Liz says: Maxi Dresses. Going to a upscale party? Here are some wonderful dresses that I chose at great prices. The maxi dress first became popular during the 1960s when it was designed by high-end fashion designer Oscar de la Renta. The dress continued to remain popular through the 70s until it went into a bit of a recession during the 80s. www.dressingtoimpress.com is the place to shop.