Fashion 118: can I wear a maxidress?

25 August 2009

I would really like to wear a maxidress but I am only 5ft tall. I don’t want to be swamped in a sea of busy pattern, nor do I want to rely hugely on heels. I am a size 10. Any ideas? Fairykitty

You can do this. Consider pocket princesses Kylie Minogue, Nicole Richie and Eva Longoria (above), for whom maxidresses are wardrobe staples. The key is to keep the shape as fluid and simple as possible. Avoid too many frills and flounces. Solid colours are best. Geometric prints are a big NO. But you can get away with small prints and ombre shading. If you are going to wear flats, try to show some skin around your shoulder.

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