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What is a Maxi Dress?

What is a Maxi dress anyway?

A maxi dress is a floor or ankle length informal dress. Maxi dresses are formfitting at the top and loose flowing at the bottom, cut to flow over the body. They are usually made out of cotton or polyester and come in a variety of necklines, colors and patterns. That is the official definition from Wikipedia.

The Savvy Sassy definition is a long flowing dress that makes moms very happy during the summer!  A Maxi dress is easy to throw on, chic and super comfortable.  You can either wear them with flip flops for a casual beach look or dress them up with fun accessories and some summer wedges!

Yes, everyone can wear a Maxi Dress but there are some things you need to think about to look your best in that Maxi Dress. So here are some of my Savvy Sassy “Best Dressed Maxi Dress Tips!”

Length – Make sure it is not too short and cuts you off at the ankles this may make you look shorter than you are or that it shruck in the wash.  It should not drag on the floor either, you should take the time to hem a dress that is too long.  Some brands carry petite length for those of us under 5’4;)


I like this Jessica Simpson Maxi Dress, but it should not be this long, you should see some toes and sandals.

This Hinge Maxi length shown here is the perfect length.

Large Breasts / Plus Size – If you are lucky to be well endowed you should wear a maxi dress with straps.  A halter style or wider straps are best. Why?  Well, because if you do not have straps to hold those girls up it can be overwhelming for those around you because it looks like they may pop out at any moment.  Straps will also prevent any sagging.

Donna Morgan Plus Size Maxi Dress

Small Breasts– You can get away with the strapless because well those little girls are safe and secure.  However by wearing one with straps it creates more definition around that area or if the straps are wide enough you can wear a bra to push those puppies up.  You may wany to also consider a belt around the waist so it shows some curves.  You don’t want to look like you just threw on a sheet.

Collective Concepts Maxi Dress

Prints – Be careful some large prints look very cheap and a little tacky, make sure you have a BOLD print personality.  Choosing a solid color Maxi dress is sometimes makes more of a statement if you pair it with the right accessories.  If you choose a printed maxi dress cinched at the waist is best or use a belt to break up the pattern.  I like the smaller floral patterns, they look boho- chic and romantic.

Charlie Jade Maxi Dress

Shoes- Maxi dresses are suppose to be pretty casual so cute sandals or flip flops are perfect.  If you are looking to dress it up or add some height, wedges and espadrilles are best.  All of the nude, taupe and neutral tone sandals and wedges are great because they go with so many things and those wedges can work their way into fall with jeans as well.

Steve Madden Sandal

I LOVE these Charles David Espadrilles


Seychelles Wedge in Taupe but I also LOVE the Black!

Well, there you have it my Savvy Sassy Guide to looking your Best in that Maxi Dress.
What do you think?  Share your savvy opinions or sassy thoughts with me!

Meet the Author | Andrea Fellman

Andrea Fellman is a Mom who hasn't lost her style to motherhood. She is the owner and editor-in-chief of Savvy Sassy Moms and manages a team of creative contributors that work hard to keep moms up to date on the latest trends. Andrea loves social media and works on a variety of social media campaigns with brands big and small. Connect with Savvy Sassy Moms on Instagram Andrea's biggest passion is traveling with her family and is currently living in Costa Rica! She is writing about her travels over at Wanderlust Living and you can follow her personal journey on Instagram

  • July 19, 2011

    I totally agree about the length!

  • June 16, 2012

    Maxi dress my area commonly referred to as a long dress

  • May 18, 2013

    Maxi Dresses are mostly suits to tall girl as it’s length is log. Log dress for long lady.

  • Abigail
    June 14, 2013

    Great outfit – and great blog too. Please stop by my shop about maxi dresses when you have time. Thank you!

  • Abigail Mae
    January 8, 2014

    thanks for the tips! now i know what type of maxi dress to buy the next time i go shopping.

  • July 23, 2014

    I love the colors in the Jessica Simpson maxi dress, but you’re right, it’s too long.

  • huafu
    May 20, 2015

    I like the gray full length dress
    Thank you for sharing

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