Long dresses seem to be like hats: Some ladies can pull them off with finesse while others think both are totally out of their league. We beg to disagree. Given the newest crop of maxi dresses we've been tracking lately, going super-long is something every lady can get in on. The trick is counter-acting the after-eight feel with more casual, everyday twists. We recommend pairing any of our favorite maxis with a wide vintage tooled belt, Doc Martens, a little blazer, or a great pair of platforms. Mixing the dramatic impact of a long dress with less feminine accents will ensure the look is modern and fun as opposed to fussy and formal.
Tip: Give a sweeping skirt more structure with a tailored blazer and opaque tights.
Above, clockwise from left: Vena Cava Maxi Dress, $550, available in March (in black) at Opening Ceremony; Rebecca Norman Disk Necklace, $138, available at Max & Chloe; Alexander Wang Wool Zipper Blazer, $562.59, available at My Theresa; Lipstick Queen Wine Saint, $18, available at Barneys New York; A.P.C. Madras Pointelle Tights, $56, available at La Garçonne; Robert Clergerie Deesse Platforms, $690, available at Barneys New York.
Tip: Toughen up your feminine florals with bad-ass boots and biker accents.
Above, clockwise from left: Motel Painting Rose Long Sleeve Mini Dress, $67.99. available at ASOS; Madewell Suede Biker Vest, $295, available at J.Crew; Rika Love Scarf, $173, available at La Garçonne; Laura Mercier Lip Stain, $18, available at Sephora; Dr. Martens 1914 Boots, $124.95, available at Endless; Giles & Brother Domed Spiked Bangle, $140, available at Zoe.
Tip: Bring an ethereal dress down to earth with sturdy clog boots and a fun faux fur jacket.
Above, clockwise from left: Topshop Meadow Print Maxi Dress, $190, available at Topshop; Juicy Couture Bracelet Sleeve Faux Fur Jacket, $398, available at Piperlime; Lorac Sheer Wash Lip and Cheek Tint, $20, available at Drugstore.com; Swedish Hasbeens 455 Lace-Up Boots, $428, available at Endless; ASOS Double Wrap Belt, $20.40, available at ASOS.
Tip: Reinvent the glamorous hippie with western accents and a dramatic eye.
Above, clockwise from left: Victoria's Secret Off-the-Shoulder Maxi Dress, $59.99, available at Victoria's Secret; Lucky Brand Freedom Message Belt, $59.50, available at Lucky Brand; Frye Antique Riding Boots, $498, available at Bergdorf Goodman; Victoria's Secret Eyeshadow Quad, $15, available at Victoria's Secret.