Maxi dresses are a summer staple. They are comfy, yet chic. Simple, yet sassy. Versatile, yet classic. They’re easy to add layers over as well as hide layers under, making them the perfect transitional pieces in between seasons. Believe it or not, maxi dresses look amazing on plus sized women and are actually highly recommended. These basic styling tips will help make maxi dresses look extra fabulous on your curves.
1. Add a Belt or Tie to Define your Curves
Defining your waist is extremely important when wearing maxi dresses that have a lot of volume and a lot of fabric. Drawing attention to the smallest part of your figure by adding a belt or a sash to tie at the waist will make you look slimmer and help define your proportions. You always want to be able to clearly see your top, waist, and bottom or you will look unbalanced.
2. Accessorize your Maxi with a Scarf
If your maxi dress is more on the basic side meaning it’s a solid color and there’s nothing extra being added to make the dress special then you can easily add trend by accessorizing with jewelry. Instead of going directly for a statement necklace, switch it up and add a scarf. Scarves come in many different colors and styles so the options are endless and you can really have a lot of fun picking which scarf works for the dress or even your mood.
3. Pair with Structured Pieces to make it Office Appropriate
A maxi dress is a great wardrobe staple piece because of its versatility. Contrary to popular belief, maxi dresses can be worn to work if paired with structured pieces such as a blazer. The dress itself should not be a simple basic maxi since it does need to be work appropriate so have fun with prints, colors, neck and hemlines, ruffles or pleats…etc. the list is endless!
4. Transition your Maxi from Day to Night with a Moto Jacket
You can easily take your day time look into night with some simple adjustments. Say you’ve been in the office working all day and you have a date or have been invited to happy hour. All you have to do is remove the blazer, put on the moto jacket, throw on some red lipstick, and your look went from professional office chic to edgy night time glam. You want to get longevity out of your maxi dresses so play around and mix and match items that are already in your wardrobe. You may just surprise yourself one day and come up with your new favorite outfit.
5. Go Low-Key with your Shoes
Maxi dresses are are widely known to be effortlessly chic. Meaning you can literally just throw it on and look great walking out the door with very little effort. Since you’re aiming for a relaxed effect, go low-key with you shoes. Flip-flops, flat sandals, and low-heeled platforms are best to achieve an overall comfortable look. Earth-toned or neutral color shoes reinforce the polished but effortless vibe.