Bethany Rutter | Contributing Writer | Monday, 4 April 2016

Maxi Dresses

9 Of The Best Plus-Size Maxi Dresses To Buy Now

The Debrief: Sun, sea, sand… and maxi dresses

Sun, sea, sand… and maxi dresses. The maxi is rightly synonymous with summer, a long, flowing dress fluttering in the gentle breeze. It’s a great solves-everything wardrobe staple, and is perfect for summer holidays as it reduces the amount of sartorial decision making, and therefore packing, you have to do. 

It’s often assumed I like maxi dresses and jumpsuits because I’m quite tall, but I really think there’s no reason why shorter people shouldn’t wear either. Just find a style that you love and feel great in, and forget any women’s mag ‘wisdom’ that has been holding you back until now. Although body-shyness is not something I struggle with, I can see that maxis are ideal for people who might be. In one fell swoop, you’re covered from chest to ankle but can still wear

I burn to a crisp at the first glimpse of sun, so long-sleeve maxi dresses are a godsend for me in the summer, but strapless styles are unbeatable for a carefree evening look when you’re on a beach holiday.

I love maxi dresses with flat sandals or a platform heel, or on slightly drearier summer days, long-sleeve styles can look great with chunky ankle boots. I always wear mine with a denim jacket for when the temperature drops in the evening, but you can dress them up with a cool fringed or beaded jacket. As long as the jacket is short to balance out the length of the dress, you’re likely to be onto a winner.

Junarose are doing some particularly great maxis this season: the pale orange jersey one is made for chilled days by the beach, whereas the blue style is a gorgeous colour and the wrap-front, tie-waist will make it great everyday workwear when it heats up. The crinkle fabric of the long-sleeve Simply Be dress is perfect for scrunching up and throwing in your suitcase for a hot-weather holiday, while the adorable Elvi nautical number will keep you chic while on a city break. I’m very into the dark blue and white floral print ASOS maxi for its elegant long sleeves and defined waist- I think this is going to look extremely cool and laid-back while being totally stylish. Speaking of laid-back, I’m imagining the relaxing-in-style possibilities of the white hooded Yoona dress. The silver zip and front pocket are great little details, not to mention the turn-ups on the sleeves. Less minimal, more… maxi-mal? How about the gorgeous sixties-inspired dress from Joanna Hope: I’m in love with the print, the v-neck front and especially the razor-pleated skirt. Wear the totally sweet colour palette with sugary pastel makeup and bouncing hair.

1) Maxi dress in blue floral from ASOS, £55

2) Tile print wrapover maxi dress with kimono sleeve from ASOS, £39

3) Joanna hope print maxi dress from Simply Be, £70

4) Joe Browns overdyed mexicana dress from Simply Be, £49

5) Alphabet bodycon dress from One One Three, £69

6) Lace-up crinkle maxi dress from Simply Be, £40

7) Nautical maxi from Elvi, £55

8) Maxi dress from Juna Rose, £28

9) Maxi dress from Juna Rose, £45



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