I will admit it, I was not a big fan of maxi dresses when they first came out. They just seemed big and unflattering and the name maxi even put me off, like something you see on the side of a feminine hygiene product. But as the thermometer rises and it gets harder to look cool and stylish I have become a convert to the maxi dress.
Yes they are full of volume but if purchased with the correct shape and fit they can be very flattering as well as extremely cool and comfy. They are also very versatile because they can be dressed up and down with accessories you already own. They are perfect for trips and vacations because they are easy to pack and they can pull double duty as an outfit or a swimsuit cover up. Wear it one day with flip flops for sightseeing and another night out with wedges and layered necklaces, they also look great layered with a denim jacket or cardigan.
A few tips to keep in mind while shopping for a maxi dress:
Do Buy a maxi dress in the correct length for your height or get it hemmed, too long dresses look sloppy and cause you to trip.
Avoid gathered waists if you are bulky around the middle and make sure the top fits “the girls” properly, no one wants to see them spilling out nor do you want to spend all day pulling the top up. Make sure the dress skims instead of clings.
Avoid bright, crazy and loud prints, they can make you look heavier, opt for fun graphic or soft floral prints and you can never go wrong with solid colors.
Do accessorize with long layered necklaces, stacks of bangles, hoop earrings, belts or a summer scarf.
Do shop around, great maxi dresses can be found at a wide variety of stores in a range of prices, colors and styles.
Last but not least, please do not wear your maxi dress with cowboy boots, opt for flip flops, gladiator sandals or wedges and use caution when wearing with pumps they just seem too sophisticated for the bohemian look of the maxi dress.
For a great selection of maxi dresses check out www.shopbop.com.
Pair this Juicy Couture maxi dress with yellow bejeweled Mystique flip flips (www.piperlime.com) and colorful Juicy Couture Bangles (www.shop.nordstrom.com).
You can never go wrong with this black strapless maxi dress by Velvet, sleek, slimming and elegant, pair with these purple Seychelles gladiators (www.piperlime.com) and a scattered glass statement making necklace (www.jcrew.com).
Two super cute maxi dresses from Alice + Olivia and Velvet.