YOUR GUIDE TO [the coming] SUMMER STYLE: MIDI AND MAXI DRESSES
Chicos is my sister store to Soma Intimates. Occasionally I find something I like there in spite of their weird sizing. If you do not know your Chico's sizing then best to always shop in the store where you can try it. The craziness that I wear a ".5" in their pull o pants in mind blowing. Takes vanity sizing to whole new level.
I receive Chico's news letter and found this interesting piece on Midi and Maxi Dresses. It add insight to a confusing dress / skirt length.
|Puff-Sleeve Smocked Midi Dress|
Midi length dresses and skirts have been popular since the 1940s. This hem length usually hits the calf at the midpoint between the knee and the ankle. By the 1960s, it looked like midis would be replaced by mini skirts and dresses, but the legendary publisher of Women’s Wear Daily John Fairchild said 1970 would be “the year of the midi.” While it didn’t happen overnight, by the 1980s, midi length garments were packing women’s closets again. They’ve been a favorite of consumers and designers ever since.
Why has this style stayed fashionable for so long, even with the advent of other lengths? Some say this style has stayed relevant because it looks so sophisticated. Also, it can be incorporated into other popular cuts and fits, like embellished necklines, A-line silhouettes, and wedge hems.
STYLING THE MIDI
When it comes to styling summer dresses for women, accessorizing midi length can be as simple as adding a few key elements. Take our Puff-Sleeve Smocked Midi Dress for example. All you need is a comfortable and chic pair of heeled sandals, and you’re all set for Sunday brunch or date night.
Additional credits to popularizing maxi dresses and skirts include the 1965 film Doctor Zhivago. The length was used when costume designer Phyllis Dalton was tasked with creating dresses that fit the film’s setting in pre-revolutionary Russia. Then, a 1966 Vogue spread featuring Barbra Streisand in a floral print maxi dress created a stir around the new style.
Since the 1960s, maxi lengths have gone in and out of fashion, like most cuts and lengths do. Now, the maxi length is a favorite again, but what makes it so appealing? It’s likely returned to the closets of consumers because it flatters any body type at any height. Whether you’re petite, curvy, lean, or tall, maxi dresses can suit you.
STYLING THE MAXI
It’s commonly known that maxi lengths are especially great for petite figures, because they lengthen by creating the illusion of longer legs. The most versatile silhouette for a maxi length dress is A-line, but this cut can be designed with other shapes, like straight line and empire waist.\
Maxi length has the benefit of being practical during any season. For the warmer months, consider pieces made of very lightweight fabrics for your wardrobe, like our Tiered Sandwash Maxi Dress. Best of all, maxi dresses come in a range of style, prints, and colors, so you can wear one every day of the week! If you want to add a topper to a sleeveless maxi dress, go with a cropped denim jacket
Summer dresses for women come in quite a few different lengths and cuts. Based on their history, midi and maxi hemlines are likely to remain an effortless style option for years to come. There’s nothing better than wearing a lightweight dress on a warm day. Now you know exactly how to wear two of the most popular styles. It’s time to get excited about sundresses again!
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