Hooray the maxi dress makes a welcome return this spring and summer as designers play with a variety of hem lengths. Less high- season and more high fashion, the new maxi lengths have more structure and sophistication but all the practicality. Longer lengths avoid the need for debates around suitable hem lengths and mean that you can go bare legged in the summer without the need for tights or leg tint.
The key of course to picking the dress for your shape, is to understand which features to look out for, so here is my quick guide for what to select.
At UK size 8-10, the maxi dress can be anything you want it to be. Your frame can take layers, so a longer length cardigan or a wrap over a shift style dress could be just right for these cooler climates. Or you could choose a statement dress with an elegant silhouette. Lots of floaty layers of chiffon with ruffles or frills will work wonderfully for warmer weather whilst giving your body volume and extra curves.
If you are a standard height UK size 12 or a taller 14 the fitted and structured ankle dress will be a statement piece and one that can take boots in the cold weather or a structured shoe. This style of dress has attitude and allows for a more strident display of your fashion credentials. Bold colour will further your cause.
As a curvy size UK 14, you can use this season’s monotone geometric design to give your dress a harder edged fashion currency. Uneven diagonal lines and pattern on your figure will always streamline your body. Look for a soft yielding fabric and make sure it is beautifully pulled in at the waist.
At UK 16 plus the maxi is a great item for your wardrobe. Long flowing gowns immediately add femininity. Look for definition and fit at the top of your body to show off your bust and let the lightweight, voluminous fabric flow around your tummy, hips and legs. Prioritise a dress with this season’s super sized floral print to balance your frame and you are a fashion goddess.