The Maxi Dress

The maxi dress has become as ubiquitous as the little black dress in recent years, appearing in designer fashion collections season after season. And, it’s not going anywhere in a hurry -- the maxi dress is still number one for spring, as the style suits almost every body type and projects a glam image. We show you how to work the Maxi dress look for spring 2010.

pink maxi dress An enduring style

The trend to wear full-length dresses first hit runways around 2007, and over the years the range of styles, fabrics and designs available has only increased.

Maxi dresses are stylish and fun way to convert the high-fashion look of the runway into a wearable trend. It's a style that suits all types, as shorter girls appear taller when sporting a maxi dress, and taller ladies are able to showcase their natural height.

The maxi dress is perfect for spring, as the length helps you fend off mossies -- and a drop in temperature -- at night, while the lightweight fabric makes this style suitable for warmer climates.

Virtually everyone has a trusty maxi dress or two in the wardrobe, so here are a few tips to update the Maxi dress look for spring 2010.

Add a belt

A belt is a great choice as it cinches in your maxi dress at the waist, adding definition and creating an hourglass figure. This is perfect for women with straight body types, and for those who want to maximise their buxom assets up top!

Wear a lightweight scarf

No longer strictly a winter trend, a soft, lightweight scarf can add a splash of colour and interest to an otherwise plain frock. Be sure to pair a solid coloured scarf with a patterned maxi dress, and vice versa, to ensure your look isn't too busy and cluttered.

Embrace statement accessories

On a relaxed, warm spring day, when you're heading out for lunch or to a friend's house for a BBQ, pair your maxi dress with some statement jewellery: think chunky beaded necklaces, stacks of multi-coloured bangles or over-sized dangly earrings. Just be careful not to wear too many accessories at once, or you risk resembling a Christmas tree!

Consider your jacket options

A slouchy three-quarter sleeve cardigan or cropped denim jacket is perfect for those slightly cooler spring evenings, when you need a little more coverage, but you don't want to drown out your maxi dress with layers. Steer clear of bulky jackets or chunky knits where possible, as they can overwhelm your look.

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