15 ways to style a black maxi, whatever the season

Black Maxi Dress

By Andrea


Recently I received this email from a reader:

Hi Andrea,

I’m 33 and still don’t know how to dress! I especially hate summer because I always feel hot and frumpy. I’ve got a slim-fitting long black maxi dress with a tank-top style neckline (ie. round, thick shoulder strap but no sleeves) and don’t know how to wear it as it gets warmer. I also still have a mummy tummy, which makes it tricky. If you could perhaps do a “10 ways to style a black maxi in summer” story or something, with links to where I can buy accessories/shoes etc. I’d love you forever! Please help!

Many thanks!



No problem Rebecca, happy to help.”

I think a black maxi is a wardrobe essential for every woman, regardless of size or shape. The colour is slimming (and if you have kids, it hides stains from little Vegemite fingers). A good cut will smooth over and disguise any lumps and bumps. It’s super versatile, with the ability to be dressed up or down with a few simple accessories. And it’ll hide your legs if you’ve not had time to shave!

Plus, it’s one of the most trans-seasonal items you can own. Stripped back it’s a chic, classic summer look. Yet with a few clever layers, it can stay on high-rotation throughout the cooler months.

So instead of just focusing on summer styling tips for your black maxi dress, here are 15 ideas to take you through all seasons of the year. There’s also a bunch of shopping links so you can recreate these looks yourself if you don’t already have some of the items tucked away somewhere.

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Now, let’s go shopping!”


Hats to wear with a Black Maxi

Grosgrain bow paper panama hat by: ARMANI COLLEZIONI @Lane Crawford (AU) $193


Barts Jackie Cable Headband by: Barts @Asos (AU) $39.10

Woolen Wide Brim gentleman Hat by: Oasap @Oasap Limited $30.78


Sunglasses to wear with a Black Maxi

Ray-Ban Mirrorred Matte Classic Aviator Sunglasses by: Ray-Ban @Shopbop $182

Aviator metal mirrored sunglasses by: Cutler and Gross @Net-a-Porter Global $579

Butterfly Cat’s-Eye Acetate Sunglasses by: Stella [email protected] Fifth Avenue (Global) $216.60

Karen Walker Super Duper Strength Sunglasses by: Karen Walker @Shopbop $319

jackets and tops

Tops and Jackets to wear with a Black Maxi

BLK DNM Leather Jacket 1 in Black by: BLK DNM @Revolve Clothing (Global) $906.30

Juicy Couture Wool Melton Moto Coat by: Juicy Couture @Shopbop $419

Rag & Bone M15 Moto Jacket by: Rag & Bone @Shopbop $453

Current/Elliott Infantry Jacket in Army by: Current/Elliott @Revolve Clothing (Global) $303

Current/Elliott The V Neck Tee by: Current/Elliott @Shopbop $111

Lovers + Friends So Good Sweater in Black by: Lovers + Friends @Revolve Clothing (Global) $150


Great bags to wear with a Black Maxi

Tory Burch Robinson Drawstring Bucket Bag by: Tory Burch @Shopbop $564

Jenna Woven Bag by: ShopRuche.com @Shop Ruche $75

Rebecca Minkoff MAC Bag by: Rebecca Minkoff @Shopbop $336


Jewellery to wear with a Black Maxi

Montana 1″” Horizontal Arrow Necklace in Gold – designed by Jennifer Zeuner @Singer 22 $163

Bronze Claw Necklace from Boticca by: Peggy Li at Boticca.com @Boticca $78

Ridley & Dowse Large Silver Feather Necklace by: abibas @Joy The Store $123

Set of Six Gold and Black Enamel Bangle Bracelets by: Blu Bijoux @Max & Chloe $20.52

Eight Sided Gold and Enamel Bangle with Pyramid Spikes by: Ettika @Max & Chloe $71.82

Large Enamel Bangles by: Large Enamel Bangles @jfahri $41.03


Black Maxi shoes

 Metallic leather and resin sandals by: Giuseppe Zanotti @The Outnet (Global) $504

Fashion Lab – Women Green Sandal W/Gold Trim by: Fashion Lab @Dr. Jay’s $43.32

The Bekett suede wedge sneakers by: Isabel Marant @Net-a-Porter Global $684

Black cut out curb chain ankle boots by: River Island @River Island $133

diSh Footwear – Sebene Wedge – Sandals (Black) by: diSh Footwear @The Iconic (AU) $50.39

alice + olivia Diona Cutout Booties by: alice + olivia @Shopbop $184.68



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  • Great ideas. Maxis are so versatile. I need to get myself one in a more flowing fabric for sure 🙂

    • FoxInFlats

      You’ll NEVER regret that buy.

      • Guess what, bout 2 months ago i actually got a gorgeous one in a crepe fabric from Glassons, inspired by this post! I wore it about 3 times a week since I bought it,(which is impressive because I wear a uniform to work 5 days a week so don’t actually wear normal clothes much!), taking advantage of the rest of the warm months and am now still rock it with a caramel suede bomber, denim jacket or leather jacket. I am even consider laying 3/4 tights under it for extra warmth so I can wear it into the cool months I love it so much. And if it wasn’t from this post I wouldn’t have considered it, thanks 🙂

        • FoxInFlats

          That’s so great Steph! LOVE how versatile they are. Come to think of it, I may need another one… 😉

  • I LOVE a black maxi. Major summer staple plus doubles as winter wear with boots, tights and a cardi when it starts getting cold!

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  • Erin

    what a fun blog…. is it ok to suggest a site that I chanced upon? I really love their images and Look Book – has anyone bought anything from this online store? 😀 http://www.stylecloset.com.au

  • Bea

    I have 3 black maxis and it’s been in my closet for 3 years now…. I was in the verge of donating them because I did not know what to do with them until this moment…. Thank you very much for this wonderful site. You just saved me from wasting my black maxis… great job!

  • Too funny that I’ve seen this post after sharing my “to the max” black maxi with panama & sunglasses shot!!