I don’t know if you’ve realised by now that most maxi dresses – or any dresses for that matter – are designed with slim straight girls in mind. So they don’t take into account the fact that most of us are curvy. This doesn’t necessarily mean big, but we have shape, we go in at the waist (hopefully) and out in other places and we need dresses that, whilst not being balloon shape, take all of that into account.
By maxi dresses I do not mean evening gowns, some stores make it hard to differentiate and show everything from beach perfect dresses to red carpet gowns. It’s a bit like the sneakers vs trainers I wrote about previously, there is a distinction and the stores could make it a lot easier on us by separating out casual day and evening to red carpet glamour from the start. Whinge over for now.
Empire line shapes hug you on top and then skim on the way down. This can be very flattering although many have spaghetti straps, so if you’re not happy with your arms and shoulders you may want to give these a miss.
Anything with a belted waist, very wide skirt or stripes will make you look wider. Avoid if you want a slim silhouette. A tie at the back can help the dress skim your figure from your narrowest point.
Avoid a t-shirt fabric maxi dress that is straight from top to bottom. No matter how good it looks on the model, if you have lumps and bumps this is not going to work for you.