Not quite a gown, yet not a frock – that’s vaguely what maxi dresses are! If you thought that maxis are a 90s fad, you are definitely wrong. In fact, these ankle grazing casual dresses go way back to the 60s and even earlier.
Designers first drew inspiration from traditional Native American and Southwestern women’s styles to introduce the patio or squaw dresses that yesteryear Hollywood starlets wore. These bright maxi dresses with long full-tired skirts were soon forgotten. However, the ankle length style was revived the 1960s, as women from all walks of life embraced the free-flowing maxi dress. By late 70s, they were again pushed back out-of-style. It’s only now after early 21st century’s bold styles and sky-high hemlines that maxi dresses are back to impress minus the voluminous polyester layers of 70s. The new soft styled blowy maxi dresses are the perfect alternative to those skimpy summer shorts and mini-skirts.
Cotton and other breathable light-weight fabrics are favorites for maxi dress lovers. Cool enough for the summers, but with chic silhouettes that can flatter your figure. You can simply dress them up with delicate jewellery and a variety of footwear – flip flops for the beach and pumps or stilettos for the club. Add a splash of quirky accessories and you are ready to steal the limelight.
Contrary to popular belief, maxi dresses are suitable for all body types – if styled well with the appropriate accessories, cuts and colours. Maxi dresses are simple street style chic perfect for every occasion – from daily wear to party wear. Wear this to a day out shopping or the beach, teamed up with sunglasses and a stylish sling bag. Or you could strap on some heels, throw in some funky jewellery, pick up a clutch and get ready to dance all night! No wonder, celebs from Hollywood and Bollywood alike are huge fans of the maxi dresses. Take a look at how they like to flaunt the maxi style:
Actress and anchor Amrita Raichand looks all girly in a floral printed maxi dresses, with a plunging neckline and noodle straps. She has kept the accessorizing minimal with matching hoop-earrings, tan peep-toes and a matching sling bag with gold chain strap.
Mallaika Arora Khan looks sexy as always in a simple white cotton maxi dress with minimal detailing. Mallaika kept the style strictly basic with almost no jewellery except for a bunch of funky bangles and tote bag.
Kajol looks demure in this sheer printed maxi dress paired with a sleeveless embellished jacket at NDTV’s ‘Our Girl Our Pride’ fundraiser. Keeping with the occasion, she chose just a chunky armlet to accessorize!
Here Are a Few Styles Of Maxi Dresses
This cotton and net maxi dresses will remind you of lazy summer afternoons, blue sea and golden beaches. Lounge in this off shoulder maxi and team it up with a pretty clutch for the evening party.
Coral love for that summery chic in your wardrobe – style this coral off shoulder maxi dress with gold toned accessories for that princess-like elegance. Perfect for a day event or stylish dinner.
This one is for those long-legged lasses, who like to flaunt their figures in body hugging silhouettes. Keep up the summer spirit and pair this white maxi dress with a plunging neckline with beads and colours. A pop of colour on your feet and a dash of bling on your neck will make you stand out from the crowd.
Remember, we told you – Maxis are not exactly gowns. But they come pretty close. Work it to carry your style in a bright red maxi dress with almost no accessorizing needed. Just let your hair down and groove to the music!
In love with flowy fabrics and princess-like dresses – this maxi dress comes close with its soft printed fabric grazing your feet in light layers and a plunging neckline down to the waist for that glamorous appeal.
Wondering how you can work the maxi at a formal event ? Here’s the solution. Pair up the classic black with the elegant gold.
And here’s how you can keep the black casually chic as well!
Here’s how you can keep it casually formal – a safe bet for an outdoor party.
If you love colours, you should pick this abstract printed maxi dress in a riot of pastel shades.
Want more stripes? try this black and white number with coral and brown accessories.
This water colour floral maxi will immediately transport you to a summery Grecian island. Pair up with matching accessories.
Knit maxi dresses with colour blocked all-over stripes. Wear with a summer jacket or denim shirt with it and throw on some flip-flops for that carefree look.
Florals can be elegant too when it is on this high neck cut-sleeve maxi dress. Summer bloom all the way!
Add more colour to your summer wardrobe. The denim shirt and fedora will keep it casually chic for the beach too.
Florals and burnt orange – your go-to style for busy summer days. Will work as semi casual, if you throw in a jacket for that serious workplace.
This geometric print maxi dress could add more spice to your spring/summer style. Team up with leather boots and a stylish tote.
If you like Bohemian, this is what you should get! Well balanced by a black upper and a vibrant flare, this maxi dress is a must have for summer Boho chic.