How to style a cotton maxi dress three ways

How to wear a Summer maxi dress in the daytime.

How to style a cotton maxi dress three ways. I have worn this dress so much this summer. I would highly recommend it if you are going somewhere hot for your holidays. As you will see from this post It can be worn during the day, on the beach, going for a stroll, sightseeing or dressed up for an evening out such as dinner at a local restaurant. Simply change your accessories and add a scarf or a hat and sunglasses for the day. Swap your daytime sandals for a sparkly evening pair et Voila! The good news is that the dress is still in stock at MarksandSpencer UK and USA.

Pretty summer dresses have a timeless appeal. They are so versatile and adaptable. Above I am wearing my cotton maxi dress for a stroll around Grimaud village. I have added a Panama hat, originally from St.Tropez market and my comfortable fisherman sandals.

How to style a cotton maxi dress three ways:

Pink cotton maxi dress on the beach

A walk along La Croix-Valmer beach early in the morning. Accessorised with scarf, sunglasses and sunhat.

How to style a cotton maxi dress three ways

Dressing up my simple cotton maxi dress for an evening out. I have swapped my shawl for a stunning bead necklace. I buy most of my colourful necklaces and earrings in the local village market. The market is held every Thursday morning in the centre of the village. My favourite jewellery stall is Les Bijouxdenatasha. My silver sandals are from Pavers. Similar below:

How to style a cotton maxi dress three ways

A quick change for an evening out with friends at a local restaurant in the village.

The lovely photos were taken in Grimaud village by my friend Dee.


  1. 14th July 2023 / 16:20

    Oh so perfect! Cannot find any such dress in the States. I might order and have sent to daughter’s house in Manchester as we go next week for 3 weeks. I never am sure about size. If I am petite frame, wear a 6 generally in US sizes, and find things often too large…what would you recommend? An 8 UK? Just never sure. Thanks Josephine. Oh, how I would love to once again shop those markets……….

    • 14th July 2023 / 17:25

      Hello Libby
      I put a link in the blog to the dress on the US MarksandSpencer site you might be able to buy it or something similar. They have a good range or get it when you go to the UK. It says size 10 in chart but it is quite loose

  2. Peggy West
    14th July 2023 / 16:20

    Dear Josephine, I love following your travels!! I do have a question regarding the wonderful pink cotton maxi dress. Do you have to wear a slip underneath? I have steered away from cotton and linen dresses because of this very thing. Linen and cotton are cooler to wear in hot summers but if a slip has to be worn I think it defeats the purpose. I would love your opinion!! Thank you, Peggy West.

  3. 14th July 2023 / 17:33

    Hello Peggy
    No I never wear a slip with my cotton dresses. In fact I don’t think that I possess one. When the temperature is over 30 degrees and the fabric is quite light cool comfort comes first.

  4. Pamela Kaylor
    14th July 2023 / 18:09

    Stunning outfits, and thank you for the links for shopping in the US!

  5. Rebecca
    14th July 2023 / 18:37

    You look lovely and the beaded necklace adds the perfect touch!

  6. Sylvia
    28th March 2024 / 02:58

    Ditto, you look fabulous! Must get out and check the stores. Wishing you a speedy recovery from your surgery.

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