How to Wear a Maxi Skirt or Maxi Dress for Your Body Shape

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how to wear a maxi for your body shape

Maxi skirts and dresses are everywhere again this summer here in Australia.

They can be a glamorous addition to your wardrobe, work for day and night (though not the office).  There are a few tips to consider when wearing maxi’s depending on your height and body shape which I’ll share with you here. So what are my tips on how to wear a maxi skirt for your body shape?

How to Wear a Maxi if You’re Petite

Most often I hear that petites find them tricky to wear and they can be if you choose a style with too much volume and wear them too long.

  • End them around the ankle, rather than dragging on the ground.
  • Make sure they are made from a fluid fabric that doesn’t swamp you, avoid too many gathers and lots of fabric.
  • Keep patterns in scale with your body, avoid large scale patterns.
Petite maxi style

 

Petite maxi style by imogenl featuring a white skirt

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How to Wear a Maxi if You are an H shape (or lack a defined waist)

  • Avoid gathers and anything belted or pleated around the waist
  • With maxi-dresses, an empire style is the most flattering
  • Straighter shapes follow the lines of your body and flatter.

 

Maxi tips for straight body shapes

 

 

How to Wear a Maxi if You have an X or A shape (or have a defined waist)

  • You want a waisted style that you can cinch in to show off your defined waist.
  • A flared shape follows your curves
  • Look for fabrics that drape softly and move as you walk

 

maxi tips for curvy body shapes

 

 

How to Wear a Maxi if You are Tall

  • It’s hard to find things long enough for you most of the time, but a maxi for you should come at least to your ankles, if not a little longer.
  • Play with horizontal details if you want to look shorter
  • Work with your body shape recommendations as mentioned above if you are either more curvy or more straight
maxi tips for tall women

 

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15 Comments

  • Wow, I had never considered how variations there were in maxi skirts/dresses, and your suggestions make great sense to enhance the various body types!

  • Nice picture Imogen. You have a large wardrobe to choose from it seems. Guess it goes with the job. I’ll have to take you shopping one day. I can never find a thing makes me look nice. Colour swatches or not.

  • Imogen – Thanks for the wonderful article – what about A and O shapes when they want to wear maxi dresses?

    Thanks – Tina

  • Great article! But what if you are petite and X-shaped? It seems the flare recommended for X shapes would swallow a petite frame?

    • The tips with petite is not too much fabric – you can still follow the lines of shapes for the X but without swamping yourself in lots of gethering or extra fabric.

  • As an H/V inbetween, I find, maxis don’t match my bady shape at all. They just take away from my hips, expose my flat bum and broad upper body and hide my best parts: My legs. Never really found one that I liked to wear, although I keep hoping and trying.

    • I think the maxis that have a sheer overlay over a pencil or other short shape underneath would give you the coverage of a maxi, with the pop of leg flirtily visible.

  • Great post! I’m really petite and it’s hard for me to wear maxi dresses that don’t make me look like I’m playing dress up. https://www.limelush.com/maxi/ was one of the few clothing sites that fit well, if anyone is looking for some suggestions. Any other recommendations ?

  • Do you have any recommendations for the shape of maxi skirts? I’m an 8, and while I wear my knee skirts in pencil style, I think I look better in a-line maxis. Makes any sense?

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