How to work your maxi dress in winter

How to work your maxi dress in winter.


If like me, you fell in love with wearing maxi dresses over the warmer months and would love to continue to wear them even in the depths of winter, all is not lost. With a couple of neat styling tips, here’s how to work your maxi dress in winter. Of course, we generally look to pile on only thick layers in the winter months, but with a little clever layering, there’s no reason why your diaphanous maxi dress which you wafted around those sun-kissed Mykonos streets in, can’t pull some double duty and be part of your daily outfit choices all year round.


The first trick is to nab yourself a chunky knit in the same colour as the dress you are looking to sport. Thus throwing in the added styling ploy of monotone dressing, it makes your outfit look like it’s all one considered garment. I’ve been all over chunky roll necks this winter – who doesn’t love tucking their hair into an upturned rollneck in a fashionista stylie? But v-necks or round necks would work equally well.

The maxi dress in these shots is by the amazing Alice Stone from Lily & Lionel – you can read more about her in an interview we did here.  The sweater is a super soft one from The White Company and the bag Anya Hindmarch.


Next up pair your knit and maxi with some must-have ankle boots. These are everywhere this season from the simple to the funky. I’m a fan of Acne Studios for neutral tones, but also can never get enough of these gorgeous Rupert Sanderson cuties which I bought years ago but have come into on-trend hero status just recently with the on-set of silver boots having a bit of a moment.


You could also add a leather or faux fur biker jacket as your final layer depending on the level of chill you need to combat. I will certainly be working this outfit on repeat this winter until the warm weather deigns to return and we can once again uncover our maxi dress faves to the full.

Maxi dress in winter… where to shop.

Summer maxi dresses which transition well into winter tend to be ones in darker hues or dark florals (having said that my Celeste one above works pretty well too). If there’s too much summer bright going on then perhaps leave that bad boy where he is until the sun comes out again, but by all means play along with anything neutral or in muted tones for the layering win.

If you’re looking to actually invest in a new maxi which will work on through to spring, opt for anything chiffon, satin or silk and keep an eye out for pastels which will be a big hit next season.

So given the formula, here are a bunch of pieces which would work well together if you are aiming to take on the layering challenge this season. Click the images to shop.

Images by awesome Jane Looker Photography.

I’ve added this post to the fab Not Dressed as Lamb #SaturdayShareLinkup by Catherine Summers – you can find loads of other great reads in one spot – pop over for a read.

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