Short Girls Can Wear Maxis Too
I’ve always been a big fan of mini dresses and skirts and to be honest, I’ve never thought about wearing a maxi dress until recently. Being the short girl that I am (I’m roughly 5’2″), I’ve always had the impression that maxi dresses would never look good on me because of my height. Shopping for the right maxi dress can become a real challenge, especially since I live in America, and even when I search the petite section I usually find dresses that are still way too long for me.
But now that I think about it, I don’t think short girls should be intimidated by maxi dresses or long skirts because of their size. Although I think mini dresses look great, I really believe that short girls can pull off a maxi dress any day. If we can wear long gowns at proms and formal parties, why not a casual maxi dress in the nice summer season?
I know that many short girls think that maxis drown us in fabric or make us look even shorter, but I think you can look great if you pick the right shape and fit. Here’s a few tips of mine that I always think about when shopping for maxis:
1. Fitting is key. A lot of maxis are very voluminous and flowy, but if you’re on the shorter side, I recommend looking out for more slim and form fitting ones. If you do happen to have a rather loose fitting maxi, try cinching it around your waist with a belt to accentuate your frame.
2. Solid colors and fine patterns work better. Although big bold patterns and a ray of color can be fun, sometimes it can be a bit too much or a little unflattering for the body.
3. Consider getting it hemmed. We often get stumped on the length of the dress, but depending on the style, many maxis can be shortened to fit your height by hemming them without ruining the design. If you want to hem the dress, stay away from those that have ruffles or frills at the bottom because those tend to be more difficult to trim. And if hemming is not a possibility, you can always wear heels instead of flats to get rid of some of the extra length.
4. Accessorize around the maxi dress and keep it simple. The maxi dress is going to be your focal point, so you don’t have to go all out an wear big statement jewelry or accessorize too much.
These are a couple of things I check for when I look at maxi dresses. Are maxis part of your wardrobe and what are your styling tips?