The Case of the Maxi Dress

 

IMG_1803IMG_2464What’s flowy, long, looks feminine and classy on? One of my favorite wardrobe essentials, the maxi dress of course! There is nothing that I love more than a long maxi dress to turn up the glam during the summer, from wearing it to brunch with the ladies or on a hot dinner date – maxi dresses should be your go-to style this season. While you can typically find these dresses all year round (depending on your location) their popularity usually skyrockets during the spring and summer seasons, arriving on the sales floor in different fabrics, colors, patterns, and styles. The popularity of these dresses have increased over the years resulting in designers such as Diane Von Furstenberg, Carolina Herrera, Alice + Olive opting for different style options such as off the shoulder ( a huge trend this year), one shoulder, halter, strapless, spaghetti straps, slits, and more. What’s even better is that you can get this look without paying high-end designer prices from retailers such as Charlotte Russe, Forever 21, Fashion Nova (the one I’m pictured in), H&M, and Express. If you don’t have one of these fabulous dresses in your closet – you absolutely need to get one, if not a few – you’ll thank me later.IMG_4507The maxi dress is very simple, which is why it’s surprising that this style has only been around for 57 years (from a high fashion perspective). One of my favorite designers, Oscar De La Renta was the pioneer of the maxi dress; after his design was seen on Elizabeth Arden in 1968 in the New York Times – the rest is history. Soon designers such as YSL, Dior, and Halston hopped on board the maxi train and came out with different versions of the dress. The maxi disappeared for two decades due to miniskirts and other trends coming into play, but now they are back to stay and have become a wardrobe essential.hhhhtumblr_lqor1yYhde1qzdza2o1_500Fact: Maxi dresses from the 60s and 70s were meant for dressy occasions, therefore they were mostly made with lace and were ankle length. Now, they come in different fabrics and are available in longer lengths; practically sweeping the floor, which I so happen to love.il_340x270.1256460747_8l33The first rule for pulling this look off, get a maxi dress that will accentuate your curves. If this is deemed to be impossible, just do what I did and grab a belt. Evaluate where you’re going, if it’s for date night, find a dress with a little drama whether it’s a V-neck cut or a high side slit and ensure the pattern is appropriate – depending on the time of day. For instance, they have maxi dresses with candy patterns, perhaps save that for the daytime and choose another option for date night. If you want to look taller than you actually are. opt for a maxi with vertical stripes. Want to focus more on your small waist? A dress with horizontal stripes will do just the trick. The most important rule to pulling this look off is absolutely no flip –flops allowed. Wear a flat gladiator sandal if you must, but it’s best to up the ante and put on a pair of heels. Finally, add a little jewelry to turn up the glam.IMG_4512I’m loving this maxi dress from Fashion Nova! It’s absolutely beautiful and flows amazingly when I walk. Most importantly, it’s comfortable and I got it at an amazing price. Check out their maxi selections:

https://www.fashionnova.com/collections/maxi-dresses 

Maxi Dress: Fashion Nova

Shoes: DSW

 

 

 

 

 

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