Maxi Dresses for Every Body Type

Find the maxi dress that suits you best.
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Ali Larter

Tall ladies like Ali Larter have a height advantage when it comes to wearing long maxis. In other words, the world is your oyster, so embrace this trend. While you may want to avoid vertical stripes, which will accentuate your lengthy frame, feel free to experiment with fun prints, sexy cuts, or retro caftan styles. Just note that voluminous fabric can add the illusion of weight, so tread carefully to create a sleek silhouette. Instead of heels, pair your maxi with flat sandals, such as an embellished thong or studded gladiator.

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Wow the crowd in this sultry number by Halston Heritage ($318.50, The deep V Long Dress, which boasts a racy V neckline and a seductive slit. It’s A ridiculously glam option for your next party.

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A belted white waistband references the raging nautical trend and shortens a long torso. The Juicy Couture halterneck velour maxi dress ($180, has a slim-fitting shape will help you look sleek and slinky.

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If you want to downplay a lanky frame, these horizontal stripes will do the trick. Add a denim jacket and sandals—so simple and chic! Forever 21 striped tank maxi dress ($15.80,

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14 thoughts on “Maxi Dresses for Every Body Type

  1. Fashionista says:

    I absolutely love maxi dresses. They are so easy, comfortable and perfect for summer. The only problem I have with them is the length… sometimes they’re too short, or too long. I wonder if it’s worth it to get them altered.

  2. uptowngirl says:

    @Fashionista: Definitely! Small alterations can make a big difference in your clothes. I love maxi dresses, too – they feel as comfy as nightgowns.

  3. mothermeryl says:

    Ali Larter’s dress is so long – how does she not trip over the hem?

  4. booksorclothes says:

    I love the idea of maxi dresses, but wouldn’t they be hot?

  5. Yay heels says:

    I had no idea that Jennifer Anniston was short!

  6. miriama59 says:

    I love them but it would be nice to see one on larger women and not Jennifer. Just to see how one could wear it and not look huge.

  7. shaleeee says:

    Great dress…and Jen is not tall and it still looks perfect

  8. Yay heels says:

    @ Miriam- there’s a section for curvy gals in the article!

  9. blossom says:

    @Yay, I always thought that she was small framed and closer to 5’4″ but she is 5’6″. I was surprised by that.

  10. intrigue1 says:

    I am so glad to read this article. I am short and always thought icouldn’t wear the maxi dresses. The tip about finding a dress that skims the floor will be useful for me when I go shopping for a maxi dress.

  11. Yay heels says:

    @blossom-that’s funny, I always thought Jennifer was around 5’8! Not shorter. Oh, the magic of television….lol

  12. kkate says:

    @Miriam/@Yay heels

    it’s a little disappointing that nothing seems to come between curvy and plus size. i certainly don’t fall under average or petite, but can’t shop plus size.

  13. miss_wilson says:

    @kkate i think jessica simpson is a good example of that. shes not petite but she’s no where near plus size right?

  14. miss_wilson says:

    @kkate i think jessica simpson is a good example of that. shes not petite but she's no where near plus size right?

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