The maxi dress from the ’60s and ’70s made a comeback in the late 2000s. While it can look like an evening gown, it can be dressed down to fit regular errand trips too. The dress can make a woman look short and chunky if it’s not worn properly. The correct way to wear one depends a lot on your body type.

For petite women, the writer of the website The Chic Fashionista says to pick a maxi dress with a defined waist. If the dress looks too loose, wrap a belt around the thinnest part of your waist. A cinched-in waist keeps the dress from looking like a tent.

Petites should also look for hemlines with straight, A-line or bias-cuts, and a V-neck that can make your figure look longer.

Plus-size women need a maxi dress with halter style or thick straps. A v-neck can help, but you need a dress that fits tightly without being clingy. The Chic Fashionita also suggests medium to large prints and neutral dark colors that have a slimming effect.

The best shoes for a formal maxi dress are open-toe pumps. For a casual look, flat sandals will work. Avoid boots with can outdate the look. Switching other accessories, like a hat, hobo bag or shawl, can make a single dress fit multiple occasions.


  • Decide what colors or prints you would like to have.

  • Defintely get a black maxi dress. It can casual and sexy all at the same time.

  • You can also wear a light shrug sweater with your maxi dress.