Maxi dresses are one type of dress that works for all types of figures; the petite, tall, slim and full-figured. However, they need to be styled in different ways to look flattering. When it comes to a long sleeve maxi dress, styling has to be done to ensure that it doesn’t overwhelm a figure.
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One way to work it is to choose one with sheer long sleeves such as those made with timeless lace or chiffon. They let skin peek through which counters the long skirt and sleeves that cover up everything. This works well for a long sleeve maxi dress for day or formal events.
Fabric also matters. For day or casual events, you can wear a dress in cotton, linen or jersey. For night or formal events, the best choice of fabric is luxurious fabrics such as silk, satin, velvet and suede. They give a very lush and formal look. While considering fabric, consider fit too. If you have a slim figure, go for fabrics that outline your figure with a close fit. These would be the fabrics for formal maxi dresses. If you have a full figure, choose a long sleeve maxi dress in heavy matte jersey that will skim rather than cling and give you a flattering fit.
The print of the fabric also matters. Lush fabrics like velvet and suede for evening maxi dresses look best as a solid color. For day, prints just as colorful floral prints give a laid back, casual vibe. Just stick to small prints for a full figure. Those with slim figures can carry off dresses with large prints which tend to visually enlarge a figure.
The neckline is another important detail on a long sleeve maxi dress. One with a V-neck is best as it balances out the long length and the long sleeves. One with a high or round neck is not ideal because it creates a silhouette that is too covered up. For evening, a deeper V-neck works well.