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Contemporary maxi style dresses for summer

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The long and short of it: maxi dresses are still the height of fashion

Maxi style dresses, "maxi" meaning that they are long and the polar opposite of a "mini," are beautiful and stylish and constantly back in fashion.

Maxi dresses are popular in part because they are easy to wear. They can hide a wealth of information and forgive many figure flaws, such as saddlebags, a belly pouch and a large derriere.
These dresses skim the floor and are great when it is hot outside, unlike pants or shorts, which can be uncomfortable.

There is nothing more glamorous than wearing a chic, contemporary style maxi dress to summer activities. Maxi dresses are versatile and easy to wear. Maxi dresses, although floor length, are generally less dress than a "floor length gown" or formal dress. You can wear a maxi dress to a cook-out, a party on the beach or to a formal wedding.

Jazz up your contemporary maxi style summer dress with chunky jewelry. Let loose that exotic, gypsy woman lurking inside of you. Or, add sleek contemporary accessories to your maxi and go for an elegant, chic and streamlined look. Maxi dresses are flexible and easy to personalize with your own style for distinctive summer looks. This season, again, maxi dresses are on the fashion trend watch.

A maxi style dress puts the focus on your breasts, shoulders and back and conceals any parts that you not wish to put on display. Especially with a world-class body, a maxi dress is a great choice for summer wear.





Many maxi style dresses feature an empire waistline, which, again, flatters the upper body and detracts from the lower body. Silk material and cotton fabrics are excellent choices for maxi dresses. Jersey fabric is often used as well.

The maxi dress has been around for more than 40 years. One of its first appearances was in 1968, created by Oscar de la Renta. The Oscar de la Renta maxi dress was a cotton lace version. Halston, Dior, YSL, and Cardin soon followed suit, designed long, maxi-length dresses. Maxi length skirts and coats also became very popular in the late 1960s.

Some refer to the maxi style as being bohemian or "boho," associating them with the flower children and hippies of the 1960s, who gravitated to the maxi style.

If you are tall you can definitely pull off a maxi style dress. You will not need heels. You can wear flat sandals and look amazing.

Smaller, shorter women can also wear the maxi but should look for a maxi dress that is slimmer to avoid looking short and heavy. Purchase a maxi dress that has some definition either under the breast, such as an empire waist, or that features a belt at your regular waistline. Wear wedged sandals or a type of shoe that will give you some extra height.

If your maxi dress features bold patterns and designs remember that this will emphasize your body so wear the pattern over the area of your body, such as your breasts, that you want to show off. If you have big hips and the bold pattern is located over your bottom, you are not going to be pleased with the results.

Avoid horizontal stripes and large patterns if you are a big woman. The ideal maxi dresses with have a bias-cut or A-line. If the maxi dress has a V-neck, this will elongate your neck, which is always flattering.
Consider buying a maxi dress that is a solid color, which will eliminate any chance that the wrong part of you body will appear bigger due to an unflattering pattern.

A maxi dress is a key component in a wardrobe of contemporary women's clothing. Maxi dresses are versatile and stylish, and always contemporary. Maxi dresses are great summer wear for pregnant women.

References:
Mini History of the Maxi Dress
Fashion Apparel: the Maxi Dress


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