We're heading into peak dress season, and while we couldn't be more excited to rock leg-baring minis and breezy broderie anglaise midis, it's the slightly-longer maxi dress that's been demanding our attention. The ankle-sweeping silhouette has emerged as a key player in this year's defining summer looks. While not a new thing, variations of the maxi dress have been slotted into so many SS23 collections that it's impossible to ignore.
And why should we? This style of dress is comfortable and versatile, not to mention the obvious benefit if you've skipped leg-shaving day. Lazy dressers unite—there's no quicker way to look put-together than slipping on a maxi dress.
That being said, not all outfits involving this trend are created equal, and it's worth considering which shoes, accessories and layering pieces will keep the long silhouette from drowning you. Below, we've rounded up some of the best examples we've spotted on Instagram, complete with the items you'll need to recreate them. To find out exactly how to style a maxi dress, keep scrolling.
1. Bright Dress + Birkenstocks
Style Notes: A dress this colourful speaks for itself, so the best route is to keep the accessorising minimal. Just a simple pair of Birks and some tortoiseshell sunnies will do the trick.
2. White Cotton Dress + Vest + Cowboy Boots
Style Notes: I love the Western feel of this look, from the tiered cotton dress to the black cowboy boots. The long waistcoat is an unexpected addition, but one that I'm just a little bit obsessed with. Bravo, Stephanie.
3. Relaxed Shirt + Slip Dress + Trainers
Style Notes: A slip dress is one of the easiest pieces to take from day to night. For the daytime look, layer a relaxed cotton or linen shirt over your maxi and step into your comfiest kicks. Come evening, switch them out for strappy black heels.
4. Knitted Dress + Sliders
Style Notes: Thin knitted dresses are ideal for summer in the UK, and can be carried into the autumn months. Style yours on its own with slide-on sandals, or chuck a lightweight jacket on top if the temperature drops.
5. Off-Shoulder Dress + Running Shoes
Style Notes: I find that off-the-shoulder necklines counteract the longer length of maxi dresses—by showing some skin, you'll avoid feeling swamped by all the fabric. Again, running shoes are your best bet if you're aiming for a laid-back look.
6. Silk Dress + Blazer + Elevated Flip-Flops
Style Notes: Re-wear your silky wedding guest dress on a Saturday night by adding a menswear-inspired blazer and a pair of flat sandals. Leather flip-flops will look really cool peaking out from under the hem.