If you’ve been spending your winter commute trawling through fashion magazines doing your spring 2012 fashion “due diligence”, you’re sure to know by now the prevailing runway trends: tribal, florals, retro and colour blocking.
This is a seemingly mixed bag of styles. But there’s one profile that runs the gamut of all these looks: the long maxi dress. This look is no longer just for that holiday in Marbella or for the vertically blessed, fashionistas of all shapes, sizes and style preference can now lead the pack this spring simply by sporting a maxi.
Here’s a rundown of maxis to suit every trend taste:
TRIBAL: If you were one of the hundreds of fashion-forward shoppers who queued up outside H&M to get their hands on the new collection from Marni, perhaps you were lucky enough to pick up one of the maxi dresses - if so, you may want to keep those tags on and consider eBay as it was the first piece to completely sell out. The maxi exuded that signature Marni look - ethnic aesthetic. But if you didn’t manage to snag one, you can get the same look with one of the great maxis by South, who even do a tall maxi dress for you leggy ladies. And if you happen to be lacking in the height department, don’t worry South also carries a range of looks perfectly tailored to petites.
FLORAL: Bang on trend of course is floral. Thinking of a long maxi dress usually calls to mind images of hibiscus prints and a ruffle hems. And while that look is still perfectly on-point, there’s also more options when it comes to flower power.
From the classic patters and cuts like this gorgeous Peter Som, to more modern versions like those from BCBG – it’s really any bloom you fancy.
When you’re talking vintage style, there’s nothing more eternally or universally flattering than a great 70s maxi, but this spring we’re seeing more eras embrace floor length, most notably the 20s. Get Gatsby-chic with looks like these incredible skimmers from Ralph Lauren, or if perhaps you don’t have quite the budget of those infamous Hampton’s hedonists, you can replicate the style with a more wallet-friendly version like this stunner by Teatro.
Last but certainly not least, one of the most eye-catching looks of the season is bold, bright blocks. And if you’re pretty mini, this look is best when you’re going maxi, as strategically placed blocks of colour can lend a slimming and lengthening effect, а la this style from South, making you look like you’ve got miles of leg and then some!