· By Scarlett Poppies

How to Make Maxi Dresses Work in 2021

Maxi dresses should be part of every women’s wear collection. This ankle-length dress is not only a perfect trans-seasonal piece, but it can also offer effortless comfort, timeless style, and fashion flexibility.

Fashion to the Max(i)

Maxi dresses have been around since the 1930s and have been in and out of the fashion scene in the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘90s. While it gets its fair share of ups and downs in the fashion history wheel, new designs and materials have made maxi dresses a modern woman’s fashion staple.

With textile technology innovations and awareness about sustainable fashion, you can now purchase maxi dresses that use earth-friendly materials and are made using ethical practices. Such fashion philosophies are in every fiber of Scarlett Poppies’ clothing and fashion accessories collections, allowing you to enjoy fashion made with a purpose.

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If you’re only discovering the maxi dress now, then you’re in for a treat as we at Scarlett Poppies have put together some style tips and tricks for making this piece of clothing work for you in 2021. For long-time maxi dress enthusiasts, read on and get clued in on the latest information on how to style these long dresses.

1.        Know Your Body Type

The first consideration that you have to bear in mind is your body type. Some people are hesitant to try on maxi dresses for fear of looking awkward in this type of clothing. However, if you match your particular body type with a specific cut or silhouette, you can confidently wear a maxi dress.

To avoid swimming in a sea of fabric, choose a maxi dress with a hemline that grazes the top of your feet. It is best if your dress does not go above your ankle. For women with petite frames, finding the perfect length may mean that you should have one maxi dress tailor-made or by just taking your new dress and have the length perfected according to what works for you.

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Taller women may have to try different ones to find the right length, or may need to be more mindful of the size guide when buying maxi dresses online.

Make sure to also go for cuts and fabrics that are loose in areas that you want hidden but still drape just over your curves. Maxi dresses in A-line or empire cut designs can make one look slimmer, while those with V-necks can give the illusion of an elongated body.

2.        Accentuate with Accessories

Another style tip that we can give to make maxi dresses work for you is to work with the right accessories. The year 2021 is all about backless maxi dresses or minimalist maxis. With bareback maxis such as our Sunset Mood Chiffon Backless Maxi Dress, you are good to go with just a pair of simple hoop earrings. The dress cut and print speaks for itself.

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Minimalist maxis such as our Graphic Maxi Tiered Strap Dress  can be dressed up with our Embroidered Fashion Mask or accentuated with our Seychelles Shell-Embellished Bag or Purse.

You can also go for big hoop or tassel earrings, bold bangles, or hair scarves – and the thumb rule is to keep it simple if the color or print of the dress is loud and expressive. Less is indeed very often more.

3.        Play with Colors and Patterns

Colors and patterns can also help infuse verve into any maxi dress outfit. Choose one in neutral colors like black or white for a more elegant air or go bold with bright colors such as orange or spicy yellow. Graphic floral prints or a multi-print one like our Tiered Maxi Dress with Long Sleeves also lend a more playful appeal.

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Again, remember to consider your body type when choosing prints. Stick to smaller prints and patterns like dainty florals, mini polka dots, and thin stripes if you don’t want large prints to overwhelm your body proportions. If you want to appear slimmer, choose to wear maxi dresses with denser patterns.

Our full sleeve maxi dress Mixology has splicing print, two artworks in the same color, beautifully blended within the tiers, bodice and sleeves.

4.        Incorporate Textures

Turn up the visual volume by choosing textured fabrics or designs that feature beadwork embroidery, sequins or lace embellishments.

Most of our collections at Scarlett Poppies feature beautiful embellishments and excellent hand embroidery. These timeless designs add a unique flair to each garment and make it a worthy investment.

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You can also mix and match pieces with different textures or fabrics to add interest to your outfit. For example, a denim jacket over a maxi dress made of linen gauze material can add more character to your fashion ensemble.

5.        Find the Right Footwear

Another way to glam up your maxi dress is to choose the appropriate footwear.

In 2021, expect a shoe trend that includes clogs, chunky boots, mules, platform thongs, retro sneakers, and flats such as brogues, oxfords, and loafers. All of these are fantastic choices to pair with your maxi dress as long as they are appropriate for the occasion or weather.

For the summer, keep it simple and timeless by teaming up with flat leather sandals. Our true favorite at Scarlett Poppies is without doubt the hand-made leather sandals from the Greek brand Ancient Greek Sandals, www.ancient-greek-sandals.com. Effortlessly cool, understated and just right.

Embroidered kaftan summer dresses

Maximum Style

Maxi dresses can be a classic addition to any closet. You can consider this kind of garment an essential element of any wardrobe because of its versatility. Consider purchasing a maxi dress, especially when you are building a capsule wardrobe. Choose one that has a timeless design, cut, and color that suits you and if this kind of garment is new to you, choose a timeless classic color made to last beyond seasons.

More importantly, go for maxi dresses made with excellent craftsmanship and made of natural materials, just like how we do it at Scarlett Poppies. Check out our collections and shop today.