#12MonthsofThrifting: How to Thrift & Style a Maxi Dress



Maxi dresses are an essential piece to a staple wardrobe. They are perfect for vacations, weekend wear, and night outs. Every single maxi dress I own came from the thrift store. I thrifted this floral maxi from Goodwill wait for it…for $1.50!


My thrifting routine:


I narrow down my selection before I even go to the store.   There are so many styles to choose from, there are chiffon dresses, casual jersey maxis, formal maxis, beach style maxis and so on. That’s why  I always seek thriftspiration beforehand and take inventory of what I already own and need. I like to keep two staple maxi dresses on hand; one solid black or gray one for everyday wear and one bold, printed dress for fancier occasions.


I avoid low cut. Most modern maxi dresses are low cut or sleeveless so I keep an eye out for a practical cut that won’t leave me feeling uncomfortable throughout the day. I stopped buying super low-cut dresses when I realized I was extremely limited in the number of places I could wear these dresses.


Experiment with vintage. Maxi dresses were extremely popular in the 1970s and made a comeback in a big way in the last few years. If you can find an original vintage style, don’t pass it up! The styles are authentic and timeless. If you find a vintage style you love but doesn’t quite fit, consider getting it altered for a classic piece you will have for years to come. It’s always great to have at least one vintage piece on hand, and a maxi dress is the way to go!


I like to make sure my maxi dresses cover my foot completely. It makes anyone look taller which is especially great for us fun-sized folks. If I’m wearing flats, I make sure the dress hits right below my ankles. Maxi dresses are so fun to play around with. I’ve worn this six different ways already; with a cardigan, denim shirt, vest, jeans jacket, faux leather jacket, and on it’s own. Play around with what you have and make the most of your maxi!




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About the Challenge

12 Months of Thrifting is designed to help you build a functional wardrobe on a budget. Each prompt represents an essential and staple wardrobe piece you will be able to wear for seasons to come. Each month Dina’s Days and Goodwill Akron share tips on ways you can thrift and wear each of these prompts. Share your finds using the tag #12Monthsof Thrifting on social media.