Thursday, July 31, 2008

Fatal Attraction 2 - The Maxi Dress

There are many reasons why women all over the world love wearing this floor-grazing dress style.

These dresses have a no-fuss appeal and are feminine, graceful and versatile. Also, the looser varieties have the wonderful ability to camouflage problematic areas along your lower half.


Beautiful maxi dresses were an omnipresent fixture on various Spring and Fall 2008 runways including D&G, Roberto Cavalli, Elie Saab and Gucci.



photos courtesy style.com


Maxi dresses are as popular as ever in Hollywood, especially with expectant celeb mothers.

Blake Lively, Eva Longoria, a pregnant Gwen Stefani and Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon prove that maxi dresses can flatter different body types and be suitable for both casual and dressy occasions.


photos courtesy justjared.buzznet.com, eva-longoria.net and thefashionspot.com


Some of you may think that maxis only look fabulous on tall model-like figures but with careful selection, it is possible to find a style that flatters other shapes. Knowing your body type is the first step in figuring out what looks best on you.

Petite women should look for more form fitting maxi dresses that will visually elongate their short frames. Women who want to disguise wide hips and large thighs should wear maxi dresses in darker colours with enough fabric to easily drape over these areas. Large-busted women should find V-neck or halter-neck dresses with thick straps to adequately support this area.

Below are a few lovely maxis that caught my eye.




#1: Flounced-Hem Maxi Dress - US$29.99 http://www.chadwicks.com/clothing/Flounced-Hem-Maxi-Dress.aspx?PfId=126157&DeptId=9701&producttypeid=1&pref=ps&PurchaseType=G

#2: Bisou Bisou® Ombre Maxi Dress - US$59.99 http://www3.jcpenney.com/jcp/Products.aspx?ItemID=14cd0d6&ItemTyp=G&GrpTyp=PRD&ShowMenu=T&ShopBy=0&SearchString=maxi+dress&RefPage=SearchDepartment.aspx&CmCatId=SearchResults&Search1Prod=True

#3: For the Love of Autumn Maxi Halter Dress - US$48.00 http://www.lulus.com/products/For+the+Love+of+Autumn+Maxi+Halter+Dress/9249.html

#4: Tropical Floral Strapless Maxi Dress - US$27.80 http://www.forever21.com/product.asp?catalog%5Fname=FOREVER21&category%5Fname=DRESS&product%5Fid=2052588150&showBACK=OK

#5: Tiered Maxi Dress - US$26.99 http://www.charlotterusse.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3163830&cp=&sr=1&origkw=maxi&kw=maxi&parentPage=search&searchId=

#6: Lux Daydream Dress - US$78.00 http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?_dyncharset=ISO-8859-1&navAction=jump&id=14664379&search=true&isProduct=true&parentid=SEARCH+RESULTS&color=10

31 comments:

Shay said...

these are lovely. I have a feeling they'll still look super fresh next summer too...

enc said...

I keep wanting one, and I never have the guts to try it.

Pudding and Pie said...

Maxi dresses have definately been big lately and I agree that they can work for almost any body type. I love that, even though I don't love my thighs, the flowiness of a maxi dress can definately make me feel better!

Nadine said...

Love them, too! I feel like a greek goddess wearing long dresses!

Songy said...

my votes go to no 1 and 5.
I'm checking them now.
enjoyed the post. ^^
♥ Songy

Sharon Rose said...

Hi Danz-A great post, as usual!! I thought my favourite was the forever 21, until I studied the plaid maxi-this is really gorgeous for Autumn, I love it! Have a wonderful weekend my dear Danz!

Siljesfashion said...

Love the maxidress, so I will be weraing it until its cold! haha, Love your thoughts on the scarf, we think alike!

Anchibride said...

I have a maxi dress (found at Ross for $10) in an orange-red paisley pattern that I just adore! I wear it every chance I get, but I do have to find something else (like a tee with tiny sleeves) to wear under it, since my bust is too big to wear the dress alone. Right now I wear it with a little maroon tee, but I think it needs something with even smaller sleeves. But it's one of the most comfortable dresses I own.

I seem to be the only one around here wearing one, though. People here seem so backward, sometimes.

cupcakes and cashmere said...

my friend wore a maxi dress last night and it's such a perfect option. i'm really feeling the white one from charlotte russe...the accessorizing options are endless!

The Seeker said...

I'm soooooo in love with my maxi dress!!!!
It's great for this summer days.

xoxo

LuLu124 said...

wooow the ones you picked are just plain gorgeous!!! and i totally agree with you that everyone can find a maxi dress to support their frame :))) btw, thank you for stopping by my blog, yours is awesome!!! :D xoxo, lulu

Mimi said...

Maxi dresses are great.I've been thinking of buying one so long but I'm not sure..

Ida said...

Ah, dearest Danz, your articles are fantastic. I always feel like reading a quality magazine when visiting you. You're so good at it!

Diana said...

I love those dresses, you do feel like a goddess in them.

CoutureCarrie said...

Hey D~
you always find the cutesy stuff at affordable prices! I have to check out lulus... I love that bias plaid dress!

xoxox,
CC

thetinylittlegirl said...

i love the look of the maxi dress but being only 5 foot 1 i'd have to take it up half it's length to wear it!

fashion herald said...

exactly, danz, the maxi is a great example of a style all heights can wear, but often shorter women think is not right for them. I've seen many not-tall girls really look fabulous in their maxis.

Page said...

I lo-lo-lovve the maxi dress!

I wore one for my outdoors graduation party and the same one for a friend's wedding! So versatile!

Tina :) said...

Maxi dresses are abolsutely lovely! I love the ombre one.

emily said...

the second one is really pretty, but i think i'm too short for them!

Jenny H. said...

i lovee maxi dresses!

i wore my favourite one a couple of posts back.
lovee it :)

blake looks the best i think!

Secretista said...

Love it!

Except I look weird because I have a big badunka dunk.

we wear things said...

love the look.. but i think i'm just too short to pull this off when there are so many other styles better suited.

-issa

Arielle said...

I like how you added something about petite and curvier figures. I was under the impression that (as you said) only tall women would look good in these and always wondered how people like nicole richie and eva longoria pulled them off. Great advice!

CoryK said...

Those dresses are stunning. Maxi dresses have an undeniable like factor about them. Great Post!

Dana (pron. like Donna) said...

as flattering as this look can be
aren't we tired of it by now?
maxis, gladiators and ombre just need to go AWAY

**Queen B** said...

maxi dresses all way!! their so comfy && light for the summer!!

Times of Glory said...

Maxi dresses are just so so sooooo beautiful! It gives such a beautiful silhouette! I actually still want another one! Dear, you are genius in pointing out timeless pieces xxxxxx

Sunniva said...

J'adore maxi dresses..and especially the ones you have picked out! they're so comfy and elegant at the same time.

xxx

pinup_girl said...

I am so in love with the very first dress. Actually, I loved almost all the pieces. Breathtaking!

lucy said...

i love the very first dress too! the thing with maxi dresses, they have to be gorgeous! no so so maxi dresses will do!