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5 Maxi Dresses for Your Body Shape

Jul 26, 2011 at 1:02 PM Chime in now

Maxi Dresses

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How to rock the summer’s hottest dress, whatever your shape

Pear Shape
If you’re pear-shaped (your hips and thighs are wider than your shoulders), look for maxi dresses that draw attention upwards.

A V-neckline that reveals your décolleté and the skinniest of spaghetti, or halter straps, to expose shoulders will work. An empire waistline will emphasize your slimmest part, while flowing softly over your bottom half.

Avoid dresses with tiers across the lower portion and all stripes; they’ll be less than friendly to your figure.

Twelfth St. by Cynthia Vincent maxi dress, $274, at shopbop.com.

Plus Size
If you’re plus-size (an ample hourglass figure), seek out a bright maxi that showcases your bombshell body!

Say yes to a dress with wide, bra-friendly straps, a plunging neckline, empire waist and look for non-clingy materials, like double-faced jersey.

Prints can also work wonders, stick to ones that are bold as opposed to bitsy.
Mystery Theatre twisted front maxi dress, $53, dress911.com.


If you’re petite (under 5’4), streamlined maxi dresses are tailor made for you. Simple column or tank style dresses won’t overwhelm your diminutive stature.

Emphasizing your middle is essential, so seek out styles with either gathered waistbands or add a belt. And don’t fret if the fit is right, but the length is not: a hemline hitch is an inexpensive fix and a small price to pay for an otherwise fantastic frock.

Winners tank maxi dress, $30, store locations at winners.ca.

Apple Shape
If you’re apple-shaped (have a tummy and slim limbs), maxi dresses in an eye-catching print will help slim your shape.

Sounds counterintuitive, right? Well, never underestimate the power of prints! The right graphic will trick the eye, and lessen the focus on your middle.

Shop for strategically placed prints that create the illusion of an hourglass frame or an all over print with wow-factor.

Esprit Collection printed maxi dress, $120, espritshop.ca.


Ruler Shape/Straight
If you’re ruler-shaped (bust, waist and hip measurements are equal), look for maxi dresses that create curves. Your shape can pull off generous pleats, tiers, gathers and ruffles, especially when a floaty fabric is involved. These types of details will soften your figure. And give stripes a spin, they’ll add presence to your silhouette and they’re a huge trend this season - lucky you!

French Connection pleated maxi dress, $198, frenchconnection.com.

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