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Six Maxi Dress Mistakes to Avoid

Maxi dresses are the perfect choice for all manner of occasions, and they suit all body types too. But it’s easy to make a mistake with this hard-working wardrobe staple if you aren’t careful. In this blog we’ll look at six of the most common mistakes to avoid.

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1. Not Matching the Dress to the Occasion

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Some maxi dresses are best left for the beach, whilst others can be perfect for a wedding or formal occasion. Look at features such as the cut and fabric to make a decision. A luxury silk with some embellishment will naturally be great for a party. A lightweight viscose with large floral prints and a halter neck may work better for the beach.

2. Choosing the Wrong Length

Make sure your maxi dress really is ‘maxi’ rather than above the ankles. The best way to check proportions is by using a full-length mirror and trying on your dress with the shoes that you plan to wear.

3. Picking the Wrong Style

Think about your body shape when you choose a maxi dress. If you have a larger upper body, then a dress with sleeves and some structure around the bodice will be flattering. If you are pear-shaped, avoid dresses cut on the bias. If you are tall, then a really sweeping maxi dress will look stunning on you, but petite girls will also look wonderful with a well-proportioned dress.

4. Over-accessorising

If you’ve treated yourself to a blue maxi dress, then don’t make the mistake of loading up with jewellery and bags. Keep it simple and allow the cut and drama of your dress to do the talking. A blue maxi dress available at AX Paris could be a good choice.

5. Not Considering the Shoes

Ballet flats should be avoided with maxi dresses, but minimal strappy sandals are a great choice and work for both flats and heeled shapes alike. Do a pedicure and show off those tanned feet!

6. Check for Underwear!

It’s always worth checking that your dress isn’t see-through or that you can see your underwear. Maxi dresses don’t tend to work well with visible underwear, so choose something hidden and shaping if necessary for a smooth finish. The exception is for beach maxis, which look great with a bikini underneath.