Fashion & Beauty

Fashion Friday: The Maxi Dress

The Maxi Dress, a staple for the summer wardrobe with its cool and free-flowing billowing shape, long, full-tiered skirt, and ankle-grazing length, is probably one of the more under-appreciated and under-valued members of the season’s essentials. It has certainly had its day of being chucked to the back of the closet and deemed old-fashioned and unfashionable. We of course are thinking of the period where the mini-skirt and the uber high hem lines ruled the summer days and nights. Thankfully, those days are over (we hope) and the dress that offers comfort, freedom, and length is en vogue.

Now, the Maxi dress is the new black. It has moved up the fashion totem poll.  It is no longer relegated to vacation wear or casual lounge wear or lazy days around the house wear (although, that’s perfectly fine to do). Collections from today’s designers are offering the maxi in contemporary styles and shapes,  neutral and eclectic color palettes, and the flexibility to transform the dress from causal to elegant and from work to play with the simple touch of accessories and jewelry. Add a pair of Italian leather sandals, or funky espadrilles, or some heels to create an effect of the sophisticated casual. Throw a light scarf or shawl over your shoulder and you are set for the garden party, the summer evening soirée, or the office reception. Here are some of the favorite trends spicing up the maxi dress.

Add a Belt: A perfect example is from the just released email campaign from Ann Taylor (see below) for their Maxi Dress Collection. Look how they’ve reinvented a simple striped halter version of the maxi by adding a complementary white belt at the waist. This is your mother’s maxi dress—upgraded!

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Choose the Color-Blocking Look: This floor-length hemline beauty from BCBG is all about movement. Its dynamic color-blocking and exquisite presentation makes it a sophisticated maxi.

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Embellish a Little: In this lightweight dress by ASOS, it’s the embellished detailing on the shoulders that steals the attention. Look for a maxi dress with one attention-stealing detail.

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  • Leslie in Oregon June 26, 2015 at 6:33 pm

    Thank you for featuring maxidresses. I live in them and appreciate the variety in styles that are becoming more available.