WHAT IS … TIERED MAXI DRESS
STYLE NOTES: A maxi dress is just a dress version of the season’s very trendy maxi skirt. The floor-length dress skirt is straight and slightly wide. It is not form fitting to the body.
A tiered maxi dress has a repeating pattern that appears as “cake tiers” or is constructed three dimensionally (see picture, right) repeating the same pattern to create that tier effect.
HOW TO WEAR: The tiered maxi dress is a more voluminous, full skirt than just the same-old cotton drawstring maxi. It should be worn on semi-warm days and always with flats, light thongs or gladiator sandals recommended.
If you need to wear an extra layer for evening, keep lengths similar with a light cotton sweater jacket that graces the bottom of your back.
WHO SHOULD WEAR: The style Gods have always said that lengthier ladies (read: taller) look better in maxi dresses. I’d say that yes, a 5’6″ or taller chica’s frame will suit a maxi dress more than a lady who is shorter.
But that doesn’t mean you have to be a glamazon to rock the style. Shorter ladies, avoid the vintage style shown here (left) because there is absolutely no waist.
This maxi dress has wide sleeves that cover all the skin, which is too much fabric and will overwhelm a smaller frame. Petite ladies should opt for maxi dresses with halter necks and cinched waists and with a creative neckline, like a scoop, bias or v-neck cut.