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A maxi dress is not simply a convenient cover-up for the summer: it can be worn at any time of year and for many different occasions. Here are some ideas for both casual and more formal opportunities to enjoy the comfort and freedom of a maxi dress.

Full-length dresses are always flattering if you usually wear plus-size clothes, but whatever your body shape and size, a maxi dress can look good in so many different situations.

Wearing a Maxi Dress for Work

For days at the office, forget the florals and opt for a smart-casual look incorporating checks, stripes or self coloured dresses. Forget the plunging necklines and choose dresses with more formal features such as collars and cuffs to add a businesslike touch to your dress. A maxi dress for the office is still easy to wear and helps you to look stylish at work. Add a structured jacket if you have to attend a formal meeting.

According to Frisk Jewellery, in 1968 maxi dresses were pioneered by Oscar de la Renta, and they have never really been out of fashion since.

Wearing a Maxi Dress for Holidays

Long dresses in vibrant florals and prints are ideal for the holidays. You can wear them to cover up on the beach, keep cool at the beach bar and look elegant right through to the evening. They are so comfortable to wear that you won’t want to pack much else! A wide range of maxi dresses for your holidays is available online from retailers such as AX Paris, and you will find that they are easy to pack as well as to wear. Team with sandals and sunglasses for the daytime and killer heels and stunning earrings for evenings.

Wearing a Maxi Dress for a Special Occasion

Whether it is a formal occasion, a christening or a summer wedding, a maxi dress can help you to look stylish. Choose from floaty pastel styles or more dramatic structured dresses in darker hues depending on the event. If you are attending a wedding, find out the colour scheme beforehand so that you can complement rather than conflict with the bridesmaids’ dresses or, worse still, blend into the wedding party.

The important thing, whatever the occasion, is to add appropriate accessories to complement and complete the look.