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Maxi dresses are a summer staple for the weekend and vacation. Here you find various ideas how to wear a maxi dress in a modern way.


  1. A Maxi Dress Is Not Like the Long Dresses of the Early 20th Century
  2. At What Occasions Can You Wear a Maxi Dress?
  3. How to Style Breezy Maxi Dresses
  4. Who Can Wear a Maxi Dress?
  5. August Stylish Monday Linkup Party


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A Maxi Dress Is not Like The Long Dresses of the Early 20th Century

In the 60s, Oscar de la Renta designed the maxi dress as we know it today. It is an informal dress fitted around the chest with a flowy floor- or ankle length skirt leading to a breezy silhouette. It comes in various prints, colors and textures and is typically made of light cotton or polyester. Necklines range from holder neck, over V-neck, scoop or crew neck and even crawl neck. They may or may not have sleeves. The maxi dress is quite different from the long dresses of the late Victorian or Edwardian Eras Motor Fashion.


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On the contrary, the long dresses of the pioneer time had full skirts and were worn often with several underskirts. Their necklines were high and they always had sleeves.


On What Occasions Can You Wear a Maxi Dress?

A maxi dress is very versatile. Depending on how you style it, it works for beach outfits and beach weddings, summer vacation and garden parties, date or girls’ night, dancing and even on Casual Friday for the office in casual work environments.

Here I am showing one of my dance dresses. I wear this red beauty for our smooth dance performances this year. The title of the song is Lady in Red.

Note that dance dresses are often custom-made. Sometimes I make them myself. See this post with a tutorial to make a maxi dress.


style blogger in dance costume demonstrating the width of the skirt
View on the leopard print of the maxi dress


style blogger waving with her flowy dress skirt
Showing off the width of the skirt


over 50 years old fashion blogger in red leopard print floor length dance attire
Outfit details: Red leopard print custom-made dance dress, Chantal Mary Janes, custom jewelry hair pin and custom jewelry crystal necklace c/o Happiness Boutique


fashion book author in shoulderfree maxi dance outfit with pumps
Dance costume, and pumps to show the deep back cleavage and wide twirling skirt


How to Style Breezy Maxi Dresses

Of course, the footwear and accessories depend on where you go, what you will do and finally on the vibe of the maxi dress. As a rule of thumb, wear your breezy maxi dress with sandals except when you wear it for a dance performance. Pairing your piece with simple sandals in a neutral color is playing it safe. Strappy heels are best for petites, while tall women can wear this floor-length beauty with flat sandals. Try wedge espadrilles or gladiators. For a very relaxed resort style look or vacation vibe fancy flip flops can make a statement.

A Bohemian style maxi looks great with ethnic jewelry, suede fringe clutch and strappy rough leather sandals. A glam style asks for a patent leather or metallic clutch and metallic or patent leather strappy high heels when you go to a club or indoor cocktail party. Avoid heels for a beach wedding, garden party or back yard BBQ.

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Who Can Wear a Maxi Dress?

Every woman, but she has to pay attention to her body type with respect to the cut to get the proportions right. A maxi dress can easily overwhelm the frame of a petite woman like me. Thus, when you are petite and absolutely want to don this style, go for a sleek version and wear it with heels or wedges. It may be that you have to shorten it to avoid trip hazards. You can find a tutorial how to shorten a high-low hem dress at this link.


Nicole Mölders in twirling maxidress



August Stylish Monday Linkup Party

Now let’s take a peek at how the other hostesses  style their maxi dresses. Visit these ladies’ blogs to see their looks in more details as well as to read what they have to say about this summer favorite.

Nancy Baten of Nancy's Fashion Style in maxi dress Nancy Baten of Nancy’s Fashion Style

Hilda in brown holder neck with Boho bag Hilda of Over The Hilda

mature blogger in tired red floral dressCindy Scurry of Middle Sister Style Blog

Emma of The Style Splash in zebra shoulder strap dress Emma of The Style Splash

Nina Bandoni in plaid dress with hat Nina Bandoni of Sharing a Journey

Robin LaMonte in maxi dress Robin LaMonte of Hello Im 50ish

pool dress with coverupMichele of @seechele_styles

Floral print maxi dress with sleevesJulie Augustyn of Fashion, Trends and Friends

Robin Lamonte in empire style floor length casual summer attireAndrea Schwartz Pearls and Pantsuits


Join our party with your IG and blog outfit posts, no matter whether or not you are wearing a maxi dress.


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Photos of me: G. Kramm

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This Post Has 8 Comments

  1. Michelle Churchman

    I am a big fan of maxi dresses! They are stylish, but oh so comfortable to wear. Lovely post!

  2. Grace Liang

    There is nothing i love more than a good maxi dress! Great post as always!

  3. aquamarinastyle

    Judging from that dress and your moves, you must be a very accomplished dancer, Nicole! How fun! You and all the ladies look lovely in your maxi dresses.

    xx Darlene

  4. mireilleftm

    What a wonderful dancing dress! I do love my maxi dresses!

  5. overthehilda

    I always love your posts and that maxi dress you are showcasing is amazing….perfect for twirling and swirling. x

  6. createwithjoy

    Happy Monday to you! Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed today’s feature. The model is beautiful – I love maxi dresses – and all of the models in their beautiful outfits caught my eye in my inbox this morning! xoox 🙂

  7. mummabstylish

    This is a super dress, and looks like you dance in it. Liking the style and colour so much. Great to see all these ladies in their maxi dresses. Thanks for sharing today – Have a happy week. Jacqui Mummabstylish