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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 elegant. Let's dive into which maxi dresses are suitable for your casual and formal events.


Casual Maxi Dresses

Zimmermann Aliane Ruffle Dress

The Zimmermann Aliane Ruffle 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. In the warm orange colour, this dress is perfect for a summer event. We love this linen fabric as it adds a sense of luxury without making it formal. This maxi dress makes the perfect outfit for a more casual event in the warmer seasons.

Sir The Label Ambroise Knot Dress

The Sir The Label Ambroise Knot Dress is a sleeveless midi dress featuring a cut out at the waist and a knotted tie at the waist and shoulder. In a gorgeous floral print, this gorgeous maxi dress is the perfect example of floral fantasy. This stunning daytime event dress is the perfect style that can be dressed down for casual events or styled to suit more formal events. A staple piece for the warmer seasons.

By Nicola Gabriella One Shoulder Dress

The By Nicola Gabriella One Shoulder Dress is a beautiful linen dress. This one shoulder style featuring a flowy skirt is perfect for summer paired with a cute pair of sandals for more casual events. This gorgeous dress is perfect for daytime events during the summer time, such as cocktails with the girls, brunches or picnics.

This style is available in colours pink grapefruit and sunkissed orange.

Aje Serendipity Reflection Dress

The Aje Serendipity Reflection Dress is a gorgeous maxi dress with a corset inspired waist, made from a glossy linen material. Made mostly from linen, it is extremely comfortable and in colours blush, champagne and navy. This style is perfect for those who want more coverage in a maxi dress. This elegant dress can be dressed down with sandals for a more semi-formal look or dressed up to be suitable for a black tie dress code.

Formal Maxi Dresses

House Of CB Adrienne Corset Maxi Dress

The House of CB Adrienne Corset Maxi Dress is cut from a thick satin that drapes across the body. The built in corset allows for a flattering hourglass silhouette. This formal maxi dress is all about luxury which is why we think it makes the perfect dress for any event as it nails the formal dress code. This dress has the perfect amount of coverage making it classy, elegant, and suitable for all ages.


This style is available in black, red and sage green.

Sonya Moda Nour Dress

The Sonya Moda Nour Dress is a stunning one shoulder design made from a luxurious satin. This gorgeous maxi dress features an asymmetrical neckline, adjustable tie at the waist, an exposed cutout at the waist that tapers for a figure-flattering fit, and a high split providing a sensual look. 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.


This style is available in colours ocean pearl, yarden floral, scarlet red and fiori di sambuco.


House Of CB Anabella Lace Up Maxi Dress

The House Of CB Anabella Lace Up Maxi Dress is a gorgeous formal maxi dress crafted from a luxuriously soft satin fabric. This formal maxi dress features a built-in underwire bra, delicate rouleau straples, a curved hem below the waistline and corset inspired lace-up back for the ultimate flattering look. A timeless and elegant style that is extremely comfortable, and makes the perfect outfit for a black tie or formal event.

Bec + Bridge Amber Maxi Dress

The Bec + Bridge Amber Maxi Dress is a stunning maxi dress made from a luxe silk. This dress is a sleek, statement and timeless design that features a ruched bust detailing, thin straps and a plunging open back. This elegant wedding guest dress is perfect for the spring/summer season as the candy pink colour stands out. A simple understated style that is perfect for a more formal event.


Finding Your Fit

You can hire all of these gorgeous maxi dresses at Dress for a Night. Experiment with your style and step out of your comfort zone with a maxi dress for your upcoming events. The versatility of a maxi dress makes it easy to accessorise and perfectly match the dress code of any event. With our convenient hiring system, you can reduce your environmental footprint and never have to outfit repeat again! So whether you are going to a brunch during the summer, or have been invited to a ball, you can never go wrong with wearing a maxi dress and by hiring, you will always be looking and feeling like a million dollars.


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