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A guide to petite maxi dresses

The maxi dress was big news in the 2010 winter and stayed a hot favourite on summer catwalks; with a stunning range of fashionable ethnic and floral designs. The small lady may worry that this fashion is not for her, but by choosing carefully from the petite maxi dresses available online and in shops, you will see, this is a style that can be worn by anyone.

Be sure to buy from a company that sells maxi dresses for petites; do not get an ordinary size and try to adapt it. To make this fashion work, avoid over large prints in too many colours, they will swamp you. Instead, go for smaller prints, monochromatic styles, or block colours with interesting details and touches such as knotted fronts and clever necklines. If you want an ethnic look, choose tie-die, or black and white, African prints.



When can a maxi dress be worn?

Maxi dresses, though long, are not just evening dresses. Women's fashion is very flexible, with styles that move between day and night, casual and formal. The maxi dress in current fashion, can be a casual, daytime outfit worn with thong sandals, and then an evening outfit when high heels and bold jewelry are added. Block colours are a versatile option for ladies who are petite, and slimming if in darker shades. Maxi dresses for petites in cobalt blue, or pillar box red, can be far more dramatic and flattering than large flower prints.

Cheesecloth is a summer, beach material, but the same dress in chiffon, is a dreamy, delicate, stunning evening dress. A lot of maxi dresses are slightly stretchy, in jersey, to help keep their shape, a great idea for empire line, and tie front styles. Maxi dresses with tiny floral prints make a fabulous daytime picnic dress.

Choose the new hessian wedge sandals for daytime, and open toed high heels, in silver or gold for a glitzy evening look. Enliven a plain maxi dress with a silk patterned pashmina. It looks great with maxi dresses and keeps shoulders warm in the night air. Petite maxi dresses can be worn anytime, anywhere, any place and can make the smaller lady really stand out!

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Wearing petite maxi dresses with style


A maxi dress can be worn in any social situation, accessorised to create a fashion statement. Halter-neck petite maxi dresses in a single colour with a soft flowing floor-length skirt and high heels create the illusion of height. Avoid an over-full skirt, it will widen you too much, and keep frills near the neckline to draw the eye upwards. Choose cheesecloth maxi dresses, for a 70's retro look, accessorised with huge sunglasses and floppy hats. If you want a riot of colour, keep the style simple; bandeau tops highlight great shoulders and a bias cut dress will skim all your lumps and bumps; let the style do the talking. Some maxi dresses for petites have intricate embellished necklines, again attracting the eye upwards. Avoid dresses that stop at or above your ankles; that will create a line that "cuts" you making you appear shorter!

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