Maxi dresses have long been on the fashion circuit as an elegant option for daywear or night. Creating the illusion of length, they are great for elongating your frame. But proceed with caution, not all maxis are created equal. Specific cuts are better suited to certain body types. Voluminous, over flowing maxis work best on the tall and lean. If your stature is on the shorter side, opt for maxis that skim the body. Avoid maxis with an overabundance of fabric as it can overwhelm your shape, making you look shorter in the process. For larger women, opt for wider straps and a v-shaped décolletage. Darker fabrics or neutral block colours will also help in creating a vertical line.
Writer and photographer, Anne Hasegawa, the all-round creative behind the website saint JAMES, works her Lui Hon maxi dress with ease. The choice of burgundy booties are a welcome change to the all too common wedge sandal pairing, a combination that has been done to death in my opinion. The knot, nonchalantly tied on the side of her hemline is a cool and practical way of managing excess fabric. The maxi is the one dress that can make a bigger statement from the back than from the front. Check out the versatile options in the link below.
Get this look:
a. Beaded Back Maxi Dress, $138.57, Religion, asos.com
b. Constance Keyhole Strappy Maxi Dress, $60, boohoo.com
c. Glamourara Maxi Dress, $96, Minkpink, revolveclothing.com
d. Knife Pleat Maxi Dress, $215.60, BCBGeneration, bloomingdales.com
e. Keyhole Black Maxi Beach Dress, $35.63, asos.com
f. Wool Maxi Dress, $487.94, Maison Martin Margiela, saksfifthavenue.com
Note: Prices correct at time of posting