The Maxi Dress

Everyone’s talking about the maxi dress, the hottest frock of the season. It’s the complete opposite of last year’s mini dress, and it’s proving to be the dress for all ages, shapes, and sizes. Indeed, anybody can wear maxi dresses; the trick is not to let this quintessential woman’s dress wear you.

The Maxi Dress for The Mini Woman
Maxi dresses look naturally great on stars like Angelina Jolie and Kate Moss with their willowy frames and legs as long as skyscrapers – that’s a given. The height-challenged, however, would have to give it a bit more thought. A dress such as the maxi with long, flowing lines have the tendency to easily swamp a smaller frame. It is, therefore, a must for a petite woman to pay close attention while shopping for a maxi dress.

The skirt is the biggest challenge for a woman with a smaller frame. Maxi dresses generally sport diaphanous skirts that could shelter a brood of children, usually in the flowing gypsy style. The voluminous style of the maxi, can however make your profile look wider and shorter. A close-fitting, well-cut skirt in a bias or A-line cut will keep this casual or formal dress proportionate to your small frame.

For the small frame, follow the principle of keeping the top part as close to the body as possible. A halter dress with a fitted top is usually a safe bet. The empire cut is another choice you can go for. This flatters most figures, so you can avoid being drowned by the dress. Maximize the maxi look with a cotton halter neck dress.

The whole idea of the maxi is to add height, not take it away, so it’s a good idea to accessorise this day or evening dress with chunky-heeled wedges and platforms, or strappy stilettos. Compliment the maxi dress with accessories like chunky jewelery, over sized sunglasses, and large bags. This allows you to maximize the look; although, do take care not to overdo it.

The Maxi Dress for The Maxi Lady
The great thing about the maxi dress is that it’s very kind to the average woman, including the well-endowed. Without much painstaking thought, even larger woman can look feminine. With a maxi dress, you can subtly disguise an ample derri? under gracefully flowing skirts. Accessorise with a thick banded belt too for that great effect.

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