A question that I see a lot on various fashions forums is: "Am I too short to wear a maxi dress?"
The most logical answer would be to say, Yes. We've always been told we shouldn't wear long pieces or they will overwhelm the body. But my answer? No!
With the proper fit, the maxi dress on a petite figure can be incredibly elongating and slimming. The best example? Nicole Richie. In the summer, she is frequently pictured in a maxi dress looking absolutely fabulous. Many people forget that she is only 5'1". Here are some of my favorites (pictures taken from NicoleRichieFashion blog--not sure where she got the photos from). I love the first one by Diane von Furstenberg:
Eva Longoria who is 5'2" in T-bags (image from Fabsugar):
The key is to keep fit of the top of the dress close to the body (at least to below the bust), and the bottom not too "poofy"; that is, reasonably close to the body without being tight, but also with not an overwhelming amount of material. You also don't want the print to be overly large or you will look swallowed up. Finally, beware of the length. You don't want the dress too long or you will undoubtedly fall flat on your face, but not so short that you will see your ankles. And no, you do not have to wear heels! Flat thong sandals are just fine. =)
Here are a few pictures of me in one of my own maxis. Sorry, bad photos:
As you can see, this one is a little long on me. I *do* trip! But, I always trip all over myself no matter what I'm wearing =/. Don't give up if the first few maxis you try on aren't a good fit. Keep trying! You *will* find one you love. As always, the key is fit.