A maxi dress is a floor or ankle length informal dress. Maxi dresses are formfitting at the top and loose flowing at the bottom, cut to flow over the body. They are usually made out of cotton or polyester and come in a variety of necklines, colors and patterns.

What would summer be without the maxi dress? The flowy, floor-grazing appeal of a maxi dress is undeniable. So is their extreme comfort, wearable fit that looks good on everybody, and versatility. With the right maxi dress in your closet, you’ve got ago-to piece that you can easily dress up or down, for daytime style, casual weekends, wedding guest attire, beach vacation dressing, and special evenings out. 

Maxi dresses are typically form-fitting at the top and cut to flow loosely over the body at the bottom. Always in style, this wardrobe staple for women is available in so many fabrics, colors and patterns. These days, the key to wearing a maxi dress well is knowing how to style it to stand out. We’ve rounded up our favorite maxi dress outfits from street style, to show you how fashion girls are wearing this summer closet favorite now.

Length – Make sure it is not too short and cuts you off at the ankles this may make you look shorter than you are or that it shrunk in the wash.  It should not drag on the floor either, you should take the time to hem a dress that is too long.  Some brands carry petite length for those of us under 5’4;)

Small Breasts– You can get away with the strapless because well those little girls are safe and secure.  However by wearing one with straps it creates more definition around that area or if the straps are wide enough you can wear a bra to push those puppies up.  You may want to also consider a belt around the waist so it shows some curves.  You don’t want to look like you just threw on a sheet.

LargeBreasts / Plus Size – If you are lucky to be well endowed you should wear a maxi dress with straps.  A halter style or wider straps are best. Why?  Well, because if you do not have straps to hold those girls up it can be overwhelming for those around you because it looks like they may pop out at any moment.  Straps will also prevent any sagging.

Prints – Be careful some large prints look very cheap and a little tacky, make sure you have a BOLD print personality.  Choosing a solid color Maxi dress is sometimes makes more of a statement if you pair it with the right accessories. If you choose a printed maxi dress cinched at the waist is best or use a belt to break up the pattern.  I like the smaller floral patterns, they look boho- chic and romantic.

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