How Do I… Wear a Maxi Dress?

The Fabulous Maxi Dress

It’s summertime, and the living is easy. Maxi dresses epitomize the ease and relaxation of a summer vacation, yet they can also be dressed up for work or even for a dressy evening occasion. And contrary to popular belief, women of every age and body type can look wonderful in a maxi dress if they follow some simple guidelines:

  • Find the right print for your body. If you’re fuller-figured, opt for a larger print or solid color. If you’re petite with a boyish figure, you can try horizontal stripes or a small-scale print. If you’re short or fuller-figured, choose a vertical stripe to slim and elongate your shape.
  • Find the right strap for your body. If you have a larger chest, choose a wide strap to cover bra straps. If you have a smaller chest, a halter is a good choice. If you have broad shoulders, however, a halter can emphasize that broadness.
  • Find the right shape for your body. The danger with maxi dresses, especially for women under 5’4”, is looking like you’re wearing a tent. Petite women should make sure to choose a dress that fits snugly, especially in the line below the chest. Curvy women can accentuate those curves with an empire waistline or any shape that emphasizes the waist.

Here are three looks for maxi dresses this summer:

Look One: Beach Casual

Vacations at the beach present a perfect time for a casual maxi dress. Pair one with simple flat sandals, a woven bag, and a lightweight hat to keep off the sun. Don’t forget sunblock for your shoulders and chest!

Look Two: Office Chic

Work wear doesn’t need to be stodgy. Try pairing your maxi dress with heels, a belt, and a casual blazer or pretty cardigan; you’ll need the extra layer for the office air conditioning!

Look Three: Evening Out

The right maxi dress can transition to evening wear with the right accessories. Stay away from bright and beachy prints, and choose more sophisticated solids or grown-up prints. Pair the dress with dressy heels (try silver!), an evening bag, and glamorous hair and makeup. You’re ready for a night on the town!

 

 

Easter Dresses Aren’t Just for Little Girls

There’s nothing sweeter than seeing little girls dressed up in their fancy Easter dresses and hats. But who says the tradition of a new Easter dress has to be reserved for kids?  There’s no better way to kick off spring than with a colorful new dress in the bright colors Easter dresses for women 2015of the season.

How can you make this tradition more grown up and current?

Choose a dress that says spring. Think bright floral prints, pastels, pinks, yellows, greens, whites, and lavenders. Obvious choices for Easter would be a pretty sundress, but if the weather isn’t quite warm enough to go sleeveless, you can throw on a pretty cardigan or wrap, or splurge and invest in a spring coat. Spring coats can be found in lighter canvas or cotton fabrics in bright colors like hot pink, yellow, mint green or even in a pretty floral print.

Good choices for styles for Easter dresses include knee-length, A-line sleeveless dresses or classic sheath dresses. Maxi-dresses are still hot this season, but for the holiday, choose one in a lighter spring color or pattern. If you want to show off your figure, fitted dresses are also trendy right now.

Easter dresses embrace femininity with girly, floral prints or bright solids in lace, cotton, or silk. Ruffle and lace accents are current right now. Or if you prefer more classic designs, there are a plethora of structured dresses available for spring in solids like navy blue or black with white piping. Sleeveless styles work best for Easter, but if you prefer a sleeve, be careful when choosing a short sleeve dress as cap sleeves or sleeves that hit too high on the arm can be unflattering to even the slimmest arms.

Dresses not for you? You can still put together a pretty Easter outfit with a pair of wide-leg pants in linen, silk, or rayon paired with a bright top or sweater.

Easter also marks the day that most ladies break out their sandals after months of being in storage for winter. Wedges and gladiator-style sandals are still popular choices this season, but you can never go wrong with a flat sandal embellished with gold or silver accents.

If you are longing for that “Easter bonnet” you used to receive every year as a child, be bold and wear a hat with your Easter dress. Available in a variety of styles and colors that range from subtle pastels to bright, vibrant tones, Easter hats for women are an elegant and sophisticated way to complete any fashion ensemble. Choose a wide-brimmed hat and tie a pretty scarf around it to finish off the look.

Embrace your inner child and get decked out this Easter. Happy spring!