I am in l.o.v.e with this Rachel Pally dress. The cutouts, the deep neckline and the fit around the upper body—these are all things that meet my maxi criteria and make me want to buy it. Now.
But, I haven't always been a fan of the maxi dress. Ringing in at just under 5'4, the thought of wearing this style used to terrify me. The last thing I need is to look like my body got lost under my clothes and my legs disappeared. No. Thanks.
But, that was before I saw the light. I finally took the plunge last summer, and after discovering a couple of tricks, I'm pleased to say that you do not have to be tall to embrace a long hemline!
Tips to maximize the maxi—a guide for us little ladies:
- Steer clear of the shapeless, bag-like designs. Those are the ones that don't agree with our small frames!
- Details, Details, Details. From delicate buttons to draping or belting, it's these little things that will give the dress shape.
- Don't be afraid to show some skin. Whether it's a deep neckline, a backless getup, a side slit, or chic cutouts, this will help to accentuate your features and show that, why yes, you do have a body.
- Rise on up! Throw on a pair of wedges to really look long and lean in that maxi!