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How To Wear A Maxi Dress – Sweet Style

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Maxi dresses are a girl’s best friend. Honestly, I think boy’s wish they could be their best friend too (though most are not daring enough). Maxi dresses give you the breezy feeling of a dress, without the worry of “Is my butt hanging out?” or “Do I really need to shave my legs – I’ve got a really impressive amount of length going on down here…” They also are the number one choice to looking super put-together when you go to a buffet and  you don’t have to be uncomfortable after having three servings of mashed potatoes.

However, the best thing is that they are relatively the easiest outfit because they are your top and your bottom. The only final question is – how do I make the maxi dress work for me and my style? No worries, I got you covered! (See what I did there…I got you covered…because like…a maxi dress really covers you up…heh…ok…)

Here is part one of the How To Wear A Maxi Dress series, which is what I like to call the “sweet style”. She kind of is your normal summer, girl-next-door type which happens to be most common way people wear their maxi. It’s a super simple style that is extremely versatile. You probably have most of the components already in your closet. Also, it’s super cute – so that doesn’t hurt either!

Make sure to check out the whole seires on how to style a maxi dress! “How To Style A Maxi Dress: Festival/Boho Style” & “How To Style A Maxi Dress: Tomboy Style


Maxi Dress in a “Sweet Style”

Dress your maxi up with a bright cardigan or a light washed jean jacket – or both if you get cold easily. It’s very important to wear a belt with this style because the jacket or cardigan will hide your shape.

It’s important to think proportions. You want to call attention to the smallest part of your body so be sure to belt it up! By doing this, your legs are gonna look long and beautiful no matter how tall you are. Also the belt will add interest to your outfit, so either play with color or texture (snakeskin, studs, etc.). Be careful to not have too many colors going on because you don’t want to look like a crayon box exploded. In the example above, she takes colors already used in the dress to create a continuous story, but don be afraid to try a pop of unexpected color.

Depending on how much is going on in your outfit will determine your jewelry. If you don’t have a lot of color, wear a bold statement necklace. Whereas if you do have a lot of color, like in the example above, stay away from statement pieces. Instead opt for a simple gold bracelet or tiny stud earrings.

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Jacket: Gap, $55.99 (originally $69.95); Dress: Forever 21, $27.90; Necklace: H&M, $5.99; and Belt: Target, $5.24 (originally $14.99)

-cover image via upbeatsoles.com & example image via puttingmetogether.com-

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    • Alexa Alford July 1 at 10:07 am

      Yay! So happy to hear it 🙂

  • Falasha June 25 at 2:39 am

    Great tips, sometimes I have trouble finding the perfect length for Maxi dresses because I am so tall so I go up a a size…
    xx Falasha
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    • Alexa Alford July 1 at 10:08 am

      Falasha I am the total opposite! I am so short I’m like “Help me! I’m drowning!!!” I will keep this in mind for my future posts, so thank you!