Maxi Dresses for Every Body Type

Find the maxi dress that suits you best.
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Jennifer Aniston

Provided you’ve got some heels to give you some height, average body types can play around comfortably with various maxi dress styles. Jennifer Aniston’s been photographed in quite a few maxis. Ideally you want a dress that hits the ankle, isn’t so voluminous and drapey that it adds on extra pounds, and has a natural or empire waistline that gives you a slim yet womanly shape.

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Our Picks:

Trade your typical LBD in for this strapless number with its eye-catching polka-dot print by J. Crew ($275, jcrew.com). A great choice for the 4 million weddings you’ve been invited to this year.

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Flash some skin in this plunging V-neck by Alternative Apparel ($68, urbanoutfitters.com), paired with a boho tie dye print.

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A tiered strapless top and a festive red tribal print by BCBGMaxAzria ($288, bcbg.com) equals a perfect summer sundress. Add a brown leather belt and wooden-heeled platforms.

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Erin Donnelly is a London-based fashion writer for sites such as StyleList and Refinery 29.

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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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