Since fashion, in general, over the last few years has been trending toward more comfortable clothing for women, it will come as no surprise that the maxi dress has become a closet staple. A maxi dress is an informal dress that is floor or ankle length. It is usually form fitting at the top and loose and flowing at the bottom. Maxi dresses are cut to flow over the body in a comfortable way and not be restrictive at all. Not only are they comfortable to wear, they are also very easy to put on. Since there are no buttons or zippers to contend with, you just throw it over your head and you are ready to go. One last feature of the maxi dress that makes it something every woman should have in her closet is that they are flattering no matter what your body type.
Maxi Dress Styles
Maxi dresses come in many different styles depending on the cut of the top of the dress. Some of the more popular cuts include the Greek princess (cut out shoulders), deep plunging neckline, high-neck sleeveless, strapless corset, spaghetti straps, or tank. Which of these styles you choose might depend on your body type. Plus size women should stick with the tank style or other styles that have sturdy straps to hold up a large bosom. Maxi dresses with a high waist, just under the bosom also work well for plus sized women because it takes the focus off the waist and accentuates one of her best features, her chest!
How Long Should My Maxi Dress Be?
The definition of maxi dress says the dress should be floor or ankle length, but there are some general rules that one should follow when trying on maxi dresses. Your maxi dress is the perfect length if it covers your ankles, but does not drag on the floor. You should just be able to see your toes and a little bit of your shoe poking out at the bottom like in the picture above. That way it doesn’t look like the dress is too short and you won’t trip over loads of extra fabric dragging on the ground. If you need to, you should consider hemming the dress to get just the right length. WHen you are trying the dress on, or doing any sewing, keep in mind what shoes you will be wearing with the dress so that you can act accordingly. Simple sandals or flip flops work well with a casual maxi dress. You can also dress one up a bit with a pair of wedge heels.
Other Helpful Maxi Dress Tips
One thing to keep in mind when shopping for maxi dresses is the print or lack thereof. Solid colors work for everyone, but if you are going to choose a floral maxi dress you should keep in mind your size. Petite and thin women look best in small floral prints because larger prints can be overwhelming to their frames. Larger women should stick to medium and large floral prints, because the smaller prints will seem too busy. Other helpful hints for choosing the right maxi dress for you include:
- V-necks elongate the body so women with shorter torsos should consider them
- Halter tops make big shoulders look smaller
- Empire waists or A-line dresses make you look slimmer
- Embellished tops, whether it be with a patterned fabric or actual embellishments, take the focus off of a pear shaped bottom
- Always minimize the accessories with maxi dresses because the point of this fashion trend is easy and comfortable.