How To Style Your Maxi Dress

While there may be some truth to the old adage that beauty is pain, there is another truth in fashion, and that is that people buy what makes them feel good. In essence, that comes down to comfort. I don’t mean sweats and t-shirt comfort, but that feeling that you are the one wearing the clothes, and not that the clothes are wearing you.

Something may look amazing on the rack, but if you are constantly pulling your skirt down or yanking your jeans up just to wear the latest trend, you will grow tired of it. Life is short, don’t waste your time with clothes that don’t make you feel great.

A maxi dress or skirt is a classic, therefore worth investing a little extra for a great piece that will last for years, especially for those of us who like to cover up a little more skin occasionally, it is an absolute must-have.

Some people think that maxi dresses or skirts are best reserved for formal occasions, but I beg to differ.

The photos below are styled in a way that prove they can be worn for any occasion. Here are a few runway looks that I love, and that will stand the test of time.

Love the buttoned up blouse and jacket combo with this fitted Maxi skirt. 

Jcrew did it again with this beautiful layered look. 
Flowy and romantic skirt look from Chloe.
Marc Jacobs with amazing prints.
Okay so this isn’t a skirt but I love the color and the blazer styling.
Rachel Zoe is officially my style idol, I love this jacket with this dress. Unexpected.
 Here is another Rachel Zoe look that I adore.
I love how a simple belt can make this Derek Lam dress look super chic.

Here are some more easily accessible looks from Anthropologie, one of my favorite stores.


So add a blazer, layers, a big bag, or even fur to make your Maxi work for you.

All images in this post are from unless otherwise noted.

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I had planned to shoot this outfit in collaboration with @lenacoutureofficial right before my dear sister passed away. Saba, the designer, was more than understanding if I didn’t want to anymore - but after thinking on it for a while I decided I wanted to - in my sister’s honor 💗 She was always my biggest hype woman. When i would feel like I’m not good enough or that I should quit (which was often) she would tell me I was unique and great and to keep it up. When I think of my sister, beauty and love is all that she embodied in her being. She expressed that on the outside also - as she loved to wear everything glam, bright & colorful, and full of bling. Hair done, nails done, everything did - that was Nusrat. For this shoot I took the time to get glam after a long hiatus - and makeup and hair took so long because I think I forgot how to do it, but afterwards I was surprised how I felt transformed. When I wore this gorgeous outfit that I know was designed with such love and incredible attention to detail by @lenacoutureofficial, I felt all of that beauty - like a walking piece of art, and very much at peace. Thank you so much to @divmophoto for capturing the feeling so well 💕
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Classic outfit combo: oversized blazer + denim 🖤fendi mules @shoeslutz
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