I love the summer time and, if I had my wish, I would wear and declare that the maxi dress become the uniform of choice in the summertime! The right summer dress is much more flattering than shorts, covers a multitude of sins in the "cellulite and/or I didn't have time to shave today" categories, and draws attention to the upper body, where most women are naturally leaner.
There are some good rules to remember when choosing a great summer dress.
Find a style that works with a traditional bra if you're not comfortable wearing a strapless bra on long, hot summer days.
Find a good convertible bra to give you as many options on necklines as possible.
Get a few good bandeau tops or tanks to avoid showing too much cleavage. (This is especially true if you are larger busted.)
Make sure your dress isn't see-through when the sun hits it.
Go with a solid color if you want and need a more dressed-up look.
Really play up the jewelry with a summer dress. (You can wear earrings with a maxi dress that would never work with golf shorts.)
Use a little bronzer, self tanner, or body glimmer if you want to step up your look.
Forget to take care of your feet, as they are much more noticeable in a maxi dress.
Overlook the importance of a cute, updated sandal. (By the way -- We have tons of great looking summer sandals at New For You right now!)
Wear a print in your accessories that competes with the print in your dress.
Overlook a little light makeup. It completes your look.
Forget to wear SPF!
Neglect the importance of a little shrug or scarf in case of chilly nights or when you need to pop into a store or restaurant where it's more appropriate to have your shoulders covered. (We have plenty of great little shrugs right now at
New For You!)
Wear a large, heavy, wintery handbag with your summery dress. (Again -- I know a great little consignment shop called New For You that has some great looking summer bags . . . :) )
Forget to stand up straight, put your shoulders back, and work it. Great posture makes a dress look a lot more expensive and makes you look younger and thinner.
Now, how do you choose a maxi dress that's right for your body type?
Curvy or fuller-busted women don't have to give up on a cute summer dress. If you're looking for an empire waist design, make sure it meets your body below the bust. If the dress hangs down from your bust, it will make you look bigger. Most fuller-busted women will be more comfortable in a traditional bra vs. a strapless bra for a long day. So look for a good convertible bra and dresses that cover your bra straps.
If you're on the petite side of things, look for more "pared down" silhouettes and be careful of prints that overwhelm. Also, be prepared to invest in getting the dress hemmed if it's too long. You don't want to be drowned by your dress, nor do you want to trip over it. You want to look like a smart, finished package.
If you like to accessorize with bold jewelry, then solid fabrics are a safer bet. If you like prints (and there are a lot of them this season), do the "full-length-mirror test" before you walk out the door to make sure your jewelry isn't competing with your print.
I love maxi dresses because they're cool, flattering, and feminine; but they're also one of the hottest trends for this spring and summer. The great thing about this season's dress trend is that there are styles that will work for every figure, whether you're curvy or lean, petite or tall.
One-piece dressing…you can't find that in the wintertime, unless it's pajamas with feet in them! So stock up on your summer dresses and enjoy! If you need a good starting place, check out all the fabulous dresses that we receive at New For You Consignment Boutique every day! Mini, maxi, or just “in between,” we’re your place to find the best dresses and jewelry at the very best prices! Please stop by and see us soon! We so look forward to having you in for a visit!
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"She clothes herself with strength and dignity, and smiles at her future . . ." Proverbs 31:25