A maxi dress can be very flattering for anyone who is short and curvy. Because a maxi dress often has one continuous colour and an overall pattern, it can make your body look longer and give the illusion of height. Another plus is that it won’t go out of fashion and can be worn on numerous occasions.
Marie Claire advocates wearing a ruched maxi dress with bootees in its list of summer outfit ideas.
Here are five tips on wearing a maxi dress to best effect if you are short and curvy.
Choose a flattering shape
While it may seem tempting to opt for a loose fitting dress, shapeless clothes can make you look larger than you really are. Choose a style that accentuates your waist or add detail with an interesting neckline and let your maxi dress enhance your figure.
Opt for solid colours
Block colours are flattering and can help your body to appear longer. A simple, coloured maxi dress will work well if you are short and curvy. Choose a dress in a colour you love and it will take you from season to season effortlessly.
Avoid bold patterns
A large pattern on a maxi dress can overwhelm you if you are not careful. Because there is a relatively large expanse of fabric, if you want a pattern, it is best to choose something small and subtle. Maxi dresses in shimmery fabrics work well and not only for evening wear. You will find a large selection of dresses available online from companies such as AX Paris.
Wear the right length
Avoid letting your hemline dust the floor. The best length for a maxi dress is just to skim your ankles. This will make your legs look longer and more elegant than something that is obviously too long. If you can’t find a dress in the ideal length, it will usually be relatively simple to take it up and if you are not confident at sewing, there are plenty of professionals who will be willing to help out.
Add the right accessories
Make the dress the focus of your look and add subtle accessories to enhance the overall effect. A light jacket, statement necklace or stylish belt can make all the difference to your appearance and give you plenty of confidence.