Now that winter is officially here, and *most* of us are all shopped out (after all of the holiday madness)…let’s talk about maximizing pieces already in our closets. Specifically, the maxi dress. Warming up a maxi dress for winter is pretty easy — I typically just throw a black turtleneck underneath (and tights) and call it a day. But which coat to wear on top? Because the dress is so long, the proportion has got to be right. Here are the coats that are currently working for me…..

1. A Leather Jacket

It almost doesn’t matter which leather jacket you have, nor which maxi dress you choose: silk, cotton, linen, patterned, solid, whatever — a leather jacket looks good with all of them.Totally stumped on which coat to wear with a maxi dress? You're not alone. We've got 5 — yup, 5 — styles of jackets that work super-well with a maxi skirt.

Totally stumped on which coat to wear with a maxi dress? You're not alone. We've got 5 — yup, 5 — styles of jackets that work super-well with a maxi skirt.

Jacket (size 38) | Turtleneck (xs) | Dress (xs/s) – on sale!! | Boots

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2. A Furry Bomber

I think because bombers typically hit at the waist, the proportions work. And I like how these fleecy, fluffy bombers give off all the casual-luxe vibes. Perfect with a maxi dress.

Totally stumped on which coat to wear with a maxi dress? You're not alone. We've got 5 — yup, 5 — styles of jackets that work super-well with a maxi skirt.Totally stumped on which coat to wear with a maxi dress? You're not alone. We've got 5 — yup, 5 — styles of jackets that work super-well with a maxi skirt.

Bomber (Similar) |Turtleneck (xs) | Dress | Boots

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3. A Military Parka

I love layering military parkas over fancier pieces (I did it with a pretty skirt, last winter). It’s the tough/feminine combo that always just seems to work. And I’m finding that a 3/4 length coat seems to work really well over maxi dresses.

Totally stumped on which coat to wear with a maxi dress? You're not alone. We've got 5 — yup, 5 — styles of jackets that work super-well with a maxi skirt.Totally stumped on which coat to wear with a maxi dress? You're not alone. We've got 5 — yup, 5 — styles of jackets that work super-well with a maxi skirt.

ParkaTurtleneck (xs) | Dress | Boots

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4. The (Menswear-Inspired) Wool Topcoat

Another masculine/feminine combo that just works. The clean lines (and 3/4 length) look so good layered with a pretty, pretty skirt.

Totally stumped on which coat to wear with a maxi dress? You're not alone. We've got 5 — yup, 5 — styles of jackets that work super-well with a maxi skirt.Totally stumped on which coat to wear with a maxi dress? You're not alone. We've got 5 — yup, 5 — styles of jackets that work super-well with a maxi skirt.

Coat (xs) – more sizes available hereTurtleneck (xs) | Dress | Boots

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5. The Duffle Coat

This one is similar to the wool topcoat above, but the vibe is decidedly different. A duffle coat typically has a casual feel, rather than the sleek polish of a topcoat. But because it’s 3/4 length, the proportions still work.  However, I’m not convinced that this coat will look good with a really fancy maxi dress — I think it’s best to stick to the casual ones. I also think this coat will need to be paired with a maxi dress that has a winter-ready feel to it. Perhaps a thicker fabric (linen rather than stretchy jersey or silk) or a bold, dark-ish pattern.

Totally stumped on which coat to wear with a maxi dress? You're not alone. We've got 5 — yup, 5 — styles of jackets that work super-well with a maxi skirt.Totally stumped on which coat to wear with a maxi dress? You're not alone. We've got 5 — yup, 5 — styles of jackets that work super-well with a maxi skirt.

Coat | Turtleneck (xs) | Dress | Boots

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Despite my “rules” about wearing these with maxi dresses, I do love this style of coat. I like that it feels both a little fancy and absolutely casual at the same time.

 

Know what coat I didn’t include? The floor-length maxi coat. So amazing, so dramatic, would work perfectly with a maxi dress….but also SO MUCH COAT. I’ve literally never had the urge to wear one. If I did….this one by Equipment, maybe? Although It’s probably smarter to start with something affordable (this?), then upgrade if you actually wear it.

xo,

S

3 COMMENTS

  1. So cute! I love that first look! If anyone come across a bomber or leather jacket that would work on a super long-torso girl, please let me know! I love the look but normal waists are practically crops on me!

  2. Happy New Year!

    Yes, I like the first look and agree that a leather jacket makes anything look good. It’s universal! Not sure about the other jackets. But being in southern California, I don’t have to deal with extreme weather. I own one coat (a black pea coat I bought in Paris in the late 90s…still perfect) and might have to wear it three times a season 🙂

  3. I have the Avec Les Filles oversized moto jacket, it’s a longer length vegan leather jacket with faux shearling. It comes in a bunch of color combinations at Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom. It’s generous in size, I bought a Small where I typically like my winter jackets and coats in Medium for comfortable layering. I love it.
    https://m.bloomingdales.com/shop/product/avec-les-filles-oversized-faux-shearling-moto-jacket?ID=2658098&CategoryID=2910#fn=ppp%3Dundefined%26sp%3DNULL%26rId%3DNULL%26spc%3D12%26cm_kws%3Davec%20les%20filles%20coats%26cm_kws_ac%3DAv%26spp%3D1%26pn%3D1%7C1%7C1%7C12%26rsid%3Dundefined%26smp%3DexactMultiMatch

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