How to make the most of your maxi dresses

by Drishti Mistry

Come summer, maxi dresses find their way into the front rows of our warm weather wardrobes for reasons more than one – they’re free flowing, breathable, brunch and travel-appropriate and most importantly, can be styled in a million different ways. Now, it may be slightly inconvenient to list down all the million ways of wearing this wardrobe must-have but we can surely reveal our ten most favourite ways to wear the maxi. If you want to make the most of your maxi dress, scroll down to learn how…

1. Belt it at the waist to define it

The trick works well with belts both bold and basic as long as your maxi is an A-line one. This is also a great way to add form to an otherwise free-flowing silhouette.

2. Not big on belts? Try a fanny pack instead

If you haven’t acquainted yourself to the fanny pack phenomenon just yet, it’s high time you did so. When paired with a maxi dress, the cool quotient of this clothing climbs up multifold.

3. Pair with a light layer

Count on anything from a cool cardigan to a formal blazer to dial up the drama on this dress – even a dressed-up denim jacket worn deftly over the shoulders should work wonders.

4. Turn it into kurta

Talk about multitasking – bring this breezy basic into the traditional territory with a pair of leggings or tailored trousers. This hack works best when the maxi is a button-down one.

5. With a tee atop, it also works as a breezy bottom

Looking for a whole new sartorial solution to your strappy maxis? Enter the trusty tee! Throw it over your ankle-grazing dresses to create a chic skirt and top combo.

6. Double it up as a skirt

When there’s some stretch, pull your maxi lower and convert it into a skirt that looks just as great with a billowing blouse as it does with a lace-laden camisole.

7. Play with the proportions

The maxi length of the dress making it too monotonous? Fold it up and make it a midi dress. Add a pair of slinky summer sandals into the equation and you’re brunch-ready!

8. A sleeveless or tube maxi can be worn with a crisp shirt under

Make your shoulder-bearing maxis work-appropriate by wearing them over a cool-collared crisp shirt. Delete the shirt and you’re all set to take the dress into the after-hours.

9. Flip the footwear

If you like your maxi dress as is, you can experiment with the footwear to chime the change – swap sandals for sneakers to add some street cred.

10. Combine it with a camisole when long-sleeved

Take the boring out of basic from your covered-up maxi dresses by layering up a light-weight camisole. Complete the look with a pair of brogues to bring the business-casual balance.

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