Trends for Spring 2011 – Maxi dresses

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Dress by Rachel Pally

It is the Hollywood award season and the opportunity for designers to showcase their creations to the world – not to the industry professionals and the glossy magazine reporters only, but to the shoppers too. The aim is to wet ours appetite for what has begun to appear in the stores for spring – summer 2011. One of the big trends that I am a fan of  is the maxi dress.

Hollywood actresses almost always go for a maxi in the awards. It ads glam, it is sexy without away giving too much, and in an everyday style it is dressy in a boho way, comfortable, and unique.

Inspired  from the 1970s this season, the maxi is ultra flattering for most body types, except from the ‘apple’ shape. If you belong to this body type avoid the trend, as it will cover your best asset – your legs. The rest of you…indulge.

The examples here are dresses that work from day to evening as long as you choose the accessories carefully.

– Flats, boots, oxfords, clogs and chunky heels work well for day, strapy sandals for night.

– On a chilly day you can pair your maxi with a leather jacket, a chunky knit and in the evening with a dressier jacket or a silk throw.

– Remember to play with proportions. For example, if you are petite don’t look like you are drowning in fabric; visit your local tailor to adjust the height of the hem, and wear your maxi  with a shorter jacket.

Empire waists and A-lines work well with most of us. And remember: only the trim and fit should wear the ‘siren’ sleek look. No one wants to look or resemble to a ‘human sausage’.

Happy shopping


Dress by Chris Benz

Dress by Only Hearts

Dress by Halston Heritage


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