15 Ways to Wear a Convertible Maxi Dress

If there’s one thing we can all agree on it’s that we LOVE outfit options!

And if you want options when shopping for bridesmaids dresses, you’re in luck.

Meet your new best friend: The convertible bridesmaid dress!

Ways to wear a convertible maxi dress

In fact, there are even options on what to call it: It’s also known as an “infinity dress,” “multiway dress,” or “wrap dress.”

It allows every bridesmaid to wear the same outfit … while styling it to their own personal preferences.

So “get in losers,” we’re going shopping. Buckle up and read along for a complete guide on the many ways to wear a convertible bridesmaid maxi dress.

What is a Convertible Maxi Dress?

Bridesmaids wearing convertible maxi dresses

Let’s start from the beginning.

Here’s what you should know:

A convertible maxi is a full-length dress with a long piece of fabric that hangs from the waist. You can style this design in several different ways.

Let’s explore:

You can twist it up into a chic neckline. You can wrap it around your torso for a stylish bodice. Or, you tie it in a bow and wear it around your arm as a relaxed-yet-elegant sleeve.

They come in a variety of different colors, textures, and styles — from floor-length ball gowns with sequins to more casual maxi skirts.

And, they’re available in every fabric imaginable. Chiffon, tulle, rayon — even spandex. These dresses can be simple, sophisticated, dramatic, or boho.

So ladies, whether you’re having a large, formal wedding in a fancy ballroom or a backyard barn wedding on a hay-filled farm, convertible dresses are like Mean Girls quotes — there’s one for EVERYTHING.

Looking for the perfect bridesmaid dresses? Find a Bella Bridesmaids location near you!

15 Ways to Wear a Convertible Bridesmaid Dress

1. Draped on One Shoulder

Draped on One Shoulder Maxi Dress

Dress: Jenny Yoo Annabelle (Cameo Pink)

Are you the Molly Ringwald of the Breakfast Club? Well if so, this one's for you. It’s one of the prettiest — and easiest — ways to wear a convertible dress. It creates the illusion of a long sleeve on one side, giving your look tasteful asymmetry.

Start with both of the straps draped over each shoulder, then pull one diagonally across the body so that they’re on the same side.

Give them a twist or two to keep them secure, then wrap the excess fabric around your waist. Tie it in the front, on the side, in the back, or however you feel most comfortable!

2. One Shoulder Twist

One Shoulder Twist Maxi Dress

Dress: Twobirds Tulle Ballgown (Lilac)

Start by draping both straps over one shoulder.

At the top of the shoulder, twist the straps together to create a braided effect down to the back of the waist.

To finish it off, wrap the straps around the front and tie the excess fabric into a knot or a bow on the side. We (and your twisted strap) got your back!

3. X-Back Twist

X-Back Twist Maxi Dress

Photo: Twobirds Classic Ballgown (Silver)

Want to look like a Grecian goddess? The X-back twist is the style you’re looking for!

To create this look, place one strap over each shoulder and twist the straps inward until you hit below the waist.

Then, crisscross the straps across the back, wrap them around the waist, and tie them together.

4. T-Back Twist

T-Back Twist Maxi Dress

Dress: Jenny Yoo Julia (Mayan Blue)

For a T-back twist, place one strap over each shoulder and twist them inward.

When you get to the back of the neck, start twisting them together. The T-strap can go all the way down to the waist, or you can stop it mid-way down the back.

Once you’ve gotten it to the length you want, just wrap the straps around the waist and tie them into a bow in the back.

5. Backless with Twist Straps

Backless Maxi Dress with Twist Straps

Dress: Twobirds Classic Ballgown (Champagne Gold)

For a backless V-neck look, place one strap over each shoulder and twist them inward until you reach the back of the waist.

Then, wrap the straps around the waist and tie them into a knot or a bow in the back.

It’s fabulous, it’s feminine, and it’s a look that’s incredibly easy to pull off!

6. Short Sleeves with Full Coverage

Short Sleeves Maxi Dress with Full Coverage

Dress: Twobirds Tulle Ballgown (Midnight Blue)

Drape the straps over each shoulder and spread the fabric out so that it covers the top of the shoulders.

Crisscross the panels in back, wrap the straps around the waist, and tie them together behind you.

Want a bit more coverage? Fan the straps out and down over the back so that all of your skin stays in its assigned seats.

7. Halter Neckline with Long Bow Back

Halter Neckline with Long Bow Back Maxi Dress

Dress: Twobirds Classic Ballgown (Peach)

This one is so easy that you can probably do it with your eyes closed. However, we suggest keeping them OPEN.

Just put one strap over each shoulder and tie them at the back of the neck. Make a bow, pull the ends to your desired length, and you’re done!

8. Front Neck Halter

Front Neck Halter Maxi Dress

Dress: Twobirds Tulle Ballgown (Dove)

What a classic. After all, you can never falter with a halter! So ladies, to achieve this start with one strap over each shoulder, then crisscross each one over the opposite shoulder to create a chic front twist.

Depending on how much texture you want, you can twist the straps or drape them. You can tie them at the back of your neck, or cross them around your waist and tie them into a bow at the waistband.

9. Strapless

Strapless Maxi Dress

Dress: Jenny Yoo Mira (Soft Blush)

Okay, for all you crafty ladies out there — this one’s a little bit tricky, but classic and stunning nonetheless:

Start by crisscrossing the straps at the waist two times.

Pull the fabric up to cover the bust, then pull the straps around the back. Then, pull them around your waist. Tie them in back into a simple knot or a pretty bow!

10. Cap Sleeves

Cap Sleeves Maxi Dress

Dress: Twobirds Classic Ballgown (Black)

Get ready to add “Seamstress” to your resume because you’re about to make your own sleeves!

Start by draping one strap over each shoulder, crisscrossing them in back, wrapping them around your waist, and tying them together.

To create cap sleeves, pull down on the fabric a bit at the shoulder until you have the sleeve length you desire.

11. Knotted Tank

Knotted Tank Maxi Dress

Dress: Twobirds Classic Ballgown (Coral)

Your best friend may be tying the knot, but you’ll be tying TWO knots to create this super chic look...

Put one strap over each shoulder. Tie a knot (as high or low as you want) in each.

With your knots in place, simply loop the straps at the back of the neck, wrap them around your waist, and tie them into a bow or a knot in the back.

12. Knotted Cap Sleeves

Knotted Cap Sleeves Maxi Dress

Dress: Twobirds Classic Ballgown (Arzelia)

If the cap sleeve and the knotted tank had a love child, this would be it!

To create this silhouette, make a knot in each strap (just above the bust) then pull the straps over each shoulder.

Pull a bit of fabric down to create cap sleeves, then crisscross the rest of the fabric in the back.

Finish by wrapping the straps around the waist and tying them into a bow.

13. Backless Halter

Backless Halter Maxi Dress

Dress: Twobirds Classic Ballgown (Aubergine)

The back is the best place for fabric to lack, right ladies?

With one strap over each shoulder, cross the straps at the back of the neck, then bring the straps down under each arm, leaving the back exposed.

Wrap them around the waist and tie them into either a simple knot or a feminine bow on the back.

14. Sleeveless

Sleeveless Maxi Dress

Dress: Twobirds Bridesmaid Slit Dress (Blush)

Perhaps the easiest of all of the options (and the most graceful, too): the sleeveless silhouette — it has just three simple steps.

Put one strap over each shoulder, criss cross them in back, wrap them around the waist, and tie them.

It’s no surprise that this is such a popular wedding look — pulling it off is a piece of cake!

15. Buckle Waist

Buckle Waist Maxi Dress

Dress: Twobirds Tulle Ballgown (Clementine)

This is a slight variation on the sleeveless silhouette, but if you want to accentuate your waist, this one’s for you!

Place one strap over each shoulder, cross them in back, and then crisscross them in the front — twice. The second cross forms a sort of chain link, which creates a cool buckle effect.

Wrap them around the back and tie them together to complete the look!

Check out more beautiful dress styles in the Bella Bridesmaids Collection!

Bonus Tip:

Twisting and wrapping straps isn’t hard to do, but it’s always best to have a friend to help! To make sure you look perfect on the wedding day, grab a fellow bridesmaid and practice a few days ahead of time.

Conclusion

The convertible dress is one of the most versatile and inclusive gowns you can buy, with countless ways to make it look beautiful.

If you happen to be a pregnant ‘maid,  the convertible maxi gown does double duty as the perfect maternity dress!

In other words:

This is a great option for almost any bridal party. With a convertible dress, each member of the bridal party can create the look and fit that she feels comfortable and beautiful in!

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