When can you wear a maxi dress? There’s practically no occasion when this fabulously versatile piece doesn’t hit the fashion brief, from the office to the prom.

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Styled up with heels or down with Converse, the maxi dress is the perfect transition piece. Though maxis have been around for centuries they’re a very 21st-century look. From bold prints and colour blocking to asymmetric or wrap styles, here’s why you need a maxi dress in your wardrobe today.

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Dress down

Choose a style that sits on the ankle and dress down with trainers, sunnies and a biker jacket. Lose the cuteness of a floral print by adding an urban edge, and you have the perfect recipe for off-duty chic.

Work it

Layer your work shirt under a strappy maxi, or opt for sophisticated wrap or shirt-dress-style maxi dresses. A tailored jacket and block heel ankle boot seals the deal.

Summer cool

Whether you’re on a city break or at the beach, your maxi is your best friend. Add beads and flat sandals for a boho vibe or add a belt, denim jacket and a mid heel for a more structured summer in the city look. Maxis and the beach are made for each other, so keep it light and floaty, and add plenty of detailing to take you from day to night.

Red carpet style

When you need an outfit that’s truly spectacular, you need to take your maxi dress up a notch with red carpet glamour. Opt for heels and an asymmetric style or a classic yet slinky slip dress. Maxi dresses are great when you need to dress up ,and there’s a style for any occasion when you shop a collection like www.axparis.com/collections/maxi-dresses.

Here comes the bride

Summer is wedding season, and the maxi is your flawless friend. Choose a maxi with a knockout print or a standout detail that pulls the look together without detracting from the bride. Take your maxi from day to night by swapping your flats and jacket for a pair of killer heels and some statement jewellery.

A day at the races

When you need to look chic but feel comfortable, a maxi dress fits the bill. Choose a structured shape for Audrey Hepburn style and just add a fabulous hat and bag to win the style stakes!