Long dresses have been a key staple in women’s wardrobes for decades. They even used to be the only acceptable form of clothing for a woman to wear. There were stipulations that the women had to meet or else they would be viewed as harlots. Luckily for women living in today’s times, there is much more freedom allotted in regards to the way we dress,
When it comes to long dress, or maxi-dresses, women tend to feel like they only have the option to throw it on and walk out the door, but there are many different ways to wear these types of dresses, and it is time for the secrets to rocking these fabulous dresses to be revealed.
Layer: When it comes to long dresses, they are typically just thrown on without any thought put into the outfit. However, if you were to throw on a denim jacket over the dress, you no longer have a simple, run-of-the-mill long dress. You are now ready for a day of casual shopping, or a lunch date.
Accessorize: There are generally questions on if and how a long dress should be accessorized, but it really is simple! By just throwing on a metallic, slim belt, a good pair of earrings, and some bangle bracelets, you have transformed the mediocre maxi dress to something you may see a celebrity wearing while out on the town.
Go for Color: Women are sometimes shy when it comes to fashion choices, so when it comes to long dresses, they tend to stick with neutral colors: black, grey, and creams just to name a few. However, one of the biggest ways you can stand out in a long dress is by wearing one in a color-block. There are many options out there from neon pink and green stripes to more elegant jewel tones that would be ideal for the workplace.
Pick the Right Shoes: Finding the right shoes for a long dress can be difficult. Do you wear heels? Wedges? Flats? There are so many options out there and that makes it difficult for women to choose which one fits best, but it all depends on what time of day you are wearing a long dress. If it is during the day, it is better to stick with a nice gladiator sandal or casual flat. When it comes to heels, however, you probably should stay away from stilettos. Wear a beach-style wedge so that you are not getting the heel stuck into the dress.
Choose the Right Length: When it comes to long dresses, they are typically made for women between the heights of five foot ten to six foot two. Make sure that the length of the dress hits directly on the ankle so that you are not tripping over the fabric, or getting it dirty from it dragging on the ground.
Choose the Right Bag: The type of purse that looks the best with this style of dress is a straw tote for carrying all of your stuff around during the day, and a clutch keeps the look classy for the night time.
Do Not Be Afraid of Patterns: Just like with not being afraid of wearing a more colorful dress, you should not look at a floral print maxi dress and immediately cross it off your list of choices. Patterns are generally more forgiving of the extra weight you may have gained from the winter months.
Think of the Weather: While dresses, especially long ones, are very comfortable options for any time of the year, it is more difficult to be on trend if you wear one during the cold months. Try and only wear them during the summer so that you can stay cool during the heat.
Do Not Forget Your Makeup: Long dresses are extremely casual, so if you want to feel more dressed up it is best to just throw on mascara in order to keep the eye neutral and wear a strong red or burgundy lipstick. The color on your lips will bring focus to the cut and silhouette of the dress.
Have Fun With Styling: Women tend to take wearing a long dress too seriously. If you are not enjoying a statement necklace, take it off and throw on a floppy sun hat instead.
Now that you are aware of the ten secrets that have been withheld from you in regard to long dresses, you can rock a maxi no matter the occasion without fear and with the confidence you deserve to have.