Maxi Dresses | Summer Style

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Last week, I tweeted that “maxi dresses” were not in my vocabulary or closet. I have nothing against maxi dresses, but I’m more inclined to wear a leg-baring dress instead of a floor length dress. My friend, Aja, saw my tweet and responded with: “Mel I want a long summer dress!!!! Do a blog on where tall girls like me can find them!! Thanks lol.A reader’s request is my command.

Celeb Style Maxi Dresses Spring/Summer 2011Celebs in Maxi Dresses: Jennifer Hudson in a striped maxi dress and brown platforms, Jamie Chung in Blu Moon’s Leopard Summer Lovin’ Maxi Dress, Rachel Bilson in Derek Lam + EBay Boho Maxi Dress.

Every spring and summer, you can find maxi dresses in a plethora of styles, colors and sizes. You can wear maxi dresses with your favorite sandals or chunky platforms. You can keep your maxi dress style ├╝ber casual for the day and add a blazer & chic accessories to take into the night. The free-flowing, Boho-chic style of many maxi dresses makes them a great option for those who want a dress that drapes, but does not hug the body. (A forgiving style is definitely a must for taking advantage of barbecue season!)

While taller people may find maxi dresses in perfect lengths, tailoring is your best bet if your maxi dress is a little too long for your liking. Holding up a dress all day to avoid tripping seems like quite the hassle. You could also tie a knot at the bottom of your maxi dress for a chic, draped look.

Whether you’re looking for long-sleeved maxis, halter maxis, strapless maxis, print maxis, etc, check out my chic, maxi dress picks below. I’ve already saved a few of them to my wish list. Who knows…I may be a maxi dress convert.

Maxi Dresses for All Shapes & Sizes Spring Summer 2011

(l-r): Kona Maxi Dress, $198 (Free People); Halter Tea-Length Dress, $34 (Old Navy); BCBGMAXAZRIA Amara Tribal Patchwork Maxi Dress, $178 (Bloomingdales); Ruffle Maxi Dress, $69.50 (Victoria’s Secret); Wal G Striped Jersey Maxi Dress, $58 (Topshop); Wink Wynona Maxi Dress, $232 (shopbop); Smudge Print Maxi Dress, $120.02 (ASOS)

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