The best floral maxi dress
Floral maxi dresses are a classic, versatile item of clothing that has endured on the fashion scene, and for good reason. This type of dress offers comfort and convenience in an attractive package, and there are many different styles of floral maxi dresses, giving you plenty of options.
INC International Concepts Printed Faux-Wrap Dress is a lovely pick that’s constructed of lightweight chiffon fabric. As a result, the dress has an airy, flowy aesthetic. The floral pattern is reminiscent of a balmy evening in the tropics.
What to know before you buy a floral maxi dress
Maxi dresses are designed to hit at the ankles. This quality makes them great for everything from concealing legs that are overdue for a shave to nice occasions that require a bit of a dressier look. That said, if you’re short or even of average height, a maxi dress is likely to drag on the ground.
There are two potential ways to remedy this issue. The first involves wearing high-heeled shoes with your maxi dress. The second involves getting the dress hemmed to shorten the length of the skirt. What you decide to do depends entirely on your personal preference. If you opt to get the skirt hemmed, make sure not to remove an excess amount of length. You can always take more length off, but unless the hem is flipped up and sewn into the inside of the dress, you can’t restore it.
Since maxi dresses are long and floral patterns are bold, you need to be careful about the silhouette you choose, and this is especially important if you’re petite. A voluminous silhouette could overwhelm your figure. Keep your build and height in mind when shopping for a floral maxi dress.
Pairing one or several pretty bracelets with your maxi dress can elevate the look and add a bit of sparkle or color. Select bracelets that complement the dress specifically — you want the overall look to gel. These Michael Kors bracelets are a great place to start.
Floral maxi dress features
Floral maxi dresses come in a large variety of hemline styles. Hemline designs include ruffled, asymmetrical, high-low, lace-edged and mermaid. The hemline style contributes to the total aesthetic of the dress, so think about the styles you enjoy.
Aside from sleeve length, the type of sleeve is an important consideration. It can either add to or detract from the dress’s overall look. The good news is sleeve options are virtually unlimited and include:
- Bell sleeves
- Kimono sleeves
- Slit sleeves
- Blouson sleeves
- Ruched sleeves
- Tie or bow sleeves
- Cap sleeves
- Flutter sleeves
- Puff sleeves
One of the most noticeable features on a floral maxi dress is the neckline. You can choose from high, moderate and deep necklines. Plunging, scoop, surplice, square, V-neck, round, mock neck and sweetheart are some available neckline styles.
Floral maxi dress cost
Floral maxi dresses tend to start a price point that’s a bit higher than dresses with shorter skirts, due to requiring more fabric. However, this isn’t a hard and fast rule. In general, you can find a well-made floral maxi dress for around $35-$150.
Floral maxi dress FAQ
What’s a maxi dress?
A. Maxi dresses are designed with a hemline intended to fall to the ankles or brush the top of the feet. Many maxis are form-fitting in the bodice and have a loose, flowing skirt. However, not all of these dresses are constructed with this silhouette. They’re sold in a wide range of styles, making it easy to find the type of fit you prefer.
Why do people like floral dresses?
A. Floral prints don’t have to resemble those worn by your grandmother. Today’s flowered patterns are fun, whimsical, tropical, bright and bold. They can be large or small, contain many colors or few and complement any style.
Which floral maxi dress should I get?
Best of the best floral maxi dress
INC International Concepts Printed Faux-Wrap Dress: available at Macy’s
Our take: This flowy and light maxi dress is part refined bohemian and part southern socialite chic, creating a look that’s undeniably lovely.
What we like: Airy chiffon fabric shapes a maxi dress that has an expansive V-neck, a self-tie sash at the waist and long blouson sleeves. The colorful floral pattern splashed across the dress is reminiscent of a tropical garden. It makes a bold, lush statement. The elastic waist provides a comfortable fit and the pullover style makes getting in and out of the dress a breeze. Since the dress is constructed of a chiffon fabric, it’s a good pick for warm days.
What we dislike: People who are short may need to get the skirt hemmed even if they plan to wear high heels with it, as it’s quite long.
Best bang for your buck floral maxi dress
Bar III Flutter-Sleeve Wrap Maxi Dress: available at Macy’s
Our take: Pretty flutter sleeves give this maxi dress an ultra-feminine touch and the wrap bodice will flatter your waistline.
What we like: An abstract floral pattern in shades of pink, red and orange adorns a white background. Flutter sleeves and a ruffled hem cut high into the skirt further soften the silhouette of the dress. The surplice neckline secures at the side of the waist with a sash that matches the floral pattern. You can adjust the fit of the belt to your liking.
What we dislike: At least one buyer, who ultimately loved the dress, had issues with the arm holes being a bit too large and the torso and skirt being a little too long.
Honorable mention floral maxi dress
Bar III Floral-Print V-Neck Smocked-Waist Maxi Dress: available at Macy’s
Our take: If you’re looking for a comfortable flowered maxi dress you can wear to casual and nice occasions, this versatile pick fits the bill.
What we like: The smocked waist creates a slimming effect by defining your waist with a bit of subtle shirring under the bust. A unique tie detail at the sleeves allows you to adjust the fit and adds interest. The moderate V-neck is suitable for any setting. Brightly colored flowers juxtapose beautifully against the rich blue background. The side slit reveals a stretch of leg without being too revealing.
What we dislike: Not everyone may like the non-traditional look of the smocked waist or the way the sleeves tie.
Megan Oster is a writer for BestReviews. BestReviews is a product review company with a singular mission: to help simplify your purchasing decisions and save you time and money.
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