Ahh, summer, a time when hemlines usually shoot up, but summer’s also a good time to relax, and there’s no better dress to relax in than a maxi dress. These billowy, light, and breezy gowns look great on all body types, and they’re comfy when it’s hot and humid. Maxi dresses are a favorite among celebrities, probably because they’re easy to wear and look effortlessly glamorous with all that fabric flow.
Super-petite stars like Nicole Ritchie and amazons like Angelina Jolie sport these dresses and look equally amazing. And even if you’re not perfectly built, like most of us, the maxi is a good option because you can hide some of your flaws. Unlike the form-fitting sheath or tube dresses where everything is visible, a maxi glides over your body and helps you keep up the mystery, and that can be very sexy.
Maxi dresses are ankle-length and longer. They’re fitted at the bust and quickly cascade out and down. Some drape down the body in layers, and others simply slide down in one layer. It’s common for these gowns to be a little extra-long, dragging on the floor, so you want to be careful while you’re walking!
Popular necklines for maxi dresses are strapless and spaghetti halter, but they come in many different styles. Fabric choices are also equally versatile: chiffon, jersey, charmeuse, cotton, etc. Where you want to wear your maxi gown helps decide which fabric is best. Jersey and cotton maxis are great daywear options. Chiffon looks great during the day and evening, and you’ll probably want to save the charmeuse for night-time outings—all that shimmer and shine is made for the big lights!
Bold colors and prints are typical of the maxi dress, and with floral prints trending this 2010 season, you’ll see a lot of maxis with all sizes, shapes, and types of flowers. This Faviania maxi dress is a haute pick for this summer! The bold abstract print is vibrant in red and pink, and the splashes of yellow and brown are a perfect compliment. The strapless neckline is draped and tucked at the center chest, and with two bra-back support straps, this dress gets extra chic and fun at the back panel, too.