You would think there's nothing new to learn about maxi dresses and to wear them, but actually, there is. The maxi has become a seasonless wardrobe essential, and as such, a myriad of new ways to style them have arisen. In winter, we were wearing ours over roll-necks and jeans and pairing them with heavy jackets, but now that spring has arrived (and summer not far behind it), there's a refresher course to enrol in.
With all that wear, we urge you to not put your old longline frocks to the back of the wardrobe and proclaiming it the dress of yesteryear. We've done our research, and there are some new-season fashion formulas to ensure the maxi is also your go-to for summer 2018.
This is one of the best layered maxi-dress ideas we've seen.
From the floral to minimal, billowing cotton to sumptuous silks, there really is a style for everyone (and every body shape) this season. But it's not really about which silhouette you buy, it's about how you wear what you've selected.
Of course, it's easy to sideline the maxi to an "event only" outfit or throw it on with equally easygoing boho sandals, but believe it or not, they are probably one of the most transitional pieces in your wardrobe. Keep scrolling to click through our gallery of how to wear a maxi dress (in so many right ways) this season.
Style Notes: Lose the overly cutesy feeling by wearing ditsy florals with a clashing graphic print. Layer dresses over long-sleeve shirts or loud printed T-shirts instead.
This floral maxi is elegant without being too whimsical. It's the definition of hardworking.
Your work shirt gets a new lease on life when layered under summer dresses.
Wear these classic sneaks with a maxi, and you'll look street style star–approved.
Style Notes: Floral needn’t equal twee. The simplest solution to add an urban edge to pretty florals is with a trusty pair of Converse, like NYC resident Charlotte Groeneveld.
Perfect for weekends, holidays and every occasion in between.
Do we really need to persuade you to buy a pair of these?
Net bags are a big hit this season.
Style Notes: We love the way Tatum McPherson styled her maxi dress with dainty boots and a cool rucksack. The elegant jewellery adds to the overall look, too.
This would also look great with box-fresh white trainers.
Barely there sandals are big news this season.
When shopping gold hoops, look for styles that are chunkier and sit closer to the ear.
Our shopping editor has been lusting over this bag for months.
Style Notes: Gilda Ambrosio has a "no holds barred" approach to her maxi-dress styling. From the shocking pink colour to the intentionally top-zipped jacket, this is a forward approach to wearing a very bold dress.
Add a sporty bomber jacket over a flirty dress for contemporary cool.
Layer over a tee on chillier days.
Black boots instantly add a little punk to any dress.
Style Notes: Thought that white tiered dresses were solely for super-formal occasions? Think again. A touch of high-contrast black footwear and an on-trend belt bag catapults this to a casual status.
Sling over the body diagonally or wear as a belt bag.
Sculptural dark shoes ensure white dresses feel more weekend than wedding.
Style Notes: A maxi dress's floor-length finish can make finding a jacket to wear with it a difficult thing. Longline coats can drown you in fabric, whilst a cropped coat can just look messy. Veronika Heilbrunner's waist-synching leather jacket is the perfect companion for her long frock.
Suede is a great alternative to leather.
This is also great for weddings.
Lace them tight around one section of the ankle rather than up the leg.
Style Notes: We love this gorgeous fusion of embroidered satin and rich velvet. This is the perfect layered look for sunny city days.
This beautiful color will complement all skin tones.
Just as impactful when worn over jeans.
Brown sandals will go with everything you own. (Yes, we mean everything.)
And there you have it—all the new ways to wear your favourite old maxi dress. Cool stuff, right?
This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.