Ask Lori: The Pleated Maxi-Dress…and How to Wear it!


One of my very best friends, MP, has asked me how she can get in on this trend: The Pleated Maxi Dress.  It´s an excellent question and below…some good news!

Shorts and talls alike can participate in this trend, hooray!  The pleated maxi dress is the newest hottest version of the maxi and I have three tips below to make sure you look fabulous if you decide to sport it.

1.  If you are short and at all bulky, make sure your dress has a waistline of some sort, otherwise you will just drown away in it.  These three below are some great examples of ones I would wear, being 5´2.

This one is perfect, got a waistline, a great spring color…you can find it Banana Republic.

This beige dress from Desire Clothing UK is fun because it´s belted, therefore shaping the waist.

This Kaboodle dress is unique because it´s got a waistline and it´s sheer on the bottom, which is a fun twist.

2.  Only if you have model like proportions should you try to sport a pleated maxi without a waistline. Otherwise you will literally look like a house.  See a few examples below that really…only the tall and thin can rock.  Short girls, avoid these!

This one from Halston is certainly lovely…but not for anyone with normal proportions.

This dress from ASOS seems like it has a small empire style waistline but in reality it doens´t, therefore, as we can see from the back it makes the model even look large.  Ladies…don´t try this one at home.  Unless your pregnant, in which case it´s quite stylish and comfy!

3.  Finally, I highly recommened, since this style of dress is quite covering and due to the pleats, has alot of material, you should try to stay away from anything long sleeved, high necked, etc.  You are already covering up your legs and you don´t want it to look like you are wearing a robe or mumu.  For example, these high necked  dresses are pretty in theory, but I think I´d would look like a grandma wearing it.  Try to keep your shoulders, neck and arms exposed when wearing pleated maxi´s.

Good luck, and get shopping!

DISCLAIMER: These suggestions are just my opinions…if you think something looks right, or feels right…go for it!

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