We say we love all dress styles equally – from a show-stopping mini that’s destined for the dancefloor or a slinky, satin midi that hugs all the right places – but there’s no denying that there’s a special place in our hearts for the maxi cut. Timeless, universally flattering and exceptionally versatile, it’s the one style we find ourselves coming back to, time after time. With an endless combination of colours, silhouettes, fabrics, and cuts to choose from, there’s a maxi style to fit any occasion and compliment any body type.
By this point, it’s quite clear where our loyalty lies – but if you’re still not quite convinced, we’ve put together a few more reasons on why we’re ‘team maxi’.
1. They’re effortless
If there’s a piece that gives maximum style points with minimum effort, we’re all for it – and the maxi dress does just that. Perfect for those mornings where time seems to escape you, or when heading out for a quick lunch with friends, the maxi provides the ultimate put-together look. Opt for a printed fabric, such as dainty florals and keep accessories to a minimum. Complete the look with a neutral bag and pair of flat sandals for all the style minus the effort.
The delicate floral print of the Jaida Maxi Dress from Alamour The Label gives a put-together, finished look without the need for accessories.
2. They’re flattering
The classic feminine neckline, cinched waist and A-line skirt of the maxi is a fool proof formula for success. The silhouette skims your figure in all the right places, while the sweeping length elongates from the waist down. If you’re looking for a style with more support on top, choose a dress with tie up shoulders or a structured bodice, or show off your décolletage with plunging necklines and wrap fronts.
The tie up shoulders of the Anais Dress (left) provide more support and adds an elegant touch. The plunging neckline and tie up waist of the orange Galina Dress (right) gives a flirty and flattering silhouette.
3. They’re trans-seasonal
The maxi dress is one of the few styles that will see us through every season, regardless of whether you’re exploring a secluded beach on your tropical island escape or heading to an after dark cocktail night as the evenings get cooler, there’s a piece to make sure you’re dressed for the occasion and the weather. Pastel colours and lightweight fabrics in bustier or asymmetric styles will perfectly complement your summer plans, whereas deeper hues and crepe or glitter finishes are wonderful for the cooler months.
The deep red hue and glittery finish of the Lucy Dress (left) is ideal for your next winter soiree – layer with a black fur jacket for an elegant evening look. The barely-there straps and crisp white of the Elda Dress (right) has us daydreaming of sun-soaked afternoons.
4. They’re versatile
Much like their versatility through every season, we’re confident there’s a maxi dress to suit almost every demand in your social calendar – whether it’s a casual catch up with friends or a date night at your favourite restaurant. A maxi in a solid colour and timeless cut can be dressed up with heels and a structured clutch for the evening or accessorise with a wide brimmed straw hat and brown sandals for an effortless daytime look.
The Elizabeta Dress can be dressed up with statement gold earrings and gold strappy heels for a glamorous evening look, or effortlessly toned down with tan sandals and a wide brimmed hat for the ultimate Grecian aesthetic.
5. They’re comfortable
The words ‘comfort’ and ‘style’ often don’t go hand-in-hand when it comes to fashion, but the maxi dress is a welcome exception to this rule. The lightweight fabric of a casual maxi that skims your figure will keep you cool on warmer days and the A-line cut of the skirt means you won’t feel restricted. Styles that feature a lace-up back, tie shoulders or waist can be adjusted to fit your shape perfectly, promoting the most flattering and comfortable finish.
The lightweight cotton and flowing skirt of the Marni Dress (left) makes it a summer wardrobe staple. The tie-up back of the Cassie Dress (right) means you can find your perfect fit.
These are just a few of the tried-and-true reasons that have made us so loyal to the maxi dress, no matter the occasion, season or latest viral trend. Whether you’re dressing for comfort, convenience or wanting to make a statement, stunning maxi dresses will have the perfect piece to add to your wardrobe.
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