The Maxi Dress

The Maxi Dress

It’s the first warm day of spring.  You throw on that maxi dress that you’ve been keeping for this exact moment since last fall (75% off end-of-season sale get at me).  You got to meet your friends and naturally, they’re all also have on their saved since September maxi dresses.  Awkward.  It’s probably because maxis are so easy to wear, you don’t have to worry about them blowing up in the wind or when you walk over a subway vent, and they’ll never be too short for work.  The downside is, if you’re under 5’7”, you’ll most likely have to pay for additional tailoring and once it fits there’s still maybe a 73% chance that you’ll trip if you have to walk down any stairs.  But whatever, it’s ok.  In the words of Simba, “I laugh in the face of danger.”

There is one major thing that you need to be aware of with maxi dress.  It is absolutely, positively, not the same as a gown.  The two are in no way, shape, or form interchangeable.  AKA don’t waltz into Bergdorfs and buy a Zac Posen gown thinking, Dude I love this but when will I ever wear it? Eh it’s cool, maxis are in I’ll just wear it to lunch tomorrow.  That doesn’t play.  Sorry, you will look ridiculous.  Over and out.

Maxi dos and don’ts:

  • Tone down the accessories if you’re wearing a more formal fabric during the day.
  • It’s fun to layer when you wear maxis but careful with how the layers fall.  Proportion is key.
  • Maxis have a lot of material, be careful with patterns.  You don’t want to look like your wearing your grandmother’s curtains.
  • If you must wear heels, wear wedges.  Anything else will make it look too fancy.
  • No poof.  Then it’s a gown.  Or a prom dress.

Maxi Musts:


Uma Double-V Maxi Dress by Gypsy05

Available online from Gypsy05


Pink Bow Marilyn Dress by Wildfox

Available online from Shopbop

Alice + Olivia

Maisie Tie Dye Maxi by Alice + Olivia

Available online from Bloomingdales


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