How to Rock a Maxi Dress this Summer

I am into maxi dresses! They look adorable on my little girls and they are super easy to make. But since I’m short—ahem, petite—I had always stayed away from this trend.

You don’t have to let your body type hold you back from any trend as long as you know how to rock it. With an eye to proportion and print, you can pick a maxi dress that is right for you.

If you’re tall: Wear whatever you want! Your body was made for this trend. And also, we hate you.

Maxi Dress - Anthropologie

Sunset Garden Maxi Dress, Anthropologie

 

If you’re short: Solids are the best bet for petite ladies. Avoid styles that chop your body up into sections, such as an empire waist or blousy top. The bottom of the skirt should graze your toes for maximum effect.

Split Strap Maxi Dress, American Eagle Outfitters

Split Strap Maxi Dress, American Eagle Outfitters

If you’re curvy: Go for an empire silhouette or a sleeved maxi in a solid or a bold print that’s not too busy. Choose light fabrics that flow, and a flared or A-line skirt.

Faded Ikat Maxi Dress, Athleta

Faded Ikat Maxi Dress, Athleta

If you’re athletic: Choose a maxi with a drawstring or add a belt and cardi to accentuate the waist. A halter or sweetheart neckline will give you the appearance of some curves. You can also pick prints that give the illusion of curves with the cut and placement of the fabric.

O'Neill Mavericks Maxi Dress, Dillards

O’Neill Mavericks Maxi Dress, Dillards

 

 

If you’re feeling too bare, accessorize with a tank underneath. Boyshorts work great under a maxi to keep the flowy fabric from bunching in the back. You can even add a denim vest, jacket or ¾ sleeve cardi for chilly nights. Remember, a maxi dress gives you a lot of fabric to work with, so the bolder the print or color, the bolder the statement.

Choose strappy or low-heeled platform sandals in an earth tone and you’re ready to go!

Erin Hayes Burt

Erin Hayes Burt

Erin Burt is a freelance writer and mom of three girls. She enjoys yoga and reading non chick-lit fiction when she's not translating the ramblings of toddlers or training for her next half marathon.
Erin Hayes Burt

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Erin Burt is a freelance writer and mom of three girls. She enjoys yoga and reading non chick-lit fiction when she's not translating the ramblings of toddlers or training for her next half marathon.


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