5 WAYS TO WEAR A MAXI DRESS NOW

Maxi dresses aren't just for the beach. Here's five celeb and street styler-approved ways to wear this summer staple right now...

Dot & stripe maxi dress, £59. Dot & stripe maxi dress, £59.

 

In our opinion, maxi dresses are synonymous with summer. They conjure up visions of floating around on a sun-soaked Mediterranean island without a care in the world. They're simultaneously relaxed and chic, the epitome of throw-on-and-go. And, despite the aforementioned analaogy, they're definitely not just for the beach. We've rounded up five celeb, street style and blogger inspired ways to style your maxi dress this summer, on holiday and at home...

 

Myleene Klass and Blogger Kat Farmer style their maxi dresses with leather jackets. Myleene Klass and blogger Kat Farmer style their maxi dresses with leather jackets.

 

Throw On A Leather Biker

 

A tried and tested trick for dressing down or adding edge to a pretty summer dress? Throwing a leather biker jacket on top. Mylenne Klass and blogger Kat Farmer aka Does My Bum Look 40 have both proved this outfit formula works perfectly recently, wearing trusty black bikers over their black and white maxi dresses (they're great at tempering brighter prints too) Steal their look with our monochrome maxi and leather jacket.

 

Heidi Klum and Laura Bailey rocking wedges with their maxi dresses. Heidi Klum and Laura Bailey rocking wedges with their maxi dresses.

 

Elevate With Wedges

 

Maxi dresses and wedges are a match made in summer style heaven - just ask Heidi Klum and Laura Bailey. Perfect for balancing out the floor-grazing hemline, they work for petites and tall ladies alike - it's not like Ms Klum needs any help in the height department. Our versatile snake wedges are comfortable enough to wear 24/7, and look especially good with our khaki Bardot maxi dress.

 

Tonia Buxton rocks our belted maxi, £59, while Rosie Fortescue adds a statement belt to her dress. Tonia Buxton rocks our belted maxi, £59, while Rosie Fortescue adds a statement belt to her dress.

 

Belt It To Create Shape

 

Many women run a mile from maxi dresses for fear of being swamped in excess fabric, but there's no need for total maxi avoidance. The answer? The humble belt. Either opt for belted dresses like TV chef Tonia Buxton in our leaf print maxi or style it up with your own belt a la Rosie Fortescue. Western inspired leather belts will score extra points this season and work perfectly with our khaki Bardot and monochrome printed maxi dresses.

 

A street styler and Lydia Bright wearing sexy front split maxis. A street styler and Lydia Bright wearing sexy front split maxi dresses. 

 

Show Some Leg With A Front Split

 

Calling all petite ladies: this is the maxi dress hack for you. Not only does a front split sex up the floor-length cut, but showing a flash of leg stops you looking too swamped by the fabric if you're on the shorter side. The double splits on our black and white printed maxi sit flatteringly on the side of the leg - just add your sexiest heels or strappy sandals.

 

We love Lisa Snowdon and Kat Farmer's maxi dress and boot combos. We love Lisa Snowdon and Kat Farmer's maxi dress and boot combos.

 

Add Cool With Ankle Boots

 

If boho isn't your bag, give your maxi dresses an edgier spin with statement ankle boots. This combo is perfect for BBQ's and festivals right now, but will take you through to next season too - just throw on that leather biker jacket to complete the look. Up the statement ante with standout ankle boots like our luxe silver pair.

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