The Maxi dress has gone from being hippy chic, wild child summer wear to a summer staple for most women. The style screams femininity, yards of flowing fabric are as womanly as it gets. It’s no longer the uniform of the bohemian festival follower only but is seen in the celeb mags on people like Lily Allen, Coleen Rooney and Kate Moss. It may seem like a casual look but you have to think about your shape and how to choose the best one for you.
Swathing yourself in acres of material can make you look shorter and wider so if you are under 5ft 3″ check out the ranges designed especially for petite women. The A line maxi which is cut proportional to the figure can look more flattering on a shorter lady. A small print is not so overwhelming and there has been a fantastic array this season, with the ditsy sprig or butterfly print extremely popular. Team your dress with strappy sandals or platforms for extra height and wear lots of tribal jewellery. Thin straps look good unless you have a large bust then a halter neck is just the job.
As a tall woman, you can make a statement with a bold graphic print and bright colours. You could always wear this seasons gladiator style sandals for extra effect. If you don’t want to wear the romantic floaty chiffons or floral prints why not try a jersey or t viking style houston astros hoodie tube. Make sure that it is not too tight to be clingy and layer it with a long cardigan or egypt t shirt and add a pair of ankle boots.
The maxi was featured in the catwalk shows for the Autumn 2010 season. The designers have teamed vintage floral maxi dresses and skirts with huge slouchy knit jumpers for an edgy detail. So don’t pack your dress away when the summer moves towards the Autumn, just add a sloppy Joe!
write by Athena Nguyen