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, 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,, paired with a boho tie dye print.

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A tiered strapless top and a festive red tribal print by BCBGMaxAzria ($288, 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. 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. @Fashionista: Definitely! Small alterations can make a big difference in your clothes. I love maxi dresses, too – they feel as comfy as nightgowns.

  3. 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.

  4. @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.

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