Wednesday 21 March 2018

Meet the new maxi dress

Cat Deeley is stunning in an embellished maxi dress. Photo: Getty Images
Cat Deeley is stunning in an embellished maxi dress. Photo: Getty Images
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 15: Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen attend the 7th Annual CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards>> at Skylight SOHO on November 15, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images)

If you want to make an entrance at that upcoming New Year’s Eve party, ditch the thigh-high mini and opt for a floor-sweeping maxi frock.

This type of dress has been doing the rounds for years now, but is usually the preserve of summer catwalks.

Women have embraced the carefree, boho look it conjures up, especially as when paired with a big pair of shades and some sparkly flip-flops it’s a trend which is stylish and comfortable in equal measures.

However, for winter the maxi-dress has been revved up a notch. Forget soft jersey or cosy cotton, the night-time dress is all about allure.

Silk and chiffon are key fabrics for the look, with sequins and shiny beads thrown in to up the glamour. Key to the look are long sleeves, which give it a sense of elegance.

Mary-Kate Olsen has worn a stunning fitted lace version, with clear sleeves and a high neck over a white bodice. The gown pooled around her ankles, and was in a nude colour.

She showed it is possible for petite women to try this trend, just remember to keep the dress fitted so it doesn’t swamp you.

Cat Deeley also opted for a tight version, going for a bold geometric pattern. There is no doubt this is a trend which is great for showing off curves, but best to invest in some waist-cinching underwear if you do go for the spray-on variety.

To really nail the look opt for a version with an embellishment either on the shoulders or beneath the bust line, and with long sleeves. Although sleeveless varieties are available, it’s having the arms covered which make this seem so fashion-forward.

If you’re feeling really daring, try one with a cut-out around the side. If that’s a step too far, just glam yours up with fancy earrings and some sky-high heels.

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