How to Wear Maxi Dresses to Work

This summer season, we’re all big fans of maxi dresses to keep our style breezy and feminine. However, be mindful wearing these staples especially to work as you may end up looking like heading to the beach instead of going to your business meeting. The key is to select options that’ll work well as a summer-inspired outfit while keeping your professional elements to your outfit. Looking for styling tricks on how to wear your maxi dresses to your creative or casual workplace? Keep on reading to scoop some of our tricks.

Opt for maxi dresses with decent necklines, muted color, and simple prints.

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Regardless of what work environment you’re having, keeping your maxi dresses decent is really important. So be mindful when picking your fabrics as it shouldn’t be too sheer or too tight. Save your backless, plunging neckline, and see-through maxi dresses to your summer getaway or to the beach, and don’t compromise your professionalism at work just to stay on-trend. Going for neutral shades on your maxi is preferable, though you may go for pastel, printed, and classic colored ones as long as they won’t end up looking flashy in the office. This means glittery sequins and neon shades are out of the equation.

Wear some under layers to add some professional vibe to your breezy outfit.

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If you have an eye for a plunging neck or a strapless maxi dress, think of wearing some under layers with them like a camisole or blouse to keep it decent and work-appropriate. Like fashion blogger Mary Orton, think of wearing a button-down shirt with your chiffon maxi dress to make it office-appropriate while keeping your looks feminine and breezy. This way, you’ll be able to wear the summer trend without compromising your professional image at work.

Spice up your maxi dress with complementing accessories.

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Depending on your workplace, you may go for brightly-colored accessories to add some colors to your summer style. But if you think that’s too much, stick to neutral shades of black, camel, gray, white, or beige on your bags and shoes. Brown belts and shoes can make your black and white maxi dresses a bit grounded yet simple. So save your gold belts and metallic footwear on your summer night outs.

Top your maxi dress with an office-appropriate blazer.

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If you have tube dresses and backless ones, you may think of topping your outfit with an office-appropriate blazer. For creative offices, neutral colored cardigans, tuxedo blazer, work blazer, and bolero are ideal while casual offices may allow denim jackets and leather vest. If you’re working in a slightly conservative office, be inspired by Kristina Bazan’s style of wearing a plain white maxi dress with a chic tweed blazer that looks chic and fashion-forward.

Indeed, summer is the perfect time to show your creativity through your color choices, dress styles, and lightweight layers that will keep your office style decent yet fashion-forward.

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