Maxi dresses are a great addition to any summer or winter wardrobe, and they can be dressed up or dressed down, depending on your mood and the occasion. Their long hemlines make them an elegant and versatile choice, but if you are not quite sure what maxi dress to choose, or how to style it, keep reading. We’ll share a few tips and tricks to help you look your best.

Choose the right colour

Different skin tones suit different colours, and when you choose a dress, you need to bear this in mind. If you are not sure what colour will suit you, a black maxi dress is always a safe option, but if you prefer brighter colours, select a red, blue, green or even yellow, that will complement your skin tone.

Go for a flattering fit

The best part about a maxi dress is that it can be made in a huge variety of styles and patterns. Different necklines, dropped or high waists, long slits at the back, the sides, or even the front and a variety of thin or thicker straps or sleeves are just some of what you’ll find. This means you can go with a pattern that perfectly suits your body shape and that highlights your good bits and hides your flaws. If you’ve got long legs, slits can be a good choice, or if you want to show off a bit of cleavage a deep V-neck works wonderfully.

Pick plain or a pattern

Regardless of whether you stick with a plain black maxi dress or pick one with a riot of colour, there should be one that is your perfect match. Plain colour dresses can be beautifully accessorised with a few statement accessories, and a wide belt, shrug or contrasting coloured cardigan can look really good. Heels and handbags can also be used to complement a black maxi dress, and if you’ve opted for a bright pattern, it’s better to keep the accessories plain.

Find fabulous fabric

Maxi dresses are best suited to light, airy fabrics that have good flow, and they can also combine fabrics such as lace and chiffon to create gorgeous filmy layers. Light cotton is the perfect option for summer, and if you are looking for a more winter appropriate option, velvet could work really well too.