I’m going to a summer afternoon wedding, and I’d like to wear a maxi dress, but I have no idea what kind to choose. Also, I’m only 5’3″, so can I even wear a maxi? Any advice about women’s maxi dresses for weddings would be greatly appreciated! Melissa
A maxi dress is a wonderful choice for an afternoon wedding, but here’s the catch. You have to be careful you don’t pick a maxi that is 1) too casual or 2) too sexy for the affair.
Maxi dresses, like this white striped maxi (right), are more suited to lounging by the pool and would look totally out of sync at a wedding. The tank top style, the casual cotton fabric, and the sporty stripes make this maxi far too relaxed for such an important celebration. A wedding calls for a more sophisticated maxi, made from flowy fabric silk, jersey or chiffon.
Choose a Classy Maxi Dress
Maxi dresses that are too sexy or edgy don’t work either. Steer clear of maxis with plunging necklines, thigh-high slits or peek-a-boo cutouts. These look like you are desperate for attention and make it look like you are trying to upstage the bride.
Animal prints like leopard or python look tacky at a romantic wedding ceremony. Save an edgy maxi for your next cocktail party. A bit of beading on this dress is fine, but too much shine or sequins are overkill, especially for an afternoon wedding.
If you are wearing a dress that is sleeveless or bare or one shoulder detail think about bringing a wrap to the church. More formal places of worship expect you to cover your shoulders/arms during the service, out of respect.
Best Women’s Maxi Dresses for Weddings in the Afternoon?
- Floral Maxi Dresses are always an excellent and appropriate choice this time of year. They are feminine and fitting for a wedding.
- Modern Prints – a Modern graphic print can look lovely especially in bright colors.
- Caftans can also work if you are a bigger gal who wants to cover up. Just no Hawaiian muumuus.
- Dresses that Flow and Move – You are going to be walking and swishing around on the dance floor. Get something feminine.
- Black and White– When in doubt Black and White is always a classy choice. Keep the White to a Minimum.
Petite? Keep this in Mind when Choosing a Maxi Dress
Melissa, since you are only 5’3″ I suggest you avoid maxis that have little or no shape because they will drown you. Petite women need to choose Petite maxi dresses for weddings that are more proportionate. Look for styles that sit close to the body and have a defined waist. The defined waist can even be a higher one, such as an empire waist.
What Type of Maxi Dress to Wear to a Beach Wedding?
If you are attending a beach wedding or an outdoor wedding, you have a little more leeway, and you can go slightly more casual with your maxi, and also more colorful. Try corals, turquoise, sky blues and soft shell pinks. By the beach, you may want to wear pretty sandals and not heels.
Plus size? Below are some pretty plus size maxis to wear to a wedding.
Looking for long sleeve maxi dresses for weddings. Check these out!
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