhouettes out there, and depending on your shape (I’m a pear shape – read more here) you’ll want to find one that suits your figure. I prefer dresses with a defined waist, and usually steer away from empire waist or no waist styles.  All of these maxis were from Stitch Fix! Stitch Fix has some great maxi dresses. I received the yellow on in my most recent fix featured here: August Stitch Fix Reveal

Try a maxi with sleeves. I adore kimono style maxi dresses, and am always on the lookout for them. These two are my favorite! If you tend to avoid sleeveless styles, this might just be the perfect dress style for you! Another bonus – no jacket required. Just throw on and go!

Denim jackets and maxi dresses go together like peanut butter and jelly! Seriously, and obviously, this is my go-to maxi dress look. I’m not a fan of sleeveless anything, but just popping on that denim jacket adds instant confidence and style to the dress (and to my attitude!) 

A few more tips:

  • Check out the length of the maxi dress. Make sure it’s not too short (above the ankles) or too long (tripping over your maxi is never a good thing!). 
  • Try on that maxi dress with a couple of different shoes to get an idea of how it will look in real life.
  • Check out the rear view. Make sure that you look as good going as you do coming! Does the dress get stuck in the back of your shoe when you walk? Is it too tight across the back or rear? Give that rear view an honest appraisal!
  • Look for knit jersey fabrics that will give and move with you, but make sure it’s substantial enough to not show bumps and dings, if you know what I mean. Patterned fabrics are great at camouflage!
  • Try knotting your maxi at the bottom hem of the dress. This is a great tip if your dress happens to be either too long, or too short. It’s a cute casual way to style your maxi!

I shopped online and found a few great maxi dresses for you! Shop them here:

Do you love maxi dresses as much as my Stylish Monday friends and I do? I clearly have a thing for them! Leave a comment here, or pop on over to my Facebook page and let me know!

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12 thoughts on “August Stylish Monday | How We Style Maxi Dresses

    1. Thanks Robin. I love maxis! They’re a versatile part of my summer wardrobe. I look forward to our collaboration each month.

  1. What a wonderful post. Love all your tips and how you described all our dresses. Thanks Andy. x

  2. You have a fabulous collection of maxi dresses! I love the yellow tropical print and the zebra print! Knotting a dress that’s too long is a great idea – dresses and skirts getting caught in the backs of my shoes really bugs me!

    Emma xxx

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