16 June 2008

How To Wear: Maxi Dresses

I posted about Chic and bugdet friendly maxi dresses some days back and got an email asking me:

I love the maxi dress trend inspired by the SATC movie and other celebrities but am not sure if it will suit me. I saw one on Shopbop the other day and practically fell in love with it. I'm a bit short (5'3) and am also not sure if I should wear them with heels or flats. Any tips for accesorizing?

Here are basically a few guidelines to follow when wearing these long/maxi dresses:

  • If you’re short don’t get one that’s way too long, unless you plan to get it hemmed (or do it yourself). A super-long dress will make you look even shorter, and may even add the illusion of you carrying extra weight. Also, remember to look for a dress that’s fitted up top and doesn’t have an extremely voluminous skirt. Less fabric is a better choice for you.
  • Accessorize, but don't go overboard. Long dresses are very eye catching and it's obvious that it's going to be the main focus of your outfit. Accessorize to add instant chic-ness to the outfit, but you can keep it simple. A few bangles or a long necklace are perfect for adding character. Also, if a dress is too voluminous, you could add a cute belt at the waist.
  • Footwear. These dresses look best when worn with flat sandals: flip flops or gladiators. If you want a little extra height, wedges or gladiator heels also work well.
Hope this helps and feel free to email me with any other questions.

P.S.: Maxi dresses look amazing on you tall girls and you can pretty much get away with any style of maxi dress, so long as it isn’t too short!

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