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19 Oct

My style guide The Maxi Dress

It’s all about the maxi dress this season, such a major trend to pin your sartorial hopes on, especially if you need to channel easy-chic…when you want to look like you’ve tried hard, without trying hard, at all, and I’m genuinely NOT joking.  It’s the ultimate stylist tip, the mega maxi dress, but the trick is in the shape and colour you choose, yet it’s not always as easy as it seems.

It’s one of the greatest debates and I frequently find myself squashing objections. Some think it’s not for the ‘petite’, too overdressed for the office and certainly a no-no for weekend wear.  BUT the maxi can be ALL of these things to you, and more – it’s an extreme multi-tasker.  I say the maxi is the definitive mark of our sartorial day.  For summer pair with wedges and feathers in your hair, however Autumn/Winter calls for leather or denim jackets, t-bar flats or white flatforms.

If you’re pear shaped, hourglass or rectangular best to opt for v neck with ruffles and a cinched in waist, a decent ankle length finish, as well as elbow or wrist length sleeves. Clear brights for soft yellow skin tones, muted, earthy shades for darker olive skins and select blue tinted/icy shades if you have rosy skin tones.  I’ve hand selected my favourite mega maxi’s, so look no further.

Camilla Ridley is my go-to London dress maker, she’s the ultimate Queen of print and pattern.  Every dress tells a story.  Discover yours.

Ridley London Maxi Dresses, £399.

I’m wearing The Lauren Carnival chiffon Maxi with ruffled neckline, 100% silk crepe de chine. Super flattering for hourglass, pear shapes and rectangular bodies. The V-neck elongates, makes the waist appear smaller and the shoulder ruffle gives height and confidence.

 

Ridley London Black Painters Lauren Maxi Dress, £399.

 

Ridley London Coral Margot Maxi Silk Dress, £399.

Ruched neckline, uber-comfy elasticated waistband (ideal for supper party attire), with tie at neck. 100% silk crepe de chine. Cuffed sleeves. But the highlight? You can wash this dress on 30 degrees! What’s not to love?

 

Boho Beach fest in Wimbledon village always have sumptuous choices handpicked by Sara.

Miss J Bandana Maxi from Boho Beach Fest Wimbledon Village, £198.

Miss J Blue print Bandana maxi dress, £198. Embelished, button down maxi with front slit and v neck is a serious contender for dress of the year.

Yes ladies, the maxi is elegant, will deliver a solution for every occasion, dress her up, dress her down and with a swish and a kick…you’ll be fashionably floaty for Autum/Winter.

Discover which maxi suits your shape with my Body Shape Analysis services and find out which colours you should be wearing with a colour consultation.  If you ‘ve never found your perfect maxi, then book a personal shopping session with me. To contact me click here.

 

Charlotte Broadbent

I'm a professional, qualified Personal Stylist, helping people to look their best to be their best through styling, colour consultations, body shape analysis and personal shopping

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