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When To Wear A Maxi Dress | A Complete Guide

What Is A Maxi Dress?

Maxi dresses are growing in popularity and we can understand why! Maxi dresses are long dresses that reach your ankles or sometimes the floor. They are typically form fitting towards the top while the bottom of the dress tends to be flowing and loose. Maxi dresses are growing in versatility as they come in many different styles, colours, patterns and necklines so it is a great dress option for any type of event you may be going to!

When Can I Wear A Maxi Dress?

Maxi dresses are becoming so versatile, and who doesn't love a dress that can be worn to multiple different events? Maxi dresses have grown in popularity for formal events but also your more casual events such as cocktails with the girls, bottomless brunches, party nights and date nights. 

If you're looking to be a trendsetter, you can't go wrong with a maxi dress.

How To Dress Up A Maxi Dress

Maxi dresses can be dressed down for your everyday daytime wear with your favourite pair of sandals and everyday bag. It is best to choose a maxi dress that has a lot of versatility and can be dressed to suit a more casual yet trendy look. If you're wanting a maxi dress for the colder seasons, we recommend pairing a maxi dress with your favourite denim jacket.

Wearing sneakers have been typically associated with sportswear only, but the rules of fashion change and we love the look of wearing sneakers with your versatile maxi dress to make your look more casual, especially if you don't like heels! What a classic look!

Now you're probably wondering how can I dress up a maxi dress for my more formal events? We have got you covered! Maxi dresses have become super popular for formal events such as weddings, school formals, glamorous functions and anything black tie.

Maxi dresses with sleeves or ones that are made from a luxe fabric are perfect for your formal events. Picking a maxi dress like this makes it super easy to dress up your look with the right jewellery, a clutch and your favourite pair of heels. For the colder seasons, to keep your look formal, we recommend wearing a coat or shawl to keep you warm but still have you looking glamorous. With your hair and makeup done, you will be sure to stand out in the crowd wearing a maxi dress.

Types Of Maxi Dresses

There are so many different maxi dresses depending on the type of event you are attending. Maxi dresses come in all sorts of fabric, ranging from linen to silk and a beautiful luxurious satin. You can also find different patterns. We find that maxi dresses with patterns are more fun and flirty whereas a simple and plain fabric, leaves you feeling more sophisticated and sexy.

Here are our favourite maxi dresses for rent at Dress for a Night:

The Zimmerman Aliane Ruffle Dress

This maxi dress is crafted from linen and cotton. The dress features a self tie bow detail at the front and ruffled trimming alongside the shoulders, leading to a racerback with cut-out details. 

This linen dress is very versatile and can be dressed up with a pair of heels, gold jewellery and a beautiful bun for a more sophisticated look, as seen in the images below. We also have the same dress but in a patterned fabric called the Zimmerman Cassia Ruffle Dress for a more fun and flirty look, that can also be dressed up with heels, a clutch and as much jewellery as you like! 



The Aje Entwined Dress

This Aje maxi dress is made from a linen silk blend and features a middle cutout. Aje is known for the chic, fun and flirty vibes they bring to their dresses which is exactly what this dress provides. This dress is perfect for formal events such as the races with accessories such as a fascinator, heels and a bag. Other formal events this dress can be worn to is weddings! We love this Aje maxi dress for daytime weddings, dressed up with heels, a clutch and dainty jewellery so you don't take the attention away from the dress!


The Sonya Moda Nour Maxi Dress

This maxi dress is one you will all know and love. It has a structured one-shoulder silhouette and features an adjustable tie at the hip/waist, with sculptural ruching and a high split for a flattering fit. This maxi dress is suited to wear day to night and exudes classic elegance mixed with sultry sophistication. This luxurious fabric makes this maxi dress a perfect piece to wear to weddings, formals or any black tie that leaves you feeling glamorous and confident! Accessorising with heels and jewellery will elevate the dress and make it perfect to wear to your formal events. 

Dress for a Night has the Nour Maxi Dress in Yarden Floral for rent as well as the Scarlett Red



The Bec + Bridge Nadia Twist Maxi Dress

Maxi dresses have become so popular that even high end designers are creating maxi dress designs. This dress fits the typical maxi dress style, it features a form fit on the bust that goes into a relaxed fit skirt. This maxi dress gives a flattering silhouette and is highly recommended for formal and black tie events when accessorised with a pair of neutral coloured heels, dainty jewellery and clutch to match the shoes. 


House Of CB Adrienne Corset Maxi Dress

Another designer taking on the maxi dress trend and turning it into their own very unique designs is House of CB! The Adrienne Corset Maxi Dress is made from House of CB's high quality weighty and luxurious duchess satin. The draped fabric across the bust and cinch at the waist creates a sexy and super flattering look. Dress for a Night loves this dress for black tie and formal events such as weddings, formals, balls and even glamorous dinner dates! Because this dress is such a simple yet unique piece, you can accessorise in a million different ways! Want to add a pop of colour? Wear a pair of pink heels! Want to keep it sexy and sophisticated? Accessorise with neutral colours! There are so many ways you can make your look unique in comparison to others. 


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