A maxi dress is without a doubt one of our go-to styles, regardless of the season, current hottest trend or latest must have piece. They’re flattering, versatile and with an almost endless range of silhouettes, colour schemes and fabrics, there’s one out there to suit any occasion. However, when searching for the perfect maxi, there are a few things to consider that will guarantee you find the perfect piece to stay in your wardrobe season after season and make you look and feel beautiful.
To help you find your fit, we’ve put together some key things to avoid along with some stunning pieces to get you feeling inspired.
Knowing your body type and finding a style to compliment and accentuate it is the key to choosing the perfect maxi dress. Tie up shoulders and wrap necklines balance figures with larger busts or broad shoulders, whilst spaghetti straps and strapless styles look great on those with petite frames and smaller busts. Dresses that feature an elasticated or tie waist generally flatter all body types and create the illusion of an hourglass figure. To elongate your legs, choose a dress with a thigh high split.
The wrap bodice of the Dara Dress flatters fuller busts and broad shoulders, whilst cinching your waist. Strapless styles such as the Belle Dress compliment petite frames. Images: Alamour the Label.
When chosen correctly, the sweeping length and flowing silhouette of a maxi dress can elongate your figure, however if the hem is slightly too short or too long it may have the opposite effect. Choose a dress that sits just below your ankle if you’re planning to pair it with flat shoes, or slightly longer if you’ll be stepping out in a pair of heels. This length helps to lengthen your legs and makes for a seamless silhouette from top to bottom.
The Leonie Dress (pictured left) finishes just above the floor when paired with heels, creating an elongated silhouette. The Marta Dress (right) finishes mid way between the ankle and the floor, allowing the skirt to flow and stunning split to be shown.
Knowing the shades that best suit your complexion, hair colour and features can be tricky and takes trial and error to work out. Since a maxi dress is one of the more modest styles, choosing the right colour or print is key to avoid looking washed out or overpowered by the dress. For complexions with cool undertones, look for dresses in shades of grey, blue, lavender and rose. Alternatively if your complexion is warmer opt for a colour palette that incorporates green, coral pink or neutral shades including cream and honey.
The blue and white print of the Cassie Dress brings out lighter features and cool toned complexions. For warmer and olive skin tones, choose brighter colours such as the beautiful orange Galina Dress.
When it comes to styling a maxi dress, less is more. Whether it’s a monochrome or printed piece, let the dress be the feature and compliment it with chic, minimalistic accessories. A simple, short necklace or classic hoop earrings give a finished look without it becoming too busy. Complete your outfit with a pair of neutral heels or leather sandals and a coordinating cross body bag for an effortless yet stylish look for any occasion.
The maxi dress is a must have in every wardrobe and with our top tips, you’ll easily find your dream fit to compliment your figure, skin tone and personal style, perfect for any occasion.