Top of my list this summer are flowy maxi dresses and skirts. Although I love this Boho-inspired, laid-back look, I've avoided it because I assume floor-length dresses and skirts look wrong on petite frames like mine. However, in the past few weeks, I've been inspired by local fashionistas of various shapes and sizes who have adopted the trend successfully. It's easy to pull off the look with the right accessories and by mixing and matching items. Cammy (right) looks great in her long charcoal-grey linen skirt that she has topped with a navy cotton tank top and a lightweight burgundy cardigan. The higher waistline of her skirt makes her legs look even longer and her dark blue peep-toe flat sandals are quirky and fun. As simple and minimal as her look is, it has a cool vintage vibe. I also like how she has worn her exotic silver bangle higher on her forearm for a different look. I found Febe (below) shopping at her favourite summer boutique. She's wearing a chiffon maxi dress with a multi-colour swirl print, matched with a white crochet vest. Her vest is a great pick because it's lightweight while adding an extra layer to break up what could be a dizzying print. The low-cut design of the dress is also feminine and it can double as a cover-up at the beach. The best way to spice up your maxi dress is by incorporating funky accessories such as a straw fedora. Ankle bracelets look especially nice with feminine dresses, while colourful costume jewellery will dress up the look. For the evening, chunky tribal-inspired heels are a must. When choosing a maxi dress, go for a style that fits your body type: empire waists and elastic tops flatter petite shapes while strapless styles and neutral colours look glamorous on curvier girls. Wear fabrics such as satin and linen for a cool, edgy style; silk and chiffon are more romantic and feminine. I've seen a rainbow floral-print maxi dress at Love Girls Market (50B Paterson St, Causeway Bay, tel: 2890 7679) that's perfect for the beach and a casual night out as well. Bread n Butter (L5 07-08, Langham Place, 8 Argyle Street, Mong Kok, tel: 3426 2908) has a sleeveless long dress with monochromatic stripes; it's chic and elegant. I've also found a blue tie-dye cotton long dress that is both versatile and comfortable, by Japanese brand Jeanasis (UG48, Festival Walk, 88 Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong, tel: 2776 3262). French Connection (Shop 119, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, tel: 2918 1760) has a loose fit maxi dress with a sweetheart neckline in black and blue that will suit curvier girls.