All New For 2009

I am not sure how I feel about the Maxi Dresses. Perhaps it is because I have done them already in the ’70’s. They arrived on the Style Scene last Summer and they are back again for 2009, and you can find them everywhere. They can be very feminine and for some, a better alternative to a mini dress. They are great for shopping down Robertson in L.A…….backyard barbecues …..and poolside parties! Here are some of the best ones available for maximum style effect. P.S. Please don’t wear them with closed toe pumps……a real maxi dress is not a formal!

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Go global chic with Milly’s Ikat Print maxi! This dress is bold and vibrant with a real summery feel. This dress will take you from day to casual evening. $475 at

Find Your own Secret Garden with Beth Bowley’s watercolor maxi.  It’s 100% silk and lovely for $275.00 at

Designer Womens Dress The Striped Tank Dress

A beautiful long dress made of fine Italian knit jersey. Designed by Vanessa. It is right on trend with the graphic print. Very chic in a casual way….when worn with flats and a stack of bangles on the arms. Available for pre-order at for $270.00 Take 15% off with Code: PEOPLE Expires April 10th!

This all silk maxi by Future Classics certainly looks new for 2009! The exposed zipper and peek a boo back make it sassy….the fluttery silk print makes it uber feminine $756 at

BCBG’s Strapless Color Blocked Maxi has a sophisticated look about it with the colors chosen (the dark color block is navy) The best part about this dress is it’s price! $138 at

The T-Bags Halter Maxi says “hot time in the Summertime!” It has sex appeal and a bold and bright jersey print. Fab! $229 at

Tibi’s Floral Maxi Dress (really more geometric looking to me) is a more dressed up look in a maxi. Love the bright…almost neon colors! It’s made of silk crepe de chine…so it will have a nice flow and feel to it. $598 at

Hippie chic! Fabulously done tie-dye from This is what my maxi’s looked like back in the day. The perfect dress to wear with the season’s hot gladiator sandals. $188.

James Perse has the finest cotton that feels so good to the skin. His Racerback Long Dress is a modern maxi. Love this color: vintage. It also comes in gray…white…and black. Imagine it with gladiator sandals…..a low slung belt and lots of wood bangles. It’s a great look! $155 at

Make a black and white statement in Cache’s Charmeuse Smocked Maxi Dress. It’s a pretty dress with a great bold print. $128 at

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Alice and Olivia always makes a good dress. The belted sahara dress is no exception. Done in a nice combination of silk and spandex…..the dress will flow and hold you in aat the same time. $367.00 at