How to wear & style a maxi dresses
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A long, floating skirt, flowing cuts, and lots of romantic: In our imagination, maxi dresses often look like a dream came true. Reality might be different, though: The long skirt makes one look short, and it is super hard to find matching accessories as well as shoes. So in this style guide, I’m going to tell you which maxi dresses matches your body type, explain how to wear and style it, and show you matching accessories.
What is a Maxi Dress?
A maxi dress is a floor-length gown available in a lot of different shapes. Especially the tops come in many different forms: wide, a corsage, similar to a blouse, with thin straps, strapless, with sleeves, and so on.
A maxi dress looks very feminine and never shows too much leg. Long evening gowns are maxi dresses as well, by the way. However, we usually have a long boho daytime dress in mind when talking about maxi dresses.
Maxi dresses have one big advantage: You can bend down, sit down, twirl around and no one will see your underwear. 🙂
From long to short and long again: A little Story about Skirt-lengths
For a very long time, women usually only wore long dresses in our western world. Showing leg was not fashionable and a taboo. In the 1920s, though, skirts became finally shorter and usually ended between the knee and ankle (showing knees, by the way, was still not common). In the 1930s, evening gowns became long again, daytime wear, though, usually still had midi-length skirts. The fashion of the early 1940s was mainly practical, due to the war, and skirts were usually knee-long. In 1947, Christian Dior showed his New Look and the whole fashion world changed. Dresses and cuts became very feminine, and longer skirts more fashionable again. Still, though, the daytime skirts had about midi-length and not floor-lengths.
In the 1960s, fashion completely changed again and the mini skirt got fashionable. At the end of the decade, though, with the flower power movement, maxi dresses came back into daytime fashion.
While in the 1970s, designers experimented with a lot of synthetic fibres, there was another movement: The hippies culture. Their attitude mainly was anti-fashion and back to nature. And we all know the pictures of hippies wearing long floating dresses made of natural fabrics.
Nowadays, maxi dresses are still fashionable, so it’s time to have a look at the styling.
This Maxi Dress suits your Body Type
I absolutely support the thought that everyone should exactly wear what he or she wants. Though, there are cuts that maybe suit one body type better than another. So here is a short guide for you.
The round / curvy Body Type
The round bodytype has a curvy upper body with slim legs and arms. In this case, it definitely makes sense to enhance your gorgeous legs and sexy décolleté.
What to take into consideration when choosing a maxi dress: Too much fabric might appear bulky, while too tight cuts aren’t that flattering, so rather choose light materials and floating cuts with an enhanced waist. Wrap dresses, draperies, and waist-belts are perfect for you.
The Hourglass Silhouette
The hourglass body type has a curvy bust and curvy hips, while waist, legs, and arms are slim. If you are lucky enough to have this body shape, you really can’t do anything wrong, just make sure to enhance your curves.
What to take into consideration when choosing your maxi dress: An enhanced waist looks great on you! Your body type is perfect to experiment with different cuts and prints, so just try a bit to figure out what you like most.