26 August 2013

A Long Short Tale

maxi

Maxi length skirts and dresses have beautiful length and flow, but they're tough items for me. And only partly because I'm a shortie and most of them tend to overwhelm my frame.

I don't know, maxi lengths just seem kind of formal to me and I always feel like I'm overdressing - like I should be attending a ball or going to some pageant or something. Long flowy skirts just seem to demand some sort of smooth gliding motion of which I am completely inept to accomplish. You know, the whole acting like a lady and having to pick my skirt up when I take steps thing.

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Plus, I'm a natural-born klutz and it's difficult enough for me to maneuver around in shorts and flat shoes (seriously, last summer, I tripped down a set of steps while wearing flat sandals, thank you), so I've got to have a pretty high confidence morning to want to don wobbly heels and a long skirt that needs constant manhandling.

So this is like my second or third maxi dress purchase ever and the only maxi dress I still have in my closet. And this is the first time I've broken this piece out this year - done as I am pretty much attempting to wear as many warm weather clothes as I can before it actually starts getting cold ... because in my head, maxi lengths are for summer only ... even though you legs are covered. I know, it's totally the style, not my own personal crazy, right?

What do you ladies think about maxi length skirts? Love 'em or are dubious like I am? Or are there other types of clothing that you find difficult to warm up to?

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Dress: Boden glamorous (worn here - sim print, solid, solid)
Jacket: F21 knit moto (worn here - sim, sim, sim, grey)
Earrings: c/o INPINK (sim, sim, navy)
Bracelets: ON (sim), Sage K and Co (sim), c/o Style Lately elegant turquoise (sim)
Shoes: Artisan by Clarks kyna wise (worn here - sim, sim)
Bag: J.Crew biennial stripe (worn here - same solid, sim brown)

72 comments:

  1. I definitely love this dress! I'm a shortie too and find them tough to wear, plus I have no desire to wear them with heels. If I can find one with the right length so that I can wear them with flat shoes, I'll definitely pick it up, 'cause if my legs are covered I don't have to shave them. ;)

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  2. I absolutely love maxis! I think they're so comfy and they're great for the summer. It is a challenge finding one that's the right length though so I almost always have to get mine shortened.

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart
    Target Giveaway!

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    1. I know what you mean - one of the reasons I have traditionally stayed away from maxis is that most of them are too long!

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  3. Love the beading detail on this maxi!

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  4. I think maxi dresses are great year round, but us shorties and klutzes do need to be careful about having too much fabric overwhelm us AND going up the stairs! I think yours looks great. Be careful today!

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    1. Haha, I survived, dress still intact, no scraped knees!

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  5. This dress is gorgeous, and I love that you wore a leather jacket over it. I have similar pieces! I definitely need to create this look!
    Meredith
    createthatoutfit.com

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  6. High five to Boden dresses! I have one maxi dress that I find it quite hard to wear too; if it's hot out I'd rather wear shorts or a short skirt to get the sun on my legs. I might try my maxi with a shirt over it once it does start to cool down but right now it's still summer here & hot hot hot. Yay!

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    1. Ooh, I never thought about wearing this dress with a denim shirt or something, thanks for the idea!

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  7. You know, I still don't have one. Dresses in general are difficult for me to find in a good/flattering fit. And I haven't found a maxi skirt I really like. I also feel like they are dressed up and would totally be falling on my face. Yours is really pretty though; you look great!

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    1. So far I've lucked out and haven't tripped up yet, haha.

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  8. I actually prefer wearing maxi skirts during the colder months.I think pairing them with jackets makes them feel less formal. I also usually wear them with flat shoes to avoid heels getting stuck in the hem of the skirt. I really love how you paired the dress with the white jacket! It looks more relaxed this way.

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  9. I have one.......that I never wear. I just feel like it's my "bloated day" dress and so I don't wan't to wear it because I feel like everyone knows it's my bloat day dress!

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    1. Haha - my bloat day dresses are typically my shift dresses. No waist definition, oh so easy! ;o)

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  10. Personally, i love them. I pair them with a denim jacket and some fun shoes. I have seen some people wear them to work but its probably the one place I wouldn't wear it.

    You look great in this one Lisa!

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    1. I kind of agree, though maxis feel kind of formal to me, they seem a bit too cas for office-wear. Weird, huh.

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  11. I'm short too, so whenever I buy maxis I try to get them from stores that offer petite lengths. Old Navy surprisingly always has petite length maxi dresses and skirts. In fact the only two I own are from Old Navy, And hit right at the tops of my feet. I love this color on you, and the earrings are darling. I agree with you. Even though the length covers your legs, I feel that maxis are for summer!
    -Ash
    www.thestylizedwannabe.com

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  12. Don't worry about acting like a lady just because your skirt is long. Personally, I blow my nose in my maxi skirts! ;) You look fabulous in your dress and moto jacket, what a delicious colour combination, I realy like this look! Just have the hem taken up a bit if it's long enough to be a health risk! ;) Personally, I love maxis, skirts and dresses both, (Can you say Khaleesi?) though I don't own that many. Mini skirts though, are another matter - UGH! My long legs and big ass make them a very dubious proposition for me!

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    1. Ooh, I can pretend I am all majestic and mother to dragons, commander of armies in this dress - thanks! I think I need a more muted color and some braids in my hair. And dragons, where are my dragons?!

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  13. I love them and i have to say that you look lovely in this one --- you look tall !
    I love to wear them when I havn't shaved :)

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    1. Ooh, I'll wear maxis more often if they make me look taller! I need all the help I can get.

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  14. I love maxi skirts, but they are never long enough on me. They do not look cute when they barely hit your ankles! I do have some maxi dresses but I never wear them either. So I totally understand where you're coming from! This Boden one looks fab on you!

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  15. I looooove maxi dresses/skirts! I used to feel a little too formal in them too but now I just go with it. It's my way of looking dressed up when all I really feel like wearing are my sweats. I feel like it's cheating sometimes because they're so easy. I'm like you, I don't like wearing them in winter either. I still try to make it work & throw them over boots sometimes. It's just not the same though.

    I think you fabulous in this. It's a great dress.

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    1. It's true though. I was totally comforted out all day.

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  16. I definitely think they can work. I just don't love them.

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  17. I used to think the same as you...I'm too short for maxis.

    I've gotten over that.

    I love this look on you. Also the empire waist helps make you look so much taller.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  18. The last three summers I have seen some really cute maxi-dresses,but I just can't warm up to wearing them. For me, it feels a little like walking around all day in my nightie. To me they really call out for completer pieces like jackets and cardigans and plenty of jewelry. During the summer I like to keep things paired down and simple, it just seems like a maxi dress requires more effort and pieces to keep it from looking like sleepwear. I love how they look on others, maybe next summer will be my maxi-dress summer.

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    1. I've actually worn some Anthropologie chemises as regular-wear dresses. I'm like those people at Walmart in their unicorn jam pants and fuzzy slippers, only in disguise, haha.

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  19. I'm tall, maybe even too tall for some maxi. However, my boyfriend, who is rather hip and groovy, thinks they are weird. He doesn't really care for them so I don't own any. I guess his opinion has rubbed off on me. And frankly, they are a bit strange because if it's warm out, why would I want to cover up my legs? It makes me sweat just thinking about it.

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    1. Haha, that's totally true. I have it in my mindset that maxi dresses are for warm weather though, I guess because most of them have more bare strappy tops? I agree though, if it's really hot out, why cover up?

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  20. I love maxi dresses :) I have about 3 in my closet at the moment in fun colors~ I do like wearing them in summer rather than colder seasons though :)

    katattack2000.wordpress.com

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  21. I love maxi dresses, but I'm 5'7" and don't have to deal with the trip factor. Most of my maxis are casual, so I don't feel like they're fancy, but I can understand the sentiment. I think yours could work for you if you pinned it or got it hemmed slightly?

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    1. I didn't really notice until now, looking back at the pics. The skirt drags a bit, doesn't it? Good thing I survived my day wearing it, haha. ;o)

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  22. You look thoroughly gorgeous in this! Stunning, even! I think you ought to wear more maxi dresses - they don't overwhelm at all. And that's coming from a fellow shortie!

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  23. this is too cute. i have yet to find a maxi dress that works for me. so happy you found this beauty! xo

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  24. I've definitely become more of a fan of maxi dresses this summer--they look a little fancier than shorts or pants, and they're as comfy as pajamas! Win-win!

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    1. True. Knit maxi dresses are the nicer version of sweat pants, haha.

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  25. Lisa, I am a fan of Maxis, so long as they are not too long that I will trip. I will wear them with a heel, if the shoe is sturdy- not a stiletto-! Love your outfit, you look elegant and this looks natural for you!
    XX, Elle
    http://mydailycostume.com/

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    1. I had to wear these with wedges - if I had stilettos, I bet my hem would be full of holes!

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  26. I am a huge fan of maxi dresses for the comfort and easy style....just slip it on and you are good to go! When I wore my maxi dress to boating last weekend, my foot got caught in my dress while getting out of the boat. It took a couple tries for me to not step my own dress...very classy ;)

    You look great and this dress makes you look very tall.

    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

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    1. I found myself hiking my skirt up quite a bit, probably not very lady-like on my end! ;o)

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  27. I love your red prom dress. You look so amazing.


    lita

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  28. You look amazing as always! I find flowy skirts hard to wear including maxi dresses. Like you, I need to be conscious on moving 'cause I am prone to stepping on my skirts. I like A-skirts better tho, knees level. I don't have any issues with them :)

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    1. I agree, my go-to is the knee-length skirt. I can move freely but it's still perfectly appropriate for work or something.

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  29. love the maxi dress and the bag is perfect for this look,
    a kiss from Italy,

    Nicky
    www.mywishstyle.com

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  30. I'm a bit like you in this. I'm on the short(er) side and always feel like the maxis swallow my whole frame. I love seeing them on other people and they look amazingly comfortable - like when we were traveling this week and I saw a gal wearing one on the plane. Best idea ever.

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    1. Ooh, a stretchy maxi skirt is a great idea for a long plane ride and looks a bit nicer than jam pants or something.

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  31. I love maxi dresses & skirts. I have a hard time finding them because I am short, but I do love them. This dress is so cute, and I love the color on you!

    Nikki
    thefashionablewife.com

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  32. That is a beautiful maxi dress and I completely know what you go through with those long maxi dresses! You look fabulous.

    -Vogue&Heels
    www.vogueandheels.com

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  33. love the maxi! you look soo pretty!

    http://simplysassysstyle.blogspot.com/

    dawn

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  34. I love maxis! I think they tend to "lengthen" a person, but they are tricky to maneuver on stairs. Your two-toned dress is sooo pretty, beads and all! I think it suits you well!

    Abi
    aka The Belated Bloomer - Blog Giveaway Still Open!

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    1. I feel like a grand dame going down the stairs, I have to pick my skirts up and all!

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  35. I definitely came around to the maxi last year. it was the perfect summer to fall transitional piece, and I even layered them with sweaters when it wasn't too cold during the winter. I'm a shortie too, so I always wear mine with heels.
    Chic on the Cheap

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  36. For day, I tend to pick maxis in patterns, which I think lends a more casual air to a look... although it depends on the pattern. The bohemian ones seem to work best!

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  37. Great outfit! I love your max dress!

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  38. Oooh! this maxi skirt is so pretty on you! I absolutely love the color and the bodice. I only own one black maxi skirt and I think that's the maximum number of maxis I really need. I just don't find them that easy to wear, since I like them sweeping the floor, and if they're sweeping the floor, they get dirty and I trip all over the place. Not a good combination.

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  39. I love the idea of maxi skirts and dresses, but ... the skirts never seem to look right on me, and the dresses feel too fussy and unfamiliar. It could be though that I'm just a chicken :).

    I see others wearing them, and they look fabulous. I like your look - especially the color blocking idea. Very cute.

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    1. I get how you feel, I feel the same way a lot, that's why I only have one maxi dress.

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  40. I've started wearing maxi dresses this years, and I have tripped in them. Not fallen on my face or anything, but I've had to grab hold of something (someone!) to stop myself from falling. I'm pretty klutzy too. So now when I walk I kinda pick the skirt up a bit and hold it to the side so it's not all pooling at my feet and an accident waiting to happen. :)

    Love this one, it's very flattering on you!

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    1. Oh I was totally hiking up the skirts when I was moving, especially up and down the stairs. I am not one of those graceful "gliding" gals!

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  41. That dress is beautiful and it drapes so nicely. It reminds me of the late 60's formal dresses. I know what you mean about length. I'm 5 foot 4 so I have never been a maxi dress girl. I do have a vintage maxi hawaiian dress that I have yet to wear that just happened to be the perfect length and price in my favorite consignment shop.

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  42. It is a very good dress and suits you too. Perhaps if you have the hem taken up a little bit, it will be easier to walk in. Now it gets damaged (I think).
    I don't wear maxi because you need to have some hips for them. And I don't have them.
    Greetje

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  43. This is the second time today that a comment of mine, does not go through. Bummer.
    As I said: this dress looks very good on you. But perhaps if you have the hem taken up a bit, you will walk in it more easy?
    I don't wear them as you have to have hips for these things and I don't have them.
    Greetje

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