The word according to Wikipedia says that a maxi dress is an informal type of dress, however, unlike other dresses, it is longer and can reach to the floor, although most dresses only allow for the length to be down to the ankles.
If you take at the different maxi dresses being sold online, you will see that they have some common characteristics. For one, they fit your body at the top and for another, they are flow loose at the bottom. If not, they cut in the middle so that the lower half flows loose over the body.
Maxi dress is really just a general term, and if you look at the many different websites, you will see that they actually come in different patterns, colors and neck lines.
While everyone needs a maxi dress or two to wear to casual parties, there are some things you do need to keep in mind when you’re out buying one. Make sure that you don’t look too short in the dress. If you’re the petite type, you might want to buy special brands that carry dresses for women who are under 5”4” in height.
There are really just two ways to buy maxi dresses. It’s either you buy them online or you buy them from a brick and mortar store. If it’s going to be your first time to wear a maxi dress, do NOT shop online because you might commit a mistake in the kind of dress that you wear. Instead, go to a boutique, try out some items there, and if there’s something that looks good on you, buy it. Then buy the same type of dress online next time.