Fashion notes: Make your maxi a marvel
While the maxi dress movement picked up momentum a year or two ago, it has slowly retreated back into the dreary fashion graveyard, taking a back seat to more conspicuous trends such as dramatically ripped denims, matching print-on-print separates and leather jackets emblazoned with mottos and embroidery. But there’s no reason for the maxi dress to step out of the limelight completely – all it needs is a bit of rejuvenating. Plenty of current micro-trends can be incorporated into a maxi-dress ensemble.
Let’s start with the cold-shoulder trend – you can find maxi dresses that feature elasticised necklines that can be worn dropped off the shoulders. You may have luck finding a dreamy long-sleeved maxi with cut-outs at the shoulders, and perhaps a lace-up neckline. With dresses like these, it’s best to keep accessories minimal – a thin choker or delicate trio of layered chains are all you need.
Ruffles are another key style for the season. Follow in the steps of brands such as Lanvin, Gucci and Roberto Cavalli, and opt for soft, sheer ruffles for your summer dresses. Victorian-inspired high necklines and floral prints accompany ruffles quite nicely. Finish the look with a pair of statement ankle boots – in python, velvet or jacquard textures.
If the above are too frou-frou for you, try the shirtdress. In a maxi length, with slits on either side, the look flatters slim figures, while maintaining a vibe that’s tomboy and minimalist. It goes well with trainers or lace-up flats.
In dresses, midi-lengths are currently all the rage – and rightfully so. That sometimes-awkward length that lies somewhere between the calf and ankle, when done right, looks beautifully feminine. Still, there’s an air of romance and whimsy that only a floor-length can exude, so don’t give up on the maxi dress just yet.