Summer Maxi Dresses – and How To Wear Them

When the weather gets a bit better, the maxi dresses come out! The 1970s fashion trend has been a huge hit in the last few years, but sometimes the humble maxi dress can just look so wrong.

Be careful when you decide to join in with this fashion trend. Floaty bandeau maxi dresses really are best left for the holiday resorts. A too-long maxi dress could cause a lot of problems, especially on a night out, so watch your length.

If you’re short, make sure you elevate yourself with wedges, but be careful with heeled shoes or sandals – they really don’t look great with maxi dresses. Flat sandals are perfect for a day time look, if you don’t need the height.

SUMMER MAXI DRESSES ONEMAXI DRESSES, LEFT: HALTERNECK PRINT DRESS, £55, WAREHOUSE @ DEBENHAMS, RIGHT, SPOTTY EVENING MAXI DRESS, £110, EDITION BY JONATHAN SAUNDERS @ DEBENHAMS

If you are short, try and buy a dress that sits just on your ankle, so your feet are on show, but in reality, it’s probably best to work with a midi dress, which stops mid-calf.

Maxi dresses were huge in the 1970s, floaty, hippie styles are perfect for summer days, in the park, at the beach, but not in the high street of your local town.And be careful of the volume in your dress – floaty styles don’t flatter every figure.

SUMMER MAXI DRESSES TWOMAXI DRESSES, FROM LEFT: CHIFFON PRINT MAXI, £49,99, H&M, ONE SHOUILDER FLORAL MAXI, £14.99, NEW LOOK, PRINTED PLEATED MAXI DRESS, £45, DOROTHY PERKINS, STRIPED VEST MAXI, £39.99, SUPERDRY

Evening maxi dresses were de rigueur in the 1970s, everyone wore one. A maxi in the evening can look elegant and sophisticated, but make sure it’s the right fabric – a maxi meant for the beach is not going to look great at dinner.

SUMMER MAXI DRESSES THREEMAXI DRESSES, FROM LEFT: SCOOP BACK RED VEST MAXI, £39.99, SUPERDRY, DIP COLOURED MAXI, £STAR BY JULIEN MACDONALD @ DEBENHAMS, AQUA MAXI DRESS, £58, TOP SHOP, ZEBRA PRINT BANDEAU BEACH MAXI, £14.99, H&M.

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