5 Maxi Dresses That Are Always Trendy and Cool
Which trends are everlasting? It is a question fashion experts get asked season after season, but as certain looks enter and exit the runway faster than you can say Karl Lagerfeld, there are four trends that never fall out of favor with the best dressed in London town.
As experimental as the British can be, we are just as partial to something we know functions well and look fantastic doing the job—that is surely why we have so many excellent, long-standing heritage brands in this country, don’t you think?
Such is the British spirit to rail against expectations; you won’t be startled to find chic interpretations of punk on our list, but others may surprise you like the retro decade that forever lives in Londoner’s hearts, no matter the direction the runways may head.
Following the trends at the fashion shows in the capital cities, and then seeing the trends appear on Instagram at the accounts of the most popular and the coolest bloggers alive, we came to a conclusion and picked the best 5 long attire looks that you can easily pull off to accomplish a trendy look.
Although some of the trends come and go, these 5 of our picks are here to stay. They will be there when you fall and when you rise to always bring you confidence and smile to your ego.
1. Victorian Gothic
Dramatic lace in carbon black, ruffles that reach up to tickle your chin—gothic has been long explored by the great fashion designers of the world over: step up, Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy, Gareth Pugh and Alexander McQueen, to name but a few.
Rather than anything too spooky, right now it’s all about repurposing more costume-like pieces: see Veronika Heilbrunner wearing a Victoriana-style dress so nonchalantly with Converse sneakers and a mismatched black bag.
While the plunges are still going strong enough, higher necks, often in the guise of turtlenecks, have appeared rather strongly as well. They come in ruffles, such as at J.W. Anderson and Lanvin, or with shoulder cutouts at Guy Laroche, Issa or Milly, in crumpled fabric at Bottega Veneta, or micro pleats as per Sonia Rykiel or Gabriele Colangelo. Of course, there are the Victorian looks as well, from Fendi to Zimmermann, Erdem to Vetements, the latter of which brought out the sparkles in full force. Army style pullovers come in handy from Valentino, while ruffle neck tops appear at Phillip Lim, Zimmermann, and Rodarte.
2. The 70’s
Whether you are looking to update your downtime wardrobe or need something for an upcoming holiday, the 70’s trend is the perfect out-of-office ally. From bohemian maxi dress to haute hippy and even cool-girl-groupie, there are so many ways to work the 70’s trend this season. And the best news is, when it comes to the 70s trend, clothing can be as bold or subtle as you like, making it a trend everyone can get on board with.
On the designer front, the retro revival stormed AW16 catwalks. At Chloe, it was all about day-wear denim and divine kinds of a maxis while over at Saint Laurent it was rock n’ roll attitude to the max. While you can go head-to-toe with the trend, our favorite way to work 70s styling is by opting for one piece at a time.
3. The Wrap
Let us start with one of the most famous fashion inventions ever, shall we? Diane made her now-iconic wrap in 1974 after setting out to create a relaxed, silk jersey dress that could suit every woman’s body with ease. Originally available in a small range of the 70’s prints, she was quickly given the cover of business bible Newsweek and declared the ‘most marketable designer since Coco Chanel.’ The magazine was right and by 1976 Diane had sold over 5 million of the dress worldwide, building a lasting fashion empire in the process.
4. Abstract Floral
She is renowned for her sense of style therefore it is not a surprise at all that Florence led the glamour at the Gucci bash in London. The singer/songwriter attended the private reception hosted by Gucci & Frieze Masters in honor of the speakers at Frieze Masters Talks. She made an appearance in a feathered pink coat and a floral maxi dress.
Florence left her famous red locks loose around her shoulders and carried a large pink clutch to complete her stylish display. It was no surprise to see her channeling vintage vibes in her attire for a private reception hosted by Gucci & Frieze Masters in London last night. But it was what she wore with the dress that really made her stand out from the crowd! She went matchy with her shaggy coat that she accessorized with a clutch bag and knee high boots, both in pink python. All by Gucci, natch!
5. The Transparency of Romantic Lace
This sheer dress features a pretty embroidered floral print and layering at the bust and hips. With its puffed sleeves it is a little tricky silhouette to pull off, but with our help you will look gorgeous in your take on the summer dress.
Finishing your ensemble with a mock croc handbag and round shades, try to leave your hair loose and wavy with just a hint of makeup to brighten up your face. It would be beautiful if you team up your wavy attire with some brown chunky heels which feature a thin ankle strap and a tassel detail. Rocking a vintage and retro style has never been so fashionable, fun and easy to pull off, and yet it is the best, since this trend never goes out of style.
Pulling trends off can sometimes be tricky, but when it comes to the maxi dress, you can never go wrong. You just need to find that inner goddess hidden beneath your soul and take it outside to the streets in a trendy and cool appearance that will boost your confidence.
This article was contributed by Robert Mishovski, a fashion enthusiast and founder of Mark & Roberts. An online clothing store focused on inspiring people to discover their true identity. If you liked this article on Maxi dresses you can check out their new Maxi dress collection.