Five ways to wear your maxi dresses

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April 4, 2013 by ginafashionistar


For a long time, mini-skirts have been the garment most women reach for when they want to look super sexy – whether it’s on a night out or just for a special occasion. But sexy doesn’t have to mean short and you can get a gorgeous look by swapping your thigh-skimmers for floor sweepers when it comes to dresses.

Not convinced? Well, here are five ways to style your maxi dresses at to ensure they look fun and flirty, rather than dull and frumpy, whatever the occasion.

  1. The night out maxi

Gone are the days when you’d have to wear something short and slinky if you were heading for cocktails or out for a dance. Now, dressing up for a night out is all about showing off your impeccable style – and a slinky maxi dress can be the way to do that. Make sure you go for darker colours to keep the outfit looking sophisticated, while a slit up the side will add a sexy touch. Pile on some fierce gold jewellery and a leather jacket to complete the look.

  1. The holiday maxi

If you’re heading for some fun in the sun, a maxi dress is an essential. Warm colours, floaty fabrics, soft lines and pretty prints are what you’re looking for here. When it comes to choosing a pattern and the shape of your maxi dress, consider your shape to ensure you don’t swamp your figure.

Swapping your gladiator sandals for wedges and some beaded or wooden jewellery will instantly take this look from beach to bar.

  1. The wedding maxi

Maxi dresses are really easy to look glamorous, but it doesn’t mean you have to be heading down the red carpet to wear them. Maxi dresses are great for weddings and Olivia Palermo is one celebrity who really knows how to wear them. A subtle, neutral colour will work well for all times of year and will ensure you’re not upstaging the bride – avoid anything with a print that’s too loud or fussy. Heels, a statement necklace and a stand-out clutch will complete this look. If it’s chilly, throw a faux fur stole over the top.

  1. The summer shopping maxi

If you’re going shopping, you need to strike the perfect balance between comfort and style. High heels are a definite no-no, but maxi dresses are the ultimate in comfy, relaxed attire. Maxi dresses can look just as good with trainers as they do a pair of heels, but make sure you go for a plain dress in a stretchy, sporty fabric rather than anything too pretty and girly.

  1. The ‘it’s still quite cold’ maxi

Maxi dresses aren’t just for winter and there are lots of designs that will see you through the winter months as well if you know how to style them correctly. For a start, you need neutral colours like black, grey marl, olive green and navy blue. Long sleeves are also essential. To keep cosy, a faux fur gilet is the must-have fashion accessory of the season. If your maxi dress is fitted then wear the gilet loose, or add a slim waist belt to show off your figure.

Add height with a pair of this season’s heeled ankle boots, while you could offset a plain maxi with a flash of leopard print.

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