With summer right around the corner, maxi dresses are flying off the shelves. This long dress can be worn either casual or more dressed up. Thought to be reserved for hippies, this flowy dress has been spotted every where, but how do you find the perfect one for your shape? Whether you are petite or plus sized, this dress has the potential to make you look flawless. Designers from Versace to J.Mendel have displayed how an age-old trend of maxi dress can sweep off the most fashionable runways. The floor-length maxi dress is one of the highlights of Summer 2013.
If you are 5’4 or shorter (petite) then your main objective with this look is to not look like a tent. In order to not be swallowed up by the long fabric, look for a fitted dress. The fitted dress with accentuate your figure and make it seem elongated. Also, strive for a v-neck shape of a dress. This will show more skin, making you look leaner and taller. The v-neck also attracts the eyes to go up and down, creating a streamline look. Having a slit in the dress or cut-outs will show off your small figure and make your frame look amazing. Adding heels to this look will also make you look taller. For a summery look, I recommend wearing wedges or sandal heels. You can dress-up the look more by adding pumps and accessories. Focusing on vertical prints or solid colors won’t make you look overwhelmed. For petites I recommend Target, Forever21, Topshop, or Asos for maxi dresses.
For plus size girls, this look is great because it minimizes large hips and legs. For optimum wear for your figure, try looking for thicker straps. Small spaghetti straps will make your figure look larger in comparison. Larger prints will compliment your figure much more than smaller ones. Darker colors will also make you look slimmer. Adding a belt around the thinnest part of the waistline to add an hour-glass shape. Wearing a jean jacket or blazer will dress it up without over-doing it. The best places to find plus size maxi dresses are Lane Bryant, Forever21, JcPenny, and Macy’s.
You can also buy formal maxi dresses which are made of soft fabrics, such as silk or chiffon. They also have dressier pleats and hemlines. Solid colors are a lot easier to wear to more places. However, if you want to dress-up one dress for a fancy occasion, adding pumps, gorgeous jewelry, and a cute clutch always make the look more elegant.