As a girl of a mere 5 feet tall, when maxi dresses first became popular I felt like they were forbidden fruit. However, I grew accustomed to letting the bottom of my dress drag on the ground because I can’t help but to indulge in this trend (wearing heels helps, too). Maxi dresses are one of my favorite pieces to wear in the summertime because they keep you cool, you don’t have to worry about them blowing up in the wind and exposing you to everyone around like you do when you wear a mini dress, and you have the potential to make a statement with a brave pattern and/or color.
That’s exactly what this Fashionista was doing when I ran into her outside the Student Union on campus. Her maxi dress stood out to me with its bright pink and dark purple printed lace tie-dye pattern. The spaghetti straps are a great wear for a sunny day to avoid obnoxious tan lines, and the empire waist with a surplice neckline is always a great way to shape your body. Mostly, I just love maxi dresses because they are one-step outfit; there’s nothing worse for me than fiddling with something tight, with a highwaist, belted or bunching during a heat wave.
There are so many options for maxi dresses, and you can probably find them in your favorite store. For a splurge, I love the Dawn Dress and the Marlisa Dress by Lilly Pulitzer. They are both on the expensive side, but they’re very classy and come in great colors and shapes for summer. The Semi-Sheer Maxi Tube Dress from Forever 21 is a more practical purchase (I just bought one a few weeks ago and love it) and the Side Slit Blouson Dress is its bright blue counterpart. Topshop has great maxis too, my favorite being the Bright Blossom Dip Hem Dress. It has a great floral pattern that isn’t too overwhelming and a mullet skirt hemline which I absolutely love. Mullet skirts are another great trend this summer, a fun combination of a mini and maxi style hemline.
Coloring is a huge component of matching when it comes to wearing maxi dresses because there is so much of it on you at once, thus choosing accessories is tricky. I liked how this Fashionista paired a floral, cool-colored Kindle case (at first I thought it was a clutch) with her warm dress because it made them both stand out tremendously. If you have a Kindle, Cole Haan has a bunch of high quality cases. If you have another type of electronic reading device, Vera Bradley has come really great girly options, too. As far as regular purses go, the Rose Beaded Clutch from Topshop is a pretty way to compliment your maxi dress and carry your things this summer.