Seven Summer Maxi Dresses You Will Never Want to Take Off
Want to keep those cankles under wraps? Getting dressed just got easier.
A light breezy maxi dress might just be the perfect piece of summer clothing. Not only does it keep you cool and comfortable, it also allows you to get dressed—and out the door—in less than five minutes without looking like a sack of groceries. Additionally, for me, there is another major selling point to maxi dresses: They cover up your legs! Of course, if you love your legs, this last benefit will be lost on you (thigh-high Angelina Joli-style slits were made for you). But for those of us with cankles and other sensitive lower body issues, maxi dresses are a godsend. Here are a few other maxi dress style pointers for the pear-shaped among us:
1. Avoid tents
At least some part of the dress should be fitted so you can see your shape.
2. Show some skin
Since a lot of skin is covered up, you want to highlight the parts of your body you do feel good about: think toned arms, shapely shoulders, a Pure Barre-trained tush.
3. Pay attention to fabric
Stretchy jersey maxi dresses work for the beach and maybe a very casual weekend but they can look sloppy in the real world. For a more polished vibe, look for rayon or a cotton blend.
4. Add volume up top if you are flat chested
A bit of strategically placed ruffles or a tiered top add bulk where needed, helping to define your waist.
5. See through panels = your cankles’ BFF
A bit of transparency from the knee down gives the illusion of skin without making you feel overexposed.
SHOP THE LOOK
Figue Maya cold-shoulder printed cotton-blend gauze dress, $595, netaporter.com
Riviera Maxi Dress Tiare Hawaiirevolve.com$123,
Tory Burch Amita Dress, $598, nordstrom.com
Striped spaghetti-strap dress, $168.00, jcrew.com