Summer Wardrobe: Maxi Dresses

I’ve come late to the Maxi dress party – but I have now discovered the joys of them, so I’m going to add it as an entry to my Summer Wardrobe series.

Maxi dresses, I’ve found, cover a multitude of sins:

  • Peely wally (that’s Scottish for very white) legs that you can’t be bothered to apply fake tan to
  • Hairy legs that you can’t be bothered to shave
  • Uneven proportions – nobody really knows how short my legs are under the skirt, similarly
  • A day when you feel a bit bloated, floaty skirts hide a multitude of sins

They can be dressed up or down with your accessories – jewellery, jacket, shoes and handbag, although they are not without their drawbacks:

  • They can be a bit skimpy, particularly if you’ve managed to pick up a bargain in the supermarket, or Peacocks like me – so an underskirt is essential otherwise you’ll do a Princess Diana pose as soon as the light is behind you
  • Some are both skimpy and clingy, and particularly with plain colours, you might be revealing more than you intended, and spend the whole day feeling uncomfortable about what’s on show
  • Often, particularly at the cheaper end of the market, they are strapless or have spaghetti straps which means that if you have to wear a bra, you may have to consider how your underwear will work with it

Some people are happy for their bra straps to be on show, for others, they may not like it, or it might not be considered appropriate for the setting.  Have a look at this Buzzfeed article on Hacks for Bras for some tips.

Gillian Lewis: Spectrum "Summer Wardrobe" blog series - "Maxi dress"

How I wear my maxi dress

As well as *needing* to wear a bra, I’m not keen on showing my upper arms, so finding a maxi dress with sleeves is one option, but I’ve found using a ballet wrap top, cardigan or jacket over the top is the best way for me to feel comfortable and confident wearing a strapless dress.  It also allows the opportunity to mix a bit of solid colour against an overall patterned dress if patterns aren’t your thing, and gives you the opportunity to create many different outfits as a result.  With my dress, I have a Kettlewell Colours wrap top in virtually ever colour in the pattern so I think I’ve made a great buy and my cost per wear is going to end up in the pennies before too long which is the ideal of any piece you buy to add to your wardrobe.

Patterned dresses are great for creating some visual trickery to disguise unwanted lumps and bumps but the pattern should work for your bodyshape and scale.  However, whilst there are many patterned dresses out there, having looked at a lot of them, I have wondered what drugs the designers were on when they made them as I’ve had to pick and choose very carefully!

In general, florals and swirly shapes like Paisley patterns look better on curved bodies, and geometrics look better on straighter bodies.   You also need to consider the size of the pattern as a large pattern will drown a small frame and vice versa.  It goes without saying that you should wear the right colours for your palette too! 😀

Getting the right length is a big consideration.  There needs to be a balance between long enough so it doesn’t look like a long Midi dress, but also not so long that it trails the ground so you could trip or have to wander round with a soaking hem if our summer weather performs according to previous standards.

So, overall I’d say a Maxi dress can be a good addition to a summer wardrobe if it fits with your Style Personality – even if you only choose to wear it when you’re on your holidays (somehow it always seems possible to wear things abroad that you just wouldn’t at home).  Age isn’t a barrier unless you want it to be.  If you want some help to find the perfect one for you, get in touch with me via the contact page.

 

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Gillian Lewis
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Gillian Lewis

Self Image Coach at Gillian Lewis: Spectrum Coaching and Consultancy based in Darlington, County Durham, UK
What on earth is a Self-Image Coach I hear you ask – it’s cross between a Confidence Coach and Image Consultant.

I help clients become happier and more confident by giving them a Makeover from the Inside Out to change their internal and external view of themselves.

I'm not really interested in fashion, just what clothes can do for your self-image - that's where the Forget Fashion blog title originated, so I won't be doing much commentary on the latest catwalk styles.Instead, I write about things I come across in life that make me reflect.Sometimes it's serious.Sometimes it's just fun.Hopefully you'll like my writing style, find what I write about interesting and enjoy the experience.If you do, share the love using the boxes below - thank you 😀
Gillian Lewis
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About Gillian Lewis

What on earth is a Self-Image Coach I hear you ask – it’s cross between a Confidence Coach and Image Consultant.

I help clients become happier and more confident by giving them a Makeover from the Inside Out to change their internal and external view of themselves.

I'm not really interested in fashion, just what clothes can do for your self-image - that's where the Forget Fashion blog title originated, so I won't be doing much commentary on the latest catwalk styles. Instead, I write about things I come across in life that make me reflect. Sometimes it's serious. Sometimes it's just fun. Hopefully you'll like my writing style, find what I write about interesting and enjoy the experience. If you do, share the love using the boxes below - thank you :-D

Comments

  1. Peely Wally, that made me laugh Gillian. Thanks for keeping me up to date with all things a women of my generation should know, but were too afraid to ask. Keep em coming.

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