Summer Looks: Maxi Dresses

On that first day of spring, the sense of ‘spring has sprung’ crosses all our minds, and we hope that warmth and sunshine will FINALLY be here.

But more often than not, the weather here in Queensland misses that memo.  So that makes for fashion during this time tricky and awkward – will it rain? be humid? cool with a fresh breeze?  Or still and spice hot?

Learning to dress for the weather is where the maxi dress comes in.

While you can always find a way to blend your winter and summer wardrobes for a brief few weeks with some creative layering ideas, for me, the one style I can ALWAYS rely on is the maxi dress! This dress was born to shine during this part of the year.

Loose enough to float and breath, long enough to protect from the sun or rain, chic and feminine for brunches and long lunches, and versatile in styling during the day or into the night.

What more could we want?! Something easy to throw on when it’s not too hot and not too cold.

And the best thing is, there are no real limits to the best maxi or how to wear it.

At the moment, I love small to medium-sized prints in my maxi dresses.  It allows enough colour and detail in the garment without making it overpowering.

I also look for a shape that cinches in at the waist or under the bust for a little bit of shaping.  Alternatively, feel free to style the dress with a feature belt or use a tied jacket around the hips as a faux belt. Sometimes a maxi dress can feel like an overwhelming amount of fabric, which also allows for a bit of a break in the one colour or print.

Styling your maxi dress this season, throw a lightweight denim jacket over your shoulders, and keep it comfy with a crisp white sneaker.  When the weather sorts itself out, and we have a bit more of a consistent temperature, keep it breezy with a summery sandal and oversized hat – perfect for days at the beach or park.

As we come into the silly season of festivities, long lunches, and races, take your maxi out with a pump, spring colour lip and luxe bag.

Remember, a maxi dress is your best friend at the moment in this awkward in-between weather we like to call trans-seasonal.  Makes sure to have at least one on hand in your wardrobe this season!

GET THE LOOK: Linen Ditsy Midi Dress, $149.95; Straw Shoulder Bag $89.95, Ava Bucket Hat, $49.95; Seed Heritage

GET THE LOOK: Moss Leopard Asymmetric Dress, $379.00; Moss Leopard Hat, $110.00; Veronika Maine

Christie Serhan (Née Sutherland), has quickly become renowned as one of Queensland’s fashion authorities.  Hailing from South Africa, Christie started her career at Bauer Magazines and her eye for detail and hard work quickly saw her ascend to becoming the youngest ever Editor of Style Magazines.  Presiding over innumerable photo shoots with international brands, photographers and models has lead Christie into an exciting new phase of her career a freelance professional, becoming fashion ambassador for The Star Entertainment Group through to styling Ralph Lauren’s national season launches to name a few.  Always the consummate professional Christie is at home hosting events, styling shoots and producing cutting edge content.