Maxi dresses work for every shape

April 24th, 2008 by How to Look Good Team
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Maxi dress work for every body shapeHooray 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.

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Categories: Body Shapes · Forty plus · Fuller · Tall

Tags: Body Shape,Body Type,Maxi Dress 

10 responses so far

  • 1 sue major // May 19, 2008 at 10:45 am

    Hello my name is sue and i’m emailing you from Australia .I would just love to buy someof the things you have in your cataloge but it doesnt look like you send over seas is this right ?? could you please let me know as I really have fallen in love with a dress in the she mag ????? if you could let me know I would be very gratefull thanku from west australia perth . cheers sue

  • 2 Caryn Franklin // May 28, 2008 at 3:50 pm

    Hi Sue,

    I think you mean the Simply Be catalogue. In it I designed a printed maxi dress, that must have been featured in the magazine you talk about. Unfortunately I am told they do not deliver overseas as yet but I’ll work on them for you!

  • 3 Lesley Marais // Jul 9, 2008 at 2:36 pm

    Hi Caryn

    Your maxi dress feature in the simplybe catalogue, seems to be discontinued everywhere?
    Any idea where I can still buy a size 14
    It for my Grandaughters Christening, want to look special



  • 4 Caryn Franklin // Jul 10, 2008 at 2:11 pm

    Hi Lesley I’ll look into this one!

  • 5 Caryn Franklin // Jul 16, 2008 at 5:12 pm

    Hi Lesley,

    I’m really sorry to report that the dress has sold out.

  • 6 mandy // Jul 25, 2008 at 2:47 pm

    Im desperatelt trying to find a dress of yours in a size 18, its the one which was apparantly on this morning tv show ? it has a ruffle down the front (mainly black dress) with a flowery frill around the bottom. Ive found it on simply be website and various others,but all out of stock! I actually stopped a woman in the street to ask where she got it! Can you help pleaseeeeeeeeeee ?

  • 7 Caryn Franklin // Jul 25, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    Mandy I’m sorry lovely they have sold out. I’ve had other requests for this dress. I really wish I could help.

    I have done a great maxi dress for my autumn collection in coral and black. It’s on the site now so have a look. CarynX

  • 8 lynda lee // Aug 6, 2008 at 9:47 pm

    hi im a size 12/14 and i need a maxi dress to attened a wedding and it is in cyprus im not having much look they are either to young for me or to old im a young 38 please help

  • 9 Vicky // Aug 13, 2008 at 4:48 pm

    Hi Caryn,

    I wondered if you could help me? I’ve recently been to a wedding and i was wearing a knee length dress but it made me feel uncomfortable for the shape I am. And it also made me look frumpy and very uncomfortable in the wedding photo’s.
    I have another wedding coming up soon and I was just wondering if a maxi dress would help with the way i feel and look instead of shorter dresses. Also i want to cover up the tops of my arms.
    I have a curvy shape, i have a big bust and bit of a tummy (from having a child) and curvy hips.
    Any suggestions would be very much appreciated.
    Vicky x

  • 10 Rima // Oct 3, 2008 at 4:54 pm

    Thanks so much for the dress shopping advice! I might also add that, if you’re going to buy online, you should make sure to browse a large selection of vendors before you settle, since it’s not as hard as physically driving to different stores. Start somewhere like and you’ll find the dress in no time.

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