How to Maximize Your Maxi Dress

It’s spring which means it’s officially the season of the maxi dress! As the weather gets warmer, maxi dresses are such a refreshing wardrobe change. They’re easy and stylish, and of course modest. They’re perfect on those hot days when you don’t want to layer up too much and want something you can throw on easily, while still looking chic.

Maxi dresses have been in style for a few years now and you might think that you need to refresh your maxi dress stock every spring and summer, but that’s not the case! If you’ve got only a few maxi dresses, there’s more than a few things you can do to change up the look and switch them up. By simply adding or removing a shirt, and some accessories, you can easily take your maxi dress from the boardroom to the beach! So here are some tips on how to maximize your maxi dress.



Wearing a cardigan on top of your maxi dress is a great way to quickly add sleeves on top of a sleeveless or short-sleeve maxi dress. It can also dress up your dress (depending on the print and fabric of the dress) so that it looks more formal. You can button the cardigan up for a more dressed up look or leave it unbuttoned for something more relaxed.



Add a button down shirt on top of your maxi dress and tie it in the front for a more laid-back, bohemian look! If your maxi dress has sleeves, you can pair a sleeveless tie-front shirt or you can easily make any button down shirt into a tie-front shirt. Simply leave the last few buttons on the bottom unbuttoned and gather the two sides together and knot them. Then tuck in the fabric from the back and sides inside the shirt and you have a tie-front shirt. Tie-front shirts were quite popular in the 90s and have recently made a comeback. So if you’re feeling retro, pair one with a solid or printed maxi and have fun!



Sometimes it can be tough deciding between buying a maxi skirt or a maxi dress. But go with the maxi dress because there’s so many more ways you can wear it! And by simply adding a shirt on top, you an easily make it look like a shirt and skirt outfit. Feel free to add a wide belt at the bottom of the shirt to make it look more like two separate pieces. Go for a shorter top, because you obviously won’t be able to tuck it in if the shirt is longer.



Sometimes you’ll come upon the most gorgeous maxi dress, but there’s only one problem: it’s got a slit on the side. Depending on how long the slit is or how wide, you might be able to sew it, but sometimes that isn’t the easiest solution. But there’s no reason why you should give up that beautiful maxi dress!

If you’ve got a maxi skirt in a similar shade or colour as the dress, add the skirt under the dress. Then when your dress moves and the slit parts, your skirt will be revealed underneath. It’s a way to add some dimension to your outfit and do something out of the ordinary. If your maxi dress is more straight-cut, add an A-line maxi skirt for some drama under the dress.

If you’re comfortable with tights, they’re another option to wear under a maxi dress with a slit, depending on how how or wide the slit is. If you’re feeling daring, why not try adding leather leggings under a romantic, frilly dress for something completely unusual?



Summer is the time you least feeling like layering, but for those chillier evenings and mornings, why not try adding a vest to your maxi dress? Depending on whether your maxi dress is sleeveless or full-sleeves, you might need to pair it with a long-sleeved t-shirt under in order to wear a sleeveless vest. You can go with a denim or a crochet or even lace vest for a summery, boho vibe. Or pick a leather vest for something edgier, especially when paired with a flowy, romantic maxi dress.



A belt is a great way to add some shape to your maxi dress. If your dress is A-line, simply adding a belt will change the shape of the dress. You can do that for a more formal look or just to change the shape of the dress.


Maxi dresses are an essential during the summer, especially for girls who like to dress modestly. By simply adding or removing a shirt or a vest, and some accessories, you can change your entire look in order to maximize your maxi dress. There are so many different ways you can wear this essential piece, so don’t be afraid to play around with it and have fun!

With love.