Winter Fashion: The Maxi Dress

Chic and comfortable, this staple should hang in your closet year-round

by EmmaElliott | Fri, January 13, 2017

Know your history

Oscar De La Renta is credited with showcasing the maxi dress in 1968 – using lace and accented with feminine ruffles on the body and cuffs. In the 1970s the maxi dress became mainstream and our obsession was born. Today the dress is typically worn ankle length but there are 1970s styles where the hemline is cut three quarter length and is illustrated currently by Gucci – who use retro, winter hues like orange, yellow and brown.

 

Why you need it now

Your credit card maybe “maxed” out but feeling fabulous is always a must. A versatile and timeless treasure, dust off your maxi to be worn under blazers, bomber jackets and jumpers; paired with long sleeves and boots for the cooler seasons. Stunning examples can be seen on the runways of Gucci, Temperley of London and Stella McCartney with voluminous sleeves, vibrant prints and ruffles galore. Ethereal fabrics like silk and crepe compete with more structured dresses – all perfectly acceptable with winter tights for your soirée.

 

What to look for

Go for dresses with a romantic quality and combine with an edgy jacket to give this staple its modern edge. Dare to bare some skin and select a gorgeous off-the-shoulder floaty number; interesting necklines with cut-outs will be huge this year. For a warmer option look for long sleeves and winter fabrics. Don’t be shy and opt for interesting, stand alone prints, or try layering over an old classic. 

 

How to wear it

Weekend flair: Wear with your favorite leather belt, cozy cardigan and bulky leather boots. Push your cardigan sleeves up so you can see your dress beneath.

Lunch chic: Wear under a tailored jacket, high heeled booties and carry a chic designer cross body bag.

Office: Go for a printed dress with tie detail at your neck and three quarter length billowy sleeves – this will look interesting and super stylish. A leather belt and smart jacket completes this look.

Dinner with an edge: Wear feminine fabric – like chiffon – with a thigh-high slit, combined with a bomber jacket and highheels, punctuated with a designer clutch and chunky arm cuff jewelry.

 

Get the look 

Long-sleeved black H&M dress:  ¥449, www.hm.com 

Floral print short-sleeved Bershka maxi:  ¥259, www.bershka.cn

Brown maxi dress with ribbon straps, Comme Moi:  ¥4,260, www.commemoi.com