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3 Ways to Wear a Boho Maxi Dress in Autumn/Winter/Spring | Not Dressed As Lamb, Over 40 Style

Last month I styled and wore a boho maxi dress for the cold weather – today I’m showing you three ways to wear it for autumn, winter and spring!

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This outfit was what I wore to host a styling event for Cotton Traders at the end of November, where I showcased my favourite SS20 pieces and how to style them; this coral maxi dress* was the star of the show for me. As it’s from the new collection it won’t be available to buy until about February time, but as soon as it IS available I’ll link it here and mention it on my social channels… the coral colour, the boho styling and long length were all too much for me to resist!

(If you’d like to know when it’s available then do drop me an email and I’ll let you know when it’s on their website. Update March 2020: it’s available, I’ve linked to it)

Cotton Traders asked me to show you how versatile this dress can be as they designed a range that’s the very opposite of fast fashion. My 5 Ways to Wear sections in my outfit posts are exactly how they want their audience to approach the new collection, which is all very fresh and new for 2020 by the way… there were LOADS of pieces I loved!


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So as it’ll probably still be cold when the dress becomes available to buy, what better way to show off its versatility than to give you three cold/cooler weather outfits? If you love an item of clothing as much as I love this dress, there’s no reason not to wear it all year round – the trick is in the styling.

Read on for my three ways to wear this boho maxi dress (which could easily have been five or more)…

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Hope you loved the ways that I’ve styled this maxi dress… what’s your favourite look? Tell me in the comments!


3 Ways to Wear a Boho Maxi Dress for Autumn, Winter and Spring

1. Autumn

3 Ways to Wear a Boho Maxi Dress in Autumn/Winter: 70s Style | Not Dressed As Lamb, Over 40 Style

A warm, layered 70s look with lots of faux fur

This is very similar to how I wore the dress at the styling event. Maxi dresses lend themselves perfectly to 70s style, and if you add a roll neck and knee-high boots then ANYTHING becomes 70s-looking…!

Far from having an Indian Summer, we’ve had a miserable autumn in the UK so the way I styled it here would see you through from autumn to winter. The coral, blue and white colours of the dress are picked up in the red faux fur scarf, navy coat and boots and roll-neck sweater. Tan adds a little warmth with that glorious suede belt and a fun faux fur bag adds even more warm, furry fuzziness.

Coat | Sweater | Scarf | Bag | Boots | Belt | Dress (Cotton Traders SS20, available in about February)



2. Winter

3 Ways to Wear a Boho Maxi Dress in Autumn/Winter: Cool Girl Winter Style | Not Dressed As Lamb, Over 40 Style

Cool girl style with a shearling jacket and winter whites

I absolutely ADORE winter whites, so when I saw this shearling jacket I knew it would work beautifully with the Cotton Traders dress. I’ve also had my eye on these white hiking boots for a while – they add some tough, ‘cool girl’ vibes to the dress. The accessories either pick out the black and brown of the jacket and boots or the coral of the dress (the beanie is a perfect match and such a flattering colour to wear by your face on so many skin tones).

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Don’t forget your warm layers underneath. If it’s really cold I’ll wear tights AND leggings underneath a maxi dress or skirt in the winter; the dress is loose enough to take all the layers you need to keep out the cold.

Jacket | Belt | Bag | Boots | Beanie | Dress (Cotton Traders SS20, available in about February)



3. Spring

3 Ways to Wear a Boho Maxi Dress in Autumn/Winter: Winter to Spring Transitional Outfit | Not Dressed As Lamb, Over 40 Style

A winter to spring transitional look with metallics

Once some milder weather comes rolling around (looking outside at all the rain right now that thought makes me so happy!), you can ditch the woollen layers and zhuj up the dress a little more. These fabulous gold sandals would actually look great with black tights if your legs are still cold, and metallics aren’t just for Christmas. Shades of bronze, pewter and gold all work together and look fabulous with the colour of the dress.

A biker jacket is the perfect style for a maxi dress or skirt: the proportions work to divide your body into the “ideal” thirds which is especially flattering for all body shapes, sizes and heights.

Cotton Traders have a classic biker jacket in their SS20 collection which I’ll link to, again, when it’s available.

Jacket | Bag | Heels | Earrings | Dress (Cotton Traders SS20, available in about February)


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3 Ways to Wear a Boho Maxi Dress in Autumn/Winter/Spring | Not Dressed As Lamb, Over 40 Style


  1. Trisha
    7 August 2021 / 8:56 am

    I love a maxi dress, especially as a tall girl, always have, and bought one recently again. However, after I saw an older lady in the street wearing one, I took it back to the shop. This was a retired lady on a coach party, walking through our town; the effect was sad and hippyish, it just looked wrong on a much older, slightly stooped woman. I came to the conclusion that at 67, this was no longer going to work for me either, although I have bought a couple of casual, jersey, long skirts to wear with tee shirts.

    • Catherine
      9 August 2021 / 7:06 pm

      As long as you’re wearing what YOU want to wear Trisha, not because you feel you should or because someone else has says you should or shouldn’t wear x, y or z, that’s all that matters…!

  2. 17 June 2020 / 7:44 pm

    Love your suggestions Catherine! I like to wear my dress with a cropped jacket, skinny jeans, and a pair of white sneakers. And cannot forget the accessories! I like to have a scarf around my neck whenever I wear a maxi dress.

    • Catherine
      19 June 2020 / 12:58 pm

      Thanks Jennifer! x

  3. 20 December 2019 / 11:23 pm

    I love to wear dresses all year round, over the knee boots, thick tights or my doc martens take it through the year. I love to add a teddy coat or aviator jacket for the winter

    • Catherine
      29 December 2019 / 10:30 pm

      Teddy coats are fabulous, Toni – and I don’t have one!! I should rethink that…

  4. Joyce
    19 December 2019 / 7:47 am

    You shared a spring collection – looks Amazing! Is it available now ?

    • Catherine
      19 December 2019 / 12:25 pm

      I’m afraid not, Joyce (only the dress) – as mentioned I’ll add a link to it when it’s available to buy on the Cotton Traders website (roughly February, so only a few weeks) x

  5. 14 December 2019 / 3:58 pm

    Such a beautiful dress and I can see it looking fabulous with each one of these picks!
    Thanks for hosting the linkup!
    Ellibelle’s Corner

    • Catherine
      16 December 2019 / 12:53 pm

      Thanks so much Ellibelle…! x

  6. 13 December 2019 / 9:06 pm

    Love the styling for every season Catherine ❤️

    • Catherine
      16 December 2019 / 12:54 pm

      Aww thanks Sarah! x

  7. 13 December 2019 / 7:04 pm

    Very nice. Thanks for hosting and I hope that you have a wonderful week.

    • Catherine
      13 December 2019 / 8:23 pm

      You too Patrick, thank you 🙂

  8. 13 December 2019 / 5:26 pm

    Super cute styling, Catherine! I love all three ways!


    • Catherine
      13 December 2019 / 8:24 pm

      Thanks so much, Shelbee! x

    • Karen
      13 December 2019 / 8:20 pm

      Great post ! I am biased because I love a maxi dress….just bought a one a few weeks ago from Fat Face and I’ve wore it 2 ways already !!! The Dress is darker than the one you’ve featured and slightly shorter than a standard maxi – it’s great to wear with suede ankle boots and I am planning to wear it with trainers in the spring. Love how you styled the dress for the cooler months. Thanks again for a great read x

      • Catherine
        13 December 2019 / 8:26 pm

        This dress also comes in the same pattern but in black, Karen – I don’t normally like black that much but it’s actually really lovely! I’m so glad you liked the way I styled this one, suede ankle boots and trainers both work too (as I mentioned there are several other ways to style it, I could have gone on forever)!! Thank you for the lovely comment x

    • Catherine
      13 December 2019 / 8:24 pm

      Pleasure, Dee x

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