The maxi dress has become a wardrobe staple for many women. The long romantic length is flattering and feminine, and because it’s suitable for all ages and comes in so many shapes and styles it’s easy for women to find one that fits them perfectly. Maxi dresses come in plain fabrics or prints, have different necklines; strapless, halter, strappy and high to name a few, and the fabric can be anything from polyester to cotton to silk or chiffon. They can be perfect for special occasions such as weddings or proms, and can be dressed up with high heels and jewellery to look that extra bit special. They also make perfect holiday dresses and look fabulous with jewelled flip-flops and layered bangles. With maxi dresses featuring so heavy in all the catwalk shows for spring/summer 2011, it was inevitable that the high street would follow suit and now is the perfect time to start shopping for the new season. Many websites also have fantastic ranges of maxi dresses and shopping online can make it easier to try the dresses on in the comfort of your own home before deciding what type of dress is best for you.
If you’re a petite lady you can still pull off a long dress, it is a common myth that the maxi will swamp your figure or make you look like you’re wearing a tent, but just by doing small things like choosing a print with long vertical lines in it will create the illusion of being taller. V necks are also a great way to create a longer silhouette. Adding a belt is also a great way to balance your figure. The Hollywood actress Mila Kunis who is very petite completely stole the show when she turned up to the 2011 SAG awards in a long chiffon dress pulled in with a belt. Don’t forget heels!
Tall ladies can easily wear maxi dresses, just make sure you get one that reaches the floor. Dresses that aren’t too tight or too floaty tend to look better on taller frames.
Spring/summer 2011 brings a riot of different styles, shapes and colors when it comes to the popular maxi dress. From loud & breathtaking colors and wild, 70’s themed prints to the classic pastels and nudes, this season the long dress is making a strong comeback. You just have to find the most flattering style for your body shape and enjoy summer to the fullest.