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How to Style Maxi Dresses for Summer

Maxi dresses have been a staple in women's wardrobes for years, and for good reason. They're comfortable, versatile, and can be dressed up or down for any occasion. However, wearing a maxi dress can seem daunting for some, especially if you're not sure how to style it or are so they say "vertically challenged". In this blog post, we'll discuss some tips and tricks for how to find the perfect maxi dress for you, and how you can style it to look chic this spring and summer!

  1. Choose the right length: Maxi dresses come in different lengths, and it's important to choose one that flatters your body shape. If you're petite, opt for a shorter maxi dress that hits just above the ankles. This will cut you just right so you don't look like you're being swallowed up by all the fabric. Sometimes a midi dress can even be the perfect "maxi" length if you're short enough. For instance, the Marie Floral Dress is the perfect example. It can hit at the ankle or mid calf depending on your height.  If you're tall, you can get away with a longer dress that skims the floor. You can always put on a heel if you need a little lift with a longer dress. If you're tall, a maxi that will be the perfect option to dress up or down is the Sweet One Maxi.

  2. Pick the right fabric: The fabric of your maxi dress can also make a big difference in how it looks and feels. If you're wearing a maxi dress during the day, choose a lightweight and breathable fabric like cotton or linen. This will keep you cool and comfortable all day long. A few everyday options include: The Drop Seam Maxi- for those days you want to be bold and bright and The Lovewell Slub Maxi Dress- a light cotton that you can throw on with a sneaker, sandal or a block heel depending on the occasion.   For a more formal occasion, opt for a dress made of silk or chiffon.  If you're looking for a more formal maxi dress, the Get Glowing Maxi is STUNNING. You'll be event ready for sure!

  3. Choose the right shoes: The shoes you wear with your maxi dress can completely change the look of your outfit. For a casual daytime look, pair your dress with flat sandals or a fun sneaker. For a more formal look, choose high heels or wedge style shoe. Be sure to choose shoes that complement the length of your dress. For a full length dress, issue with a little bit of a heel is going to be your best option. Otherwise, it can make the dress drag and look like there is too much fabric on bottom. Stick to something that’s flat like a Sandollar sneaker when the dress hits at or slightly above your ankle.

  4. Accessorize: Maxi dresses are versatile, and you can dress them up or down depending on your accessories. Add a belt to cinch your waist for dresses that have no shape. Depending on the neckline of the maxi dress, if it’s a V-neck, we recommend styling a plunging or layered necklace. But if it’s more of a scoopneck, stick to something that’s dainty and hits right at your collarbone.

  5. Consider layering: Maxi dresses can be worn year-round with the right layering.  A denim jacket can add some edge to a flowy dress, while a blazer can make it look more professional. Don't be afraid to experiment with different accessories to find your perfect look. In the winter, add a cozy cardigan or sweater and pair with ankle boots. In the summer, add a denim jacket if you're going out for a cooler evening. 

Maxi dresses are a versatile wardrobe staple that can be worn in many different ways. By following these tips, you can find your perfect maxi dress outfit for your height and shape and look effortlessly chic. Don't be afraid to experiment with different styles. Happy styling!

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