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Style Staple: How to Wear Maxi Dresses

Woman in black eyelit maxi dress with overlay blouse

In the last couple of years, maxi dresses have become staple items in any woman’s closet. The truth is that they look great on every body type and can be worn throughout all the seasons. And yet some ladies still struggle fitting a maxi dress into their everyday wardrobe. If you’re someone who is trying to figure out how to wear a maxi dress, have no fear; we’re here to break it down for you.

Amita Eyelet Dress
Amita Eyelet Dress

Why a maxi dress?

There are plenty of reasons you should own at least one maxi dress. The hemlines are flattering on every shape because they graze over the body to highlight natural curves. However, various body types should look for different characteristics in their maxi dresses. It’s all about choosing the right style for your figure. To make things easier, here are some tips for wearing a maxi dress based on your body type:

  • Petite: If you have a small frame, you’re going to want a dress that is fit and snug so it doesn’t overwhelm you. For extra height, try adding some heels to elongate your figure.
  • Plus size: Depending on your body type, you’re going to want a plus size maxi dress that has some support – especially in the arms. Stray away from spaghetti straps because they can make you look top heavy and could be tough on your shoulders. In addition, if you have a curvier figure, you can add a belt to highlight the smallest part of your waist, giving you a flattering hourglass shape.
  • Straight: If you are naturally thin, look for a dress with a v-neck cut or a print. It will add texture to your lean figure.Tigress Lily Dress

Finding the right kind

When it comes to maxi dresses, it’s all about finding one that fits your personality, and that means keeping colors and prints in mind. Because some women struggle with venturing into this article of clothing, finding a shade that you’re comfortable in will help you shine through and wear the dress confidently. Is red your color? Choose a deep burgundy dress so you feel like yourself. On the other hand, a cheetah print might be more up your alley.

Add a spin

Maxi dresses are all about showcasing your personal style – whatever that means to you. Use some of your favorite items in your closet, like a leather jacket or bold necklace, to make maxi dresses more “you.” That way, even if you’re new to this style, you’ll still be true to yourself.

California Dreamin' Dress

Choose the right undergarments

Because maxi dresses generally hug the body, you’re going to want to make sure you’re wearing the right items underneath, too. The last thing you want is your bra or underwear showing through. A bra with adjustable straps can be helpful to fit all your different maxi dress styles including strapless or racer-back. In a similar vein, sporting body shapewear underneath your dress can be helpful, especially if the fabric is jersey-like.

4 thoughts on “Style Staple: How to Wear Maxi Dresses

  1. Bravo!! Thank you for this very useful information! It is so very useful’

  2. What type of dress would you recommend if you have heavy arms and a belly?

    1. Hi Denise,
      It sounds like you’re describing an “apple” body type. We’d recommend an A-line style shift or sheath dress style for that type of body. You don’t want to draw the eyes to your middle, and the fabric of these dresses will flow evenly down your sides. Here’s a link to browse our Sheath Dresses: http://www.monroeandmain.com/Clothing/Flattering-Styles/Sheath-Dresses/index.cat
      Hope this helps! Thanks for commenting 🙂

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