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Let’s start with the very basics, because let’s face it – fashion terminology can get quite complicated! You might have heard several reasons for the maxi dress being the stalwart of plus-sized styling, but what makes a maxi dress, a maxi dress? The simple explanation is this: if a mini dress is really short, a maxi dress is really long! Typically, maxis go all the way down to the floor, and should lightly touch your feet when you’re standing up straight.
The maxi dresses of the new season are available in many designs and styles to ensure that you get the best visual result for your body shape, how tall you are, and what you’re wearing it for. Short-sleeved and long-sleeved maxi dresses both have an excellent capacity for translating from day wear to evening wear, and I’m going to explain to you how to do it!
Let’s start with the neckline. These range from high-neck to halter neck to the deep scoop of a V-neck and everything inbetween. If you’re rocking your maxi on a sunny day, you might want to choose a strappy number, or if the season is starting to turn, a long-sleeved maxi could be just the solution.
Your physical build plays a big part in choosing the right print design for you. If you have a voluptuous, larger figure, large prints are extremely flattering, whereas slight and petite builds benefit from miniature prints. However, if you opt for solid colours, you exponentially open your options for mixing and matching – besides, a solid colour is always classic, and it’s hard to go wrong with that!
If you have a waist, you can easily emphasise it by wrapping a belt around it. But combining a belt and a maxi dress will not only highlight your waist by cinching you in at your smallest point, but can also make you appear taller by lengthening the area between the focus point and the floor. Belts aren’t for everyone, but I’ve got you! Shift the focus to your legs by pulling focus in a slit dress, and benefit from the added bonus of a slit dress drawing attention to your waist, too!
The only actual rule is to have fun. Of course your accessories should match the occasion you are dressing for, but it should also match your personal taste. Keeping it simple will prevent you from going overboard, and sticking to gold and silver accessories keep it classic, resulting in a more sophisticated appearance. Of course, if funky is more your vibe, nothing stops you from adding a pop of colour to your maxi outfit!
Despite the association with summer and warmer weather, making it a part of your layers takes your multi-purpose maxi dress from spring and summer all the way through to the autumn and winter months, and style-wise, the sky is the limit, as long as you stay warm! Even your shoes are covered in winter – a pair of boots is a simple solution to keeping warm in your maxi dress during the winter months.