Maxi dresses have been on-trend for quite a few seasons. They are the epitome of when style meets comfort. Few things look as chic as a great maxi dress, and few things are as comfortable or versatile. A maxi dress can be worn to the beach, running errands or even out to dinner, with the right accessories.
I spotted this Fashionista leaving class in a gray and cream printed maxi dress that she pairs with a classic denim jacket. A printed maxi dress can be tough to pull off, because a head-to-toe print can overwhelm an outfit, but this Fashionista pulls it off fantastically.
The denim jacket is not only a great way to mix something classic with something trendy, but it also breaks up the outfit. Wearing a print from head to toe can be difficult, but this Fashionista’s denim jacket creates a visual divide from the top and bottom halves of her body, which allows the print to still stand out, but also look flattering.
When it comes to a printed maxi dress, small to medium prints tend to work best. Prints that are somewhat geometric like this Fashionista’s also tend to look great. My weakness tends to be the bold yet minimal print for a maxi dress, like this overlapping striped dress from Banana Republic. It is a simple print that still creates an impact.
An interesting way to replicate the printed look is with a burnout maxi dress. This technique creates an almost crocheted or lacy look. It can be a subtle alternative to a bold print. I would substitute the bold print with a bold color when rocking the burnout look, because a lot of the texture detail can get lost in darker colors.