Style Guide: Women’s Maxis

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A spring/summer staple, it’s all about essential women’s maxi dresses!

While many of us associate long dresses with a much more dresser and formal occasions, maxi dresses can actually be worn to anything from the beach, coffee dates, a wedding or formal function. The best part? They are super comfortable, stylish and oh so flattering!

There’s a few style tips to keep in mind when rocking the longer hemlines to ensure you look your best! It’s all about picking the right shape for your body figure, scale and height.

For The Petite Girl:

If you’re petite your main goal is to avoid getting lost underneath the length, so structure is your key!

A few things to keep in mind are:


Opt for a maxi dress that is structured and well cut. Think dresses with a tight-fitting bodice and a loose dress skirt for the perfect balance, or try gorgeous women’s maxi dresses with wrap hems or high low hem lines.

Elongate your body figure with a V-neck:

To create a streamlined silhouette try a v-neck. It adds instant length with a sexy touch!

Add heels:

For extra height, wear t-bar heels, wedges or classic pumps. Heels add height and elongates your look.

Select the right details and prints:

Since you have less canvas to work on and a short stature that can’t handle too much fluff – opt for solids and work strategically with prints.

Dark neutrals and colour blocks in black, navy, grey and green make you look taller. However colours that are similar to your skin tone works equally well in elongating your petite body frame like nudes, browns or whites.

If you’re a petite plus size opt for medium scale prints in botanical or floral prints – perfect for the warmer season!

For The Curvy Girl:

Long dresses are the perfect match for your frame as it minimizes large hips and legs.

Here are a few tips on how to choose a maxi dress to ensure you look your best!

Wear wide straps and belt your smallest part:

Wide straps or capped sleeves are oh so flattering on your arms and shoulders, they look great teamed with a statement necklace to draw the eyes to the neckline. For added structure to a maxi dress and to show off your best parts, add a belt under the bust or around your mid-waist.

Scale the print:

Larger prints complement a curvy girls body figure a lot better than tiny ones – however dark colours are also great to slim down your frame. Navy, grey and black are our top picks for summer! Try ones with luxe embroidery or contrast panelling for a stylish touch.

For The Tall Girl:

Flats are your best friend:

For those of you lucky enough to have long pins, you can play and have fun with this style! Team with espadrilles, ballet flats or sandals for a comfortable everyday style.

Play with volume:

Add volume to your tall figure with fringed vests, scarves or chunky jewellery. Layer up on those cooler spring/summer nights with a cropped leather jacket or denim vest.

Add splits:

Nothing is sexier than a maxi with thigh-high splits! Seen in anything from casual printed maxi women’s dresses or formal gowns, a thigh-high split is the perfect way to show off our legs.

We have an amazing range of women’s maxi dresses over at AlibiOnline. Head over to shop!

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