How To Wear Maxi Dresses To Work

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While we’re all big fans of maxi dresses (our EIC happens to live in hers), we know it can be tricky to wear during office hours. The lengthy silhouette tends to translate as fancy, which often deters us from donning it in the daytime. However, this warm-weather staple is actually one of the easiest items to style in the morning as you’re basically fully dressed in one step. The key is to select options that’ll work well as a canvas for various accessories to add polished, professional elements to the look. To illustrate, we’ve put together three distinct ensembles to lend some tips on making it work for the office.

Adam Katz Sinding

Maximum Style

Knit

Elevate a sleek knit option with a longline blazer. Accessorize with a statement bangle, structured tote and lace-up suede flats for a modern spin.

Ruched Sleeves Blazer

$120

Mango

Lace-Up Suede Point-Toe Flats

$395

Stuart Weitzman

Nadia Hinge Bracelet

$125

Rachel Zoe

Pointelle Maxi Dress

$82

Oasis

Emma Work Bag

$398

JEMMA

Printed

Inject some shape to a flowy maxi by using a leather belt to cinch the waist. Temper bright hues with neutral-colored sandals and a black satchel.

Embellished Leather Belt

$485

Maison Margiela

Louisa Block Heel Leather Sandals

$138

Ann Taylor

Striped Dress

$70

Zara

Trillion Satchel

$328

Foley + Corinna

Simple

Going for basic black? Don't forget to add a pop of color with vibrant heels. Keep the overall vibe professional with an elegant cross-body and gold earrings.

Small Leather Fold-Over Bag

$145

Ball Twirl Gold-Plated Earrings

$120

Maria Black

Luxury Slim Platform Sandals

$90

Topshop

Abigail Maxi Jersey Wrap Dress

$498

Diane von Furstenberg