How to Find a Maxi Dress That Flatters Your Figure

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The maxi dress has been around for several seasons now and isn’t showing any sign of disappearing. This is largely due to its all round versatility and the fact that there is a maxi dress out there to suit everyone, whatever their dress size or body shape.

The t-shirt maxi is great for getting the most out of your purchase. This type of cut is wearable all year round with flip flops and some funky jewellery during the warmer months and with chunky knits when it gets a bit cooler.

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How to Find a Maxi Dress That Flatters Your Figure
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If you have a slender figure, get a size smaller which will really hug your body and show off your long limbs.  If you’re concerned about those troublesome areas like your hips or bum, buy a slightly larger size and add a waist belt to emphasise your waistline. Or add a long, slender necklace to draw the eye down the body and give the appearance of a taller figure.

A blouson sleeve is ideal if you're concerned about showing your upper arms.  Layer with chunky knits, tights, leather boots and go over the top with big and bold accessories as statement pieces this autumn.

If you have a more curvaceous figure avoid maxi dresses with metres and metres of fabric. If you’re after a pretty patterned dress stick to bigger prints, as smaller ones will make you look bigger. 

However this season’s trend is all about plain fabrics.  Pick colours like black (always flattering) and grey.  Plain palettes are great to pair with gold, silver or brightly coloured jewellery for a real statement piece and look drop dead gorgeous on hour glass figures.

An empire line cut sits just underneath the bust which is flattering on all body shapes.  If you want to accentuate your waist match with a wide chunky waist belt.  This works best if you have a longer waist and really flatters a pear shape figure.  The empire line will accentuate a small waist and will even out your top and bottom half.  This would look even better with bold print on top and a neutral colour on the bottom.

Dress up a maxi with tan wedges, short denim jacket and statement jewellery for a really summery vibe.  Or dress down with just flip flops and big sunglasses for a great day look.  If you are petite and your dress is a little too long, take it to your local taylor.  It may not seem worth spending the money on this sort of item of clothing, but a maxi really is a wardrobe staple and if you find a cut and print that suits you, then it’s a good investment.

Whatever your dress size and body shape, a maxi dress is a fantastic, versatile wardrobe staple that you can wear all year round, home or away, so make sure you have at least one in your wardrobe.
Faria Ahmad
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Article written by Faria Ahmad, Ecommerce Executive at Heidi Klein. heidi klein is the one-stop destination holiday shop offering the perfect holiday wardrobe from luxury swimsuits and designer maxis to beauty products.

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