YES YOU CAN: Wear a maxi dress

Fashion director Shelly Vella shows you how.

Time to dispel a common myth about maxi dressing: big, small, short or tall, this dress will look great on all. Yes, you may need a seamstress on speed dial to ensure you get the length just right (an inch above your ankle if you’re not enamoured with a true floor sweeper), but try the dress on with flat and high shoes first and look for waisted or empire-line styles if you prefer something a little more figure flattering.

How to wear a maxi dress:

Evening star

A slimline cut and halterneck up the ante for evening. Dress, £199, karenmillen.com

Luxe fabrics will fall elegantly to the floor.

Dress, £130, Phase Eight

Earrings, £69, Ania Haie

Shoes, £29.99, ZARA

Bag, £275, Lulu Guinness

Summer showstopper

Bold yet romantic: a serious summer head-turner. Dress, £159, coastfashion.com

A cascade of ruffled florals is a garden-party winner.

Dress, £79, Warehouse

Earrings, £85, Daisy Jewellery

Necklace, £99, Daisy Jewellery

Sandals, £110, Ted BakerClutch, £425, Strathberry

Holiday hero

This hot collab has nailed the season’s sexiest maxi. Dress, £188, Zandra Rhodes X freepeople.com

Slinkily strappy, your beach-to-bar look sorted.

Dress, £129, Whistles

Bag, £130, Free People

Sandals, £95, Darce Sandals

Necklace, £32, Free PeopleHat, £29.99, MangoSunglasses, £35, Dune