After a brutally long winter, my fellow Manhattanites, and, for the most part, East Coasters as well are reveling in the sunshine. Finally, puffer jackets can be shed and lightweight layers can make their much-deserved debut in the latest silhouettes, colors, and patterns for spring/summer 2013. What better to help me kick off my favorite fashion season than with a piece from Mara Hoffman, the designer who makes the most gorgeously engineered prints in ethnic-inspired motifs?
Courtesy of The Orchid Boutique, the amazing online and brick-and-mortar destination for swimwear and all things warm-weather related, I stepped out in this incredible confection, the Mara Hoffman Basket Weave Maxi Dress, this weekend. I let the dress do most of talking, balancing it out with some matching hues found in my essie polish in “beach bum blue” and color block wedge sandals.
The trick to wearing a maxi dress on a petite frame is managing the proportions so that it doesn’t appear to be too dramatic of a triangle shape, i.e. tight on top and loosely flowing on the bottom. With a racer back cut that lengthens and a streamlined, body hugging silhouette, I’m not engulfed in fabric nor is my height dwarfed or frame hidden underneath with this particular maxi dress.
I look forward to more warm days ahead, and maximizing my usage of the Mara Hoffman Basket Weave Maxi Dress for spring/summer 2013.
What’s your favorite maxi dress that you LOVE to wear in the summer?