Dress to the Max(i)!

Maxi dresses have been around for quite a few seasons, and from looking around this year, that’s not about to change any time soon.  Maxi dresses can be worn for pretty much any occasion:  to the beach, lunching and shopping with friends, a glamorous evening do, or to a wedding – it’s just a case of choosing the style that best flatters your shape (just like in the bikini post).  The other important thing to consider when choosing a maxi, is making sure the length is absolutely right for your height:  too long and you’ll look swamped and too short will make you look as if you’ve bought the wrong length dress!  If it’s good enough for the SATC ladies, then I think it’s good enough for us!  The good news is that women of all shapes and sizes can look good in a maxi!

Image credit Sexandthecity.com

So here’s my edit of some of the loveliest maxi dresses around at the moment.

  1. ALICE by Temperley Yasmine laced maxi dress, £395 from Net-A-Porter
  2. Cool Change St Tropez bandeau dress, £195 from Harvey Nichols (also available in navy)
  3. Seafolly coral gladiator maxi, £82.50 from my-wardobe.com
  4. Jaro maxi dress, £70 from ASOS
  5. Pink dip-dyed bandeau maxi, £14.99 from H&M (also available in black & leopard print)
  6. ALICE by Temperley Marala maxi, £395 from Net-A-Porter (also available in white)
  7. London Rock stripe maxi, £175 from French Connection 
  1. Striped maxi, £59.99 from Mango
  2. Ditsy Leaf maxi dress, £62 from French Connection (also available in red)
  3. Mango patterned maxi dress, £39.99 from ASOS
  4. Celetste maxi dress, £75 from Banana Republic
  5. Leopard print dress, £124.99 from Mango
  6. Oasis butterfly print dress, £55 from ASOS
  7. Derhy Persienne maxi, £150 from John Lewis
  1. Amanda Wakely draped belted jersey maxi, £560 from Net-A-Porter (also available in taupe)
  2. Mint velvet sequin maxi dress, £59 from John Lewis (also available in mink)
  3. Aqua kimono maxi dress, £150 from ASOS
  4. Spell On You maxi dress, £150 from French Connection
  5. V-neck maxi, £89.99 from Mango
  6. Ghost Novella cowl back dress, £195 from John Lewis
  7. Coast Lori maxi dress, £195 from ASOS
  1. Derhy Ablya maxi, £99 from John Lewis
  2. Oasis necklace maxi, £55 from ASOS
  3. Gerard Darel Angelina maxi, £225 from John Lewis
  4. Pink cotton maxi, £29.50 from Marks and Spencer (also available in white)
  5. Geri green maxi dress, £45 from Next
  6. Blue jersey dress, £199.9 from H&M 
  7. Oasis pleated button maxi dress, £75 from ASOS

Domestic Princess Tips:

  1. Don’t buy a dress that pinches or is tight; buy the next size up, which will be far more flattering and get it tailored if necessary.
  2. Wear with a pair of flat sandals, or a pair of wedges during the day and something sparkly and more dainty in the evening.  Anything else will make you look frumpy.
  3. If the dress has too much volume and is making you look bigger than you actually are, add a belt to cinch you in at the waist.
  4. Closed toe shoes and boots are an absolutely no no with a maxi.
  5. A v-neck will create an elongated look, making you look a little bit taller (larger busted women should always opt for a v-neckline, regardless of the item of clothing).
  6. Larger women should avoid strapless maxis and opt for ones with straps that can accommodate a bra, and also choose larger prints.
  7. If you’re on the short side, opt for maxis in dark colours, as these will make you look taller, or choose one with a small print.
  8. A plain maxi can be dressed-up or down.
  9. If you’re purchasing your first maxi dress this year, I’d suggest going for a plain colour.
  10. Apple shaped ladies will look great in empire line maxis.

Have you spotted any favourites here?  Do you love maxi dresses?  Will you be wearing one this summer?

With much love

The Domestic Princes




  1. Marysia McDonnell Smith says:

    Some really stunning ones here thanks Em ! so up my street!!! xxx

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