CQ's guide to making the season's difficult trends work for you: #1 - The Maxi Dress
The directional Summer 2007 trends are ridiculously difficult to wear if you don't have a model figure and bags of confidence. So to help you along, CQ have some tips on how to make the trends work in the real world. We'll be posting more in the coming days, but here's one to get you started.
1. The Empire Maxi Dress
Many of this season's maxi dresses are full of fabric that balloons from under the bust down to the ground. This is great if you're tall and slim and can get away with the volume, but if you're quite curvy, all the added fabric can just make you look bigger than you are. The trick to making the look work? You could just add a wide belt, but I'd go all Kate Moss and add a waistcoat over the top. It smartens up a very boho style and keeps the dress in place. Pick a waistcoat that's cut low at the front (to show you're wearing a dress and not a skirt underneath) in a matching colour. Add wedge sandals for added lift (these dresses are loooong) and you're set!