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How to Wear a Maxi Dress in Winter

by krismkoch

One of my favorite parts about summer is that you can just throw on a breezy maxi dress and look instantly put-together. Meanwhile, in winter, there’s really no such thing as a throw on and go outfit. Even if you’re going with my favorite go-to winter piece, the sweater dress, there’s tights to contend with, and then you’re still freezing because even the wool ones are never that warm. That’s why I love wearing a maxi dress in winter (and fall too for the record).

There are lots of advantages to wearing a maxi dress in winter. Maxi dresses are long and breezy, so you can layer thermal leggings, long underwear, or heavy tights underneath to keep your legs extra warm without killing the look. If I’m repurposing a summery maxi dress,  I’ll throw a fitted long-sleeve top or turtleneck under and a cardigan or blazer for a cool layered look. The great thing about maxi dresses is they offer more coverage than other dresses, and they’re unexpected for winter, which I love.

Plus, wearing a maxi dress in winter is the perfect way to stretch your wardrobe further. You don’t need to buy a new set of maxi dresses for cold weather.  Just follow these tips for styling your fave maxi dress for winter.

    • Wear tights or leggings underneath.
    • Add boots. Or try sneakers for a comfier option. Heels work for dressier occasions.
    • Layer a thin turtleneck or long sleeve shirt underneath.
    • For added warmth, try a cropped jacket, blazer, chunky cardigan, or vest on top. 
    • Or wear a chunky sweater over to turn your maxi dress into a skirt. 

Check out more ideas for how to wear a maxi dress in winter.

Layer a turtleneck underneath.

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Toss on a furry coat for the easiest way to wear a maxi dress in winter.

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Top a maxi dress with a blazer + a huge scarf. 

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Layer a turtleneck underneath + cropped jacket on top.

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Throw a chunky sweater over a maxi dress.

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Top it with a moto jacket and a scarf to add edge. 

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Wear pants instead of tights underneath for a fashion-forward look that’ll keep you warmer.

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Add a blazer + a trench coat + a fur vest + scarf. 

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Wear a maxi dress in winter without hiding it under a coat by adding a jacket, puffy vest and scarf.

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Shop My Favorite Maxi Dresses for winter:

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Tony January 20, 2017 - 1:18 am

Hi, like you I ❤my maxi dresses and love wearing them throughout the year. At this time of year, I quite often team my maxi dresses with long cardigans, coatigans, scarves, thick tights, or boots. Thank you for some excellent further suggestions for wearing maxi dresses during the colder weather, some of which I will certainly be trying out!!

krismkoch March 6, 2017 - 4:15 pm

Seriously, is there anything better than a maxi dress?

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Antionette Blake November 14, 2017 - 1:17 am

Yes, throwing a chunky sweater over the top and wearing boots is a great way to transition a maxi dress from summer to fall.

sarah February 6, 2018 - 6:29 pm

This is so great! I never would have thought I would be able to style a maxi dress to wear all year round. I bought a maxi from https://www.limelush.com/maxi/ and I’m so excited to try and style it different ways like this.

Amanda May 10, 2018 - 10:55 am

Adorable styles! I love to wear maxi dresses. This is perfect look for day night and weekend outing. Thanks for sharing.

krismkoch October 18, 2018 - 8:31 pm

Thanks so much for reading!! And seriously, is there anything better than a maxi dress?

Erna Erbsennase February 3, 2019 - 11:07 am

Your winters seem to be incredibly warm, judging by the pictures (or you are never out for more than just some minutes). I would definitely need to close my coat/jacket where I am living, otherwise the mean old wind would completely destroy me.



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