sunglasses - H&M / necklace - vintage, MyMomsBasement via etsy / purse - Athens tourist shop / maxi dress - H&M / belt - vintage, thrifted / red T-strap sandals - UO
Or, 'maximum dress,' in my very-likely-mangled Italian.
When I first saw hints of the return of the maxi, I ignored it. I didn't even glance at longer length dresses and skirts when I saw them in stores, assuming they'd be far too long for me and too much trouble to hem. After those hints grew stronger, and I saw some of my favorite bloggers rocking the look, I rejected it; I thought it was one of those styles that could only be pulled off by taller girls (which I am not), or by those wearing heels (which I am rarely-to-never).
However, I've recently been reconsidering most of the conventional wisdom about 'dressing for my body type,' and decided that a great deal of it is utter crap. I should be doing everything I can to dress in the way that makes me feel good, whether that makes me look taller and thinner or not.
So, after my bout of epic crankiness last week (and my blaming a good portion of it on the seemingly irreconcilable needs of dressing for warm weather and for cathedrals) I decided to take action (i.e., shop). In a real fit of wardrobe pique, I popped into an H&M on the way home, muscled through the slightly overripe crowds, and emerged triumphant with not one, but two breezy ankle length hemlines.
After wearing this dress all day (and carrying a cardigan for the occasional church pop-in), I am completely sold. I love the easy chicness of a longer length, and how it balances out the bare shoulders and racer-back; I love the paint-daub print; and of course, I love how it feels like wearing an incredibly comfy, socially sanctioned nightgown. I can tell this dress (and it's cousin, which I'll debut on the blog later this week) is definitely going to be a great summer staple for me.
Be sure to stop by EverybodyEverywear to check out how other bloggers styled their maxi skirts & dresses today!