Dallas fashion blogger Ashley Nudge wearing a Forever 21 blue boho shirt

How to Get Double the Wear Out of Maxi Dresses

An easy styling trick to maximize wearing maxis.

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Maxi dresses are one of my favorite pieces to wear. They’re comfortable, easy to put on on in a hurry, and always make an impact when you wear them. Every season, you can find maxi dresses in an endless array of colors and prints, from nautical stripes to bright florals and beyond.

The only problem is, maxi dresses are what I call a “highly memorable” item. Unlike a plain white tee or jeans, maxi dresses are hard to wear on a weekly basis – or even monthly basis – without people pointing out, “Hey, I remember that dress!”. In other words, unless your maxi dresses are mostly solid neutral in color, people will likely remember how and when you wore them. Despite saying that, by NO means should you rid your closet of maxi dresses. In today’s post, I’m sharing how to get double the wear out of maxi dresses with ONE easy trick!

To maximize how often you’ll wear your maxi dresses, the trick is to layer them underneath shirts and sweaters! For instance, in this look I layered a blue and white floral print maxi dress underneath a cropped, blue bell sleeve shirt. This styling trick transforms a maxi dress into a maxi skirt. So, you can get double the number of outfits out of it!

From my experience, this trick works best with crop tops. Try belting the bottom of the crop top to emphasize your waist. Doing so will really create the illusion of a separate skirt! It’s also best to wear a top that isn’t fitted. This way, any details on the bust area of the dress won’t press and show through the top. Hopefully that makes sense! 🙂

During the fall, I LOVE using this trick to get double the wear out of maxi dresses from the spring/summer seasons. For this look, I wore a sheer, boho-inspired top, but you could easily wear a cropped sweater, too! Try it with a floppy hat and booties for a cute look that’s sure to surprise people! Whenever you get compliments on your “skirt”, you’ll have fun telling people, “Oh thanks.. it’s actually a dress!” 😉 Dare you to wink at them and say, “TRICKED JAAAA!”

What do you think of this styling tip? Do you have any maxi dresses you are dying to try this with? Comment below!

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Forever 21 Dress (similar), Forever 21 Shirt (similar cropped tee option), Thrifted Belt (similar), Parker & Sky Ankle Booties (similar), Earrings (similar),  Love Culture Cuff (similar)

xo,


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