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How to Wear a Maxi Dress in Autumn {And Winter, and Spring…}

Author: Lisa Soeno

Working for Rock My Style can do wonders for your love life. Last week whilst getting ready for a family day out I was trying on my three maxi dresses with different combinations of jackets, cardies and boots. (All in the name of RMS research, of course). At one point Rich walked in, told me I looked gorgeous and swept me off my feet.

It made me think that I may resort to a mom uniform of jeans and a Breton a bit too much and how it’s nice to make a bit more effort every now and again. The combination I finally decided on was a plain black maxi with Supergas and a biker jacket (mine’s from Mango and is several years old, but it’s similar to this one). I felt like a new person. And after the trying on session, I feel like I’ve now got approximately 27 more outfits to add to my repertoire. Here’s how you can do similar.

The Inspiration

The Frocks

As you can see from the inspiration gallery, V neck dresses work best with this look. (Although I am partial to this Bardot polka dot number and its tea dress version). I’m also loving all the long-sleeved floral maxis that are all over the high street this season.

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The Cover-Ups

My three maxis are all summery ones. One’s strapless, one’s Bardot and one’s a halter neck. So a cover-up is essential for autumn. If you want to be cosy then go for a cardi or teddy bear jacket (apparently this one is selling like hot coats), if you want an edgier look then grab your biker or a military jacket. The khaki number in the header is an eye-watering £280 but Asos sell a similar version for a third of the price.

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The Footwear

It seems that Chelsea, cowboy and biker boots lend themselves best to this trend, however classic white trainers also look ace as part of the ensemble. I bought last year’s version of these New Look Chelsea boots and they’re still the comfiest smart-ish boots I own.

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Do you wear your maxi dress throughout the year? How do you style yours? Would you wear a maxi with a biker or trainers?

{Contributors}

For all gallery sources please head to my Maxi Dress moodboard.

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Author: Lisa Soeno
Lisa is obsessed with all things interior design. And Cadbury buttons.
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18 thoughts on “How to Wear a Maxi Dress in Autumn {And Winter, and Spring…}

  1. I love maxi dresses on other people, but they are generally not my friend. At 5 foot 3, they make me look like even more of a short arse than I actually am. That said, I’m tempted by that Boo Hoo number – I love a bit of winter floral.

    I spent all of yesterday unsuccessfully looking online for a pair of tan boots to see me through the winter (additional web browsing time courtesy of maternity leave). But, I have just found my new boots! I’m heading over to New Look now to purchase the tan version of those Chelsea boots – at a maternity pay friendly price too! Thanks Lisa 😊 x

      1. Ha, no! Was just looking at all your images with biker envy again. I do like the look of the Warehouse one you’ve linked to, but I’d like one with no fur too.

        Also, I want the Temperly coat. It is lush. x

  2. Whilst I love the inspiration pictures, and the idea of a maxi in winter, I think I’d struggle . Most of the looks above feature bare legs which are definitely not possible after September when you live in Scotland (and also one of the windiest cities ever!). The New Look Chelsea boots on the other hand might have to slip into my basket x

      1. Not your fault lisa – I am totally relying on this website for all my purchases at the moment! Just been on holiday and my whole wardrobe seemed to be stuff recommended by you guys or readers!

  3. Hm, no, maxi dresses on anything but the hottest days of summer are just a bit too trendy and boho, for the youngest of model like fashionistas! I’d look super chunky and frumpy in a flowy dress and boots! Love a navy maxi and sparkly flip flops in summer though!

  4. I love this look on other people and have quite a few maxi skirts from my last pregnancy so was excited to try it out this time around but I just feel frumpy when I’m not wearing sandals with them?! No idea why but it just doesn’t work for me, more’s the pity. I do like those new look boots in tan though, may have to add them to the basket! 🙂

    1. It’s all about the length of the skirt. The maxis that I think work best with this look are uber long…could you hitch the skirts down a bit? X

      1. Yeah they’re all to the floor (not ideal in the rainy Highlands of Scotland!) but definitely long enough. Thanks for replying though 😊Maybe I’ll give it another go! Lx

  5. I’ve never worn a maxi in autumn/winter but when shopping for summer dresses I often go for ones that I could wear black tights with too. It seems a shame to store pretty dresses away for most of the year. I love a floral dress with a chunky cardigan in winter.

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