Become a maxi-nista!


Floor length dresses are a huge hit on and off the ramp this year. Designers, celebrities and trend setters are flaunting maxi-dresses everywhere. These dresses are inspired from gowns but are more easy-breezy and free-spirited. They are available in a medley of different prints and colors. Maxi-dresses are just the perfect way to look sassy this summer. If dressing like a hippie and being the quintessential bohemian girl suits your personality, make these dresses a staple item this season.

They are available in single colors, bold geometric prints; maxi-dresses can be pulled off as casual wear or work really well even for a night out. What more, is that one can layer them up with a loose shirt or a denim jacket to try different styles! Pair it up with flat sandals, aviators and a whole bunch of accessories to spice up your look.

Playing with different kinds of scarves and bags will revive the mundane style. Statement belts and lots of bangles always gel well with these dresses. Maxis go well with flip-flops and wedges, so give the stilettos and strappy sandals a miss. This is exactly what makes them so fashionable! One can dress up or maintain a low-key depending on the occasion and the place.

Different patterns, fabrics, and silhouettes make maxi-dresses popular among women of all shapes and sizes. It has also broken the myth; that maxi dresses are only for models and skinny women. The market and stores are flooded with designs for the young, middle-aged, petite, and even expecting mothers.

The Maxi dress became visible for the first time on the fashion scene in the 1960s. Oscar de la Renta designed a lace version in cotton for the Elizabeth Arden Salon in 1968.

Thus, began the era of the gorgeous maxi dress. Soon leading designers like YSL, Halston, and Dior followed the fad and introduced maxi like kaftans. The 70’s witnessed the much loved maxis in psychedelic colors, paisley prints and abstract colors. And, now again the maxis are back with a bang, and are here to stay. The spring 2012 saw designers like Valentino, Gaultier, Michael Kors, and Alberta Ferretti showcasing maxi dresses and bombarding the runway. Why have the maxis lasted forever and survived the changing trends?

The flexibility and ease of the maxis make them not just a summer garment, but also something one can slip into even in winters. Trade in the shirts, flats, and scarves for a leather jacket, boots, and leggings, and one is good to go out in the cold. With so many varieties available, one can get confused. The maxis for summer have hem lines up to your ankle, which means one can go a little short on the length.

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