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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 19 July 2018

Fashion notes: Make your maxi a marvel

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.
There are plenty of current micro-trends can be incorporated into a maxi-dress ensemble. Fernando Leon / Getty Images
There are plenty of current micro-trends can be incorporated into a maxi-dress ensemble. Fernando Leon / Getty Images

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.

hlodi@thenational.ae