Can short girls wear maxi dresses?
Everyone reaches for the flowing comfort of maxi dresses in the summer time - but those who are not blessed with a graceful height sometimes miss out on the free flowing comfort that maxi dresses offer because shorter girls look even shorter because of the cut and the length. However, hope springs eternal in the intrepid fashionista's heart and petite ladies have found a way to wear maxis and not get swallowed up by the fabric.
These floor length dresses have been sported by many a mini model - from the likes of the petite Eva Longoria of the Desperate Housewives fame, to the tiny, birdlike Nicole Richie, Paris Hilton's one time BFF ( that's best friend forever for the uninitiated).
Here are a few tips to keep in mind if you are a pint sized fashionista, and do not want to miss out on the chic style of the maxi:
Necklines: As tempting as it maybe to go for strappy or strapless maxi - which you have probably seen draping the perfect bodies of the tall models and actresses around, if you are short then it is best to avoid strapless maxis or those with thin spaghetti straps. Empire line necklines, a slim belt around your bust line, or deep necklines will elongate your body, giving the impression of a longer torso. Or, like petite and pretty Hayden Panetierre, you could opt for halter necklines which also flatter a petite figure.
Good fit: If you are petite, it is a good idea to opt for maxi dresses that are well structured and which flatter your curves instead of flowing around you voluminously. Too much flounce will swallow you up.
Solid colours: Big patterns, too much pattern or lots of bold colours together will serve the same purpose as too much volume - such prints will swallow up a petite body.
Length: The most obvious and key point to consider when buying a maxi dress, especially if you are petite, is its length. The best length for shorter girls, is one in which the hemline is longer than the ankle and brushes the top of the feet. Also, ensure that there are no additional frills or flounces added to the hemline because this will only make you look shorter. Hem an existing maxi - one that you might have been gifted, or one that you couldn't resist buying at the sale. Just make sure that you are not shortening the length to a great degree - any hemline above your ankles will make you look extremely dowdy and box like.
Do not accessorise: Too much, that is. A maxi dress is a lot of material and accessorising it with chunky bangles or necklaces will again, clutter the look, making you seem chunky and boxed. A good accessory for a maxi dress is footwear - wear heels which will elongate your legs and give you a good carriage.
Maxi dresses are obviously a good choice for summer, but if you feel you have a problem carrying one off then it is a better idea to opt for sun dresses - which are short and till your knees - all the better to show off your legs!