How to Wear a Maxi Dress and Look Modern

Elinor Block

There are no hard-and-fast rules on how to wear a maxi dress right now, but the outfit ideas are more experimental and varied than they ever used to be. So if you still think of those tiered boho numbers from 2004 and wince, rest assured that new, more modern combinations are now at play. Over the past few weeks, we've noticed many different ways to style floor-sweeping dresses, but all of them had one thing in common: A little adventurous layering goes a long way. While there may still be two distinct tribes of maxi-dress wearers (the bohemians and the urbanites), hundreds of nuances can be added to make this piece your own.

Charlotte Groeneveld in a maxi dress by Thomas Maier

Of course, the maxi dress isn't only for street style stars. It's often a go-to frock for many a wedding guest, whether floral and decadent or ultra-minimal and plain. There are bigger silhouettes on offer for those who want something more dramatic. Or you can simply opt for a slinky slip in a longer hemline and channel the '90s in a flash.

To help you style whichever iteration you choose, not only have we picked 11 new-in maxi dresses you can shop now, but we've also analysed some of the chicest street looks so you can confidently start upstyling it ASAP. Keep scrolling to click through our gallery of how to wear a maxi dress the right way.

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