The weather today may not be maxi weather, but you can't deny we've had a fabulous amount of sunshine recently. It's one of the reasons so many people have rushed out to buy maxi dresses. It's not yet warm enough to bare all, but a floaty maxi dress keeps you looking and feeling cool for day or evening. I was sent the eye print strapless maxi from Goddiva to give a try and I'm converted to the long dres since wearing it last weekend.
I always thought in the past that being a petite 5ft 3, maxi dresses might swamp me but actually, if you get the right style, this needn't be the case. The one I had was cut very close around ad under the bust which meant it gave me a nipped in shape rather than hanging straight down. The fabric was quite fine, but the weight of the long skirt meant that it skimmed over lumps and bumps rather than clinging.
I've been looking for some more maxi dresses and Debenhams have some really nice ones. Goddiva has a great selection (including the one I tried in blue rather than orange) but stores like New Look haven't quite got it right. Its a shame because the price point in New Look is perfect for stocking up on holiday essentials. I tried on 4 in there and none were any good at all.
I wore my maxi with a bold piece of jewellery, sunglasses, a cropped cardigan and flip flops. Wedges would also work really well. There's one word of warning for shorter ladies who live in London though... your maxi will sweep along the floor, collect dirt and turn your feet black if you're in sandals - yuck! Makes you realise just how grubby cities can be.
Here are some celebs who've been sporting the maxi recently...
Anna Friel looks cute in red florals.
Don't forget about strap marks like Miley Cyrus has.
I love this strapless number worn by Roxanne Pallett.
Nicole works a pale and interesting pattern.
Taylor Momsen in a lingerie-inspired maxi.