6 Simple Maxi-Dress Outfits Fashion People Wear on Repeat in Summer

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

How to style a maxi dress: @taffymsipa



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.


This would also be a great wedding guest dress.

In case you haven't noticed, the fashion world has fallen in love with Birkenstocks all over again.

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.


You can't go through summer without adding a white cotton dress (or several) to your wardrobe.

These beauties are on sale, so snap them up before they're gone!

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.


This is infinitely versatile; wear it with sandals and a basket bag now, boots and a slouchy jumper in the colder months.

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.


I know a bestseller when I see one.

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.


Just pull the sleeves down to wear it off-shoulder.

This colour palette is so '70s, in the best way possible.

6. Silk Dress + Blazer + Elevated Flip-Flops

How to style a maxi dress: @cassklatzkow



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.


If we could only recommend one blazer, it would be this one.

This looks so much more expensive than it is.

Getting strong The Row vibes from this high-street sandal.