The Do’s & Dont’s of Maxi Dresses!

You really can’t go wrong with a good maxi dress. The beauty of this style, besides the length, is the throw-on capacity but then you can be dressed-down, or as dressed up as you want to be depending on the style even if its a plain jersey Maxi just throw on some statement jewelry and your whole look changes. And if you’re not big on getting your legs out this is the dress to opt for! Xoxo Mod Girl Sara! 

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Solid or Print


When choosing a maxi dress, solid colors are your best bet, as this will give you a long, continuous line from top to bottom.  Coming in in second place is a small, consistent pattern – the general rule of thumb is that the size of the print should be no larger than your fist.


Just say no to anything that is going to separate your body into sections like you see in this picture showing petite celebrities (Kate Hudson, Vanessa Hudgens, Carrie Underwood and Kim Kardashian) with horizontal blocks of color, a solid and a print together, or large prints that cause the eye to want to look at each section separately.



Aim for a top-of-the-toe-grazing length whether you opt to wear heels or flats!  You want to maxi-mize the line that the dress is giving you by stretching it out as far as possible!


While we’re seeing them quite a bit this Spring, don’t bite on the ankle-grazing skirts…perhaps a taller person can get away with cutting themselves off at the ankle, but a petite woman?  A big NO-NO!



Go with the flow –  and by flow, we mean flowy.  You want to find a material that is going to drape well – wear the dress, don’t let the dress wear you!  Choose a soft jersey that will skim your body, move with you, and be super comfortable – it’s a win-win-win!


No matter what you’re wearing, if it’s not a well-structured piece, petite women should stay away from stiff materials.   Stiff materials might decide on their own what your shape is, and with a maxi dress that is dangerous territory.

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Opt for a fitted bodice.  This will balance out the full drape of the skirt (because we know you’re not wearing a skintight maxi dress, right?  Right?)

Pay attention to the neckline!  A universally flattering halter style is always a good choice plus, they tend to have adjustable ties, even better!  V-necklines are another great option as they elongate the body. Flatter your waistline by choosing a maxi dress with a tie that cinches the waist or throw on a narrow belt if needed!  By accentuating your natural waist or high waist you are visually lengthening those legs.


Petite women should avoid long sleeves on an already long dress.  Especially steer clear of the mumu shape – if you’re going to do sleeves make sure they are form-fitting!  Your body should be visible in there somewhere!  Petite celebrity
Mary Kate Olsen drowns her frame in this maxi dress don’t make the same mistake!

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