10.12.13

How to Wear a Maxi in the Winter

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Forever21 jacket, booties ℅ Massimo Dutti, Club Monaco men's sweater,
vintage bag & scarf, dress ℅ Old Navy, ring ℅ Social Experiment

What is it exactly about maxis that makes them more challenging to style in the winter than shorter dresses? If anything, you'd think the additional fabric would make for easier styling, yet somehow every winter my maxis end up at the back of my closet or packed away for summer storage, whereas any dress that hits above the knee still manages to get worn in heavy rotation.

While rifling through my closet the other day though, I stumbled across this Old Navy number (last worn in the summer here) and decided to give myself the challenge of working it into a winter-apropos look that's properly warm. Given that I ended up wearing it from 11AM until 6PM or so without feeling too chilly (I did have to whip out my gloves eventually, though), I'd say my tricksty layering tricks worked!

Do you have a maxi tucked away in your closet still? 
Here are my top tricks for bringing this usually summery piece
 into a winter look without sacrificing warmth:

{ 1 }

Double up on tights! 
I'm wearing 2 thick knit ones under the dress.

{ 2 } 

All about thin top layers, my friends. 
Get a thin tank top, layer a thin T over top, throw on a thin thermal, 
throw on another thin thermal, put a thin cashmere sweater over top, 
take an oversized sweater that hits below the butt (which will also
conceal all the other thin layers underneath) and finally, 
top it all off with a jacket + scarf. Cozy without the bulk.

{ 3 }

Don't even think about flats or heels! You'll freeze your feet off.
Opt for a pair of comfortable booties. I love Old Navy's fuzzy socks.
Throw one or two over top of your layered tights and you're good to go!

{ 4 }

Play with length and proportion.
Because you've got a more dramatic length to work with, you
can make more of an impact with how you contrast different lengths and
proportions. Go for a slouchy look with a men's sweater that hits below
the hips or do a high-impact look in a shrunken jacket (or do both like I did). 
The only rule of thumb I'd give is that while it's a look that can look really good on a
handful of people, most of us can't pull off the Elaine Benes (i.e. big huge
long jacket + floor-sweeping dress). 

Do you have any tricks for transitioning summery pieces into winter looks? Let me know in the comments!

15 comments:

  1. Beautiful look! Love that maxi!
    ~Ashleigh {Dazzle by Day}
    www.dazzlebyday.com

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  2. Great outfit,
    I only discovered the Maxi length, be it dress or skirt this summer and haven't even thought about transforming it to the winter season.
    Will definitely try it out now !

    So thanks for the inspiration
    XXX Moi

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  3. Great way to style the maxi skirt for winter.I can't tell you are wearing that many layers.

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  4. beautiful! you always capture the prettiest light in your photos.

    xo, lily on fillmore

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  5. Great advice! You look great as usual! ;) xx

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  6. Lovely outfit!
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    Please let me know ;-)

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  7. love it, you look very pretty!

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  8. This is gorgeous, I love winter maxis! I have a great knitted army green one I can't wait to style xo

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  9. Gorgeous outfit with the maxi skirt and amazing tips how to wear it. Thanks for all the tips.
    Wish you a lovely day.
    xo, Petra

    http://www.sweetsoflife86.blogspot.com

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  10. Such a nice little switch-up from the usual jeans looks we see at this time of year!! I love the navy, brown, and grey combination...and your scarf is simply gorgeous!! Too bad it's vintage (only in the sense that I can't easily go out and purchase my own) but you can bet I'm going to be on the lookout for a similar one!!

    www.StyleIsMyPudding.com

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  11. Thanks so much for the tips! I have a maxi dress that I've been wanting to wear and wasn't sure how to do it! Love your outfit!
    ~Sara
    Sincerely, Sara

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  12. I need to bust out my maxi for winter! Thanks for the inspiration!

    http://kacieskloset.blogspot.com/

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  13. I haven't tried wearing a maxi at this time of year, but my main reason is that I only have two, and one is definitely a "summer" skirt. As for why I haven't tried styling the other one...I really don't know!

    It's strange, but it's so much harder in winter...

    xoxo Jackie
    Something About That

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  14. I would never have guessed that you're wearing that many layers in this outfit! You've styled the maxi beautifully and practically for winter, I'm definitely going to give your tips a try. Also, I recently put one of your photography tips from your Blogging 101 series to work in my latest outfit post (Plaiditude). When we were initially shooting, my photographer and I were both in the sun and her camera wouldn't focus. While we normally would have both moved into the shade to remedy the problem, I suggested she stand in the shade and have me stay in the sun and it totally worked! So thanks for the series, I look forward to the next instalment :)

    Marisa
    http://style-rhapsody.blogspot.com

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  15. Beautiful pics! I have to agree strongly with wearing heavy duty tights underneath any maxi during this winter :) A maxi is still so stylish despite any season!
    www.speakstyleandrock.com

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