Good Maxi Dresses Vs. Bad Maxi Dresses

3 June 2008

Maxi Dresses? Yes, they’re still in. Don’t be ridiculous, a trend doesn’t end that fast. Besides, it’s only June. July and August will also have weather to tempt you into one of these flowy dresses. And, if you’re into mix-and-match style, you’ll wear one in September with a big belt and a cardigan. Sienna Miller will probably wear that sort of outfit until January. Which will probably be old by then. But, let’s pace ourselves. This is now. Like I said, it’s only June.

I’m sort of appalled that I’ve seen so many unflattering maxi dresses, by reputable designers, no less. There is this one by Ella Moss that, with the dropped waist and color will really only achieve in making you look like a dour little banana. And, for the girl who wants to wear a muumuu (a real word, who knew?), or dress like Mary-Kate Olsen, there’s this ginormously* huge maxi dress by French Connection. Why would they do that? Seriously, tell me why anyone would go ‘hey, that’s attractive, we should sell this to everyone!’ Gross.

1. Yoana Baraschi Beaded Tribal Patio Dress at Neiman Marcus ($420.00). Tribal, yay!
2.Diane von Furstenberg Kiwana Twist Bust Maxi Dress at bloomingdale’s ($265.00).

3. Elie Tahari Kara Long Embroidered Dress at bloomingdale’s ($498.00).
4. INC International Concepts® Empire Tie-Dye Maxi Dress at Macy’s ($89.00).

Stylishly yours,

Jessica Rae
*Not a real word, I just love it.

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Posted by Mirela Gluck at 06:00 AM

2 thoughts on “Good Maxi Dresses Vs. Bad Maxi Dresses

  • June 3, 2008 at 10:39 am

    Jessica, I LOVE the bloomingdale’s dress. I want it. How would I wear it though? I am tempted since I’ve gained some pounds lately and it would be an elegant way to cover them. On the other hand I’ve read an article that long dresses are not recommended for tall women, and I am one. Any advice?

  • June 3, 2008 at 11:22 am

    Hi Mirela. I’m glad you’re on board with the maxi dress trend! There are two dresses from Bloomie’s featured here, so I’m not sure exactly which one you mean. But both are good choices for concealing a tummy. You’d want to stay away from the last dress because the bands won’t lengthen you. The first dress, or any other kind of dress with a large overall pattern will always (on anything – skirt, shirt, etc) help downplay a stomach.

    The key for a maxi dress for you will be to make sure it’s not too baggy, but having a little bit of give is perfect.

    Maxi dresses will work for a tall woman, they don’t have models wearing them down the runway for nothing. Trying on a dress is your best bet to make sure it hits somewhere you like, but the other important thing will be to wear flat sandals, like the popular gladiator style. If you look in the above pics once more you’ll see there is a difference in how these dresses look with heels or flats. Hope I helped!


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