It's A Long Story: Midi Dresses That Convert to Maxis

Rust Brown Colored Midi Dress

There’s something about maxi dresses that make you feel more elegant and carefree. It’s a whole “I got my life together and don’t need to try hard” vibe. I especially have noticed the influx at outdoor concerts this summer. Most people dress in shorts, rompers, and short flowy dresses for that try-hard boho look. Trust me, if you have been to a tour stop on Florence and the Machine, you have seen this.

I really want to be into dresses right now for the summer, especially to cover my skin from the sun and go extra days without shaving. My genetics make it a challenge for me, even finding one in the petite section. Midi dresses are the perfect solution to the maxi dress search. On the average height person, they usually hit mid-calf or above. This is perfect for a petite person.

Here are a few tips for finding the right midi to make maxi:

  1. Finding the right cut

With midi dresses, the length can be a hit or miss, since it's supposed to hit midcalf. You might end up with a dress that ends awkwardly above your ankles. You can disguise that with styles that draw your waist in.

An A-line cut, which starts fitted and flows at the waist, gives you more shape and is ideal to drawing attention to your waist. If you are more into a fitted and slimming, look for a column style that has a leg slit. A little bit of a leg show gives the illusion that your legs are longer. An appropriate leg slit also helps you sit comfortably.

2. Solids over prints

I tried my hand at printed maxis, and they did not do me justice. Solid colors have a slimming effect and will make you look taller. Prints tend to cut your height down. A subtle stripe, polka dot print, or colorblock is excellent, but beyond that, I feel like I'm playing in my mom's obnoxious prints.

3. Picking the right shoes

Shoes are so crucial in completing an outfit. You can fix the feel of an outfit with just the right pair. Same goes for an awkward midaxi. Since the real purpose of a midi dress isn't suppose to be a maxi dress, sometimes flat sandals aren't the best choice, especially when they draw extra attention to your feet. You want some light strapped heels or a solid colored mid-heel.

4. Add an accessory

It's tempting to wear the shapeless maxis (and yes there is a difference between shapeless and fitted maxis) because they look casual and are pretty comfortable. Try adding an accessory to take away from the extra fabric floating around. Of course, I always recommend the belted look to control how accentuated you want your waist to be.


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