How to get more from an old maxi dress

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A maxi dress can be an incredibly versatile style of clothing, but even they can seem tired after they have been worn too many times. Luckily, even the oldest maxi dress can be given a new lease of life in just a few easy steps. There is no need to get rid of your old dress just yet.

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In the modern world, more attention is being paid to the possibility of reusing and adapting old clothes rather than constantly buying new outfits. Whilst you may want to take scissors or a needle and thread to your outfit, there are simpler ways to make your maxi dress appear new and help you both look and feel your best.

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Season

The way you wear your maxi dress can change with the season and therefore it can be refreshed every time the weather changes. In winter it can be paired with jumpers and trousers and you will probably want more layers over the top. In summer, you can drop some of these extras and go for a lighter, cooler look with sandals, broad-brimmed hat, and a straw bag.

Layering

Your maxi dress will look very different depending on what other clothing accompanies it. If you are wearing it in colder weather, you may need to wear a jacket, but there is still room for stylistic variation. Choose between denim, leather or some other material depending on your personal taste. You may want to minimize the extra layers in summer, but even a light cardigan can make a difference.

Colour

Just as maxi dresses are available in a range of colors and patterns (just see AX Paris for the kind of selection available from many retailers), so are your accessories and accents. A bright colored pair of shoes will draw the eye and have a completely different impact on neutral shoes that leave the dress as the main focal point.

Accessories

Choice of accessories can impact how your dress is perceived and will vary depending upon the occasion. You can coordinate your bag and shoes as well but be careful with your choice of color and design. For instance, sandals are fine for when you are out and about on a summer’s day, whilst you will probably want some heels for a more formal occasion.

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