By Rai Musk, 9 Apr 2020
The maxi dress IS the dress which has stood the test of time! Casual but elegant, comfy but cool, and oh-so very versatile. Wonderful for weddings, music fests, beach days, holidays, and days out on the town with the girls, or just hangin' at home - Baobab Ave’s got a smashing selection of maxi dresses for you. All come with bonus street cred’ of being ethically and sustainably made in ways that are great for the planet and the peeps involved in their creation.
The maxi-dress is the dress that has always been - in various shapes and guises and different sizes! A Victorian or Edwardian woman would never expose her ankles so all the dresses were maxi back in the day - with a host of crinolines, bustles and underskirts… After a brief rebellion of showing a bit (and a lot 😜) of leg the maxi dress made a comeback with the hippies of the sixties, in free-flowing boho styles. Oscar de la Renta decided to claim it for high fashion designing a dress to brush the ankles of the the fashionistas in the sixties, with Yves Saint Laurent and Dior establishing the maxi dress a FASHION in the seventies.
The great thing about the maxi dress is it suits every shape and size (and us girls come in a magnificent multitude of these). I’ve chosen a cool collection of maxi dresses that are gonna flatter your beautiful bod to the max. Whether you’re after the cas’ about town groove of Selena Gomez, the boho-look Elle Fanning rocks, dressing to impress, gorge and glam like Zendaya, or going full on demure a la Emma Watson - I’ve gathered a gorgeous array of marvellous maxi dresses just for you! Hope they inspire you to choose to make a difference by going against the fast fashion flow!
Go slow - buy ethical and sustainable clobber that suits both your body and soul.
Stunning Structured Utility Look
If you’re after a structured maxi, this dress is a summer stunner. Structured and flattering, this utility-inspired version of a classic apron-dress cut from Ninety Percent is made for understated summer dressing. It reminds me a bit of dungarees and jumpsuits. Made from 100% organic cotton, the simple cut is elevated with premium details: a multi-stitch wide tie belt, cross back adjustable straps and a neat thigh split. Layer over a roll-neck now and wear solo come summer. This dress will even go with wellies if Glast' morphs into a mud-fest and an ever practical bum-bag will sit well with it too!
Gorgeous Gingham For Frolicking At Fest’s!
This gorge' gingham garb is the Arya-Gee from Beaumont Organic. It's über flattering with cool cross over straps at the back, creating a ruffle tiered silhouette and boasts jolly handy pockets at the side. It’s made from 100% lush linen in Portugal. Wear it with chunky boots, trainers or flip-flops with when the heat hits -ever weather dependant here in Blighty!
Fab Flower Power
An exclusively designed Blomst print from Thought inspired by the exotic travels of Victorian artist Marianne North. Made from super soft bamboo and organic cotton it features a tied waist and pleated waistline for a flattering fit. This maxi dress can be paired with statement earrings for a tropical, art-inspired look.
Mix-It-Up To The Max!
I love this Santina maxi-dress that looks like something other than it is! The hand-painted design was developed by Thought’s in-house design team inspired by the lavish art gatherings and soirees hosted by Peggy Guggenheim in the 1960’s. It’s an organic cotton jersey on top with a woven Tencel™ skirt. The wrap detail creates a flattering shape, with a little gathering at the shoulder for added interest.
A stunning V&A kimono inspired bamboo print shirt dress with mandarin collar from People Tree. Eco-friendly Tencel™ fabric with coconut shell buttons, perfectly practical with concealed pockets and belted tie-waist. You can work this dress at work or out an’ about with the girls.
For stripe-fanatics (like me) this slim fit Sydney sleeveless, mixed stripe maxi dress from Beaumont Organic is just the ticket. Made from 100% organic cotton in Portugal it has hidden side pockets at the seam and a beaut of a V neck line. Goes fab with flip-flops or trainers…
Stunning Splash of Summer Colour
This dip-dye delight from Ninety Percent, is made from super lightweight Tencel™ and coloured by hand using a dip-dyeing technique. The summery colours are inspired by the sunsets of the South Pacific. The fluid shape makes getting dressed (and looking good) easier than ever, comes with a D-ring belt to synch in at the waist, or you could go full flare!
Are you feeling like taking ethical and sustainable fashion to the max with a fab maxi-dress?
There are more marvellous ethical and sustainable maxi dresses on Baobab Ave for you to choose from!
We look forward to seeing you strutting your stuff (via Insta) in your sustainable and ethical maxi dress. It's always exciting and encouraging to see how individuals shift from fast fash- to slow.
Tag us in your pics so we can check out your groove and share your style with fellow ethical slow fashion friends. Working your wonderfully versatile maxi dresses into unique looks for all sorts of wear. Cas' and boho, blinged up for weddings or going out out, free and flowing for fests...
Peace out an' stay true to your values and ethics in every way. Together we can make a difference!
The Baobab Team x