Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Another Spring and Summer of Maxi Dresses...

Maxi Dresses...oh how I love them! They are feminine and flowy, come in a wide variety of prints, colors, and styles, hide a multitude of imperfections, and to top it all off, they are incredibly comfortable to wear, too.

One of the things I look forward to most about the spring and summer is that I get to take my maxi dresses out of hibernation to wear them again. Here is a peek at just a handful of mine...

Tropicalia Pleated Maxi Dress, Rachel Pally Caftan Dress in Black Confetti print, Ella Moss Stripe maxi dress, & Rachel Pally Caftan dress in Starfish Print

J.Crew Midsummer maxidress in Raj paisley, Rebecca Taylor Rose-print Smocked gown, and Anthropologie Mirror-Dotted Maxi dress

This photo was taken last summer at the 'Center of the Universe' in Wallace, Idaho. If you're interested in reading a bit more about my trip, I blogged about it here last August.

Another thing to love about maxi dresses is that they are available at all different price points to fit all types of budgets. I have done some online 'window shopping' for maxi dresses, and have listed several that I think look promising.
Take a peek and let me know what you think...

*Rachel Pally Long Sleeveless Caftan - I have two printed versions of this dress, and they are my favorites (I'm wearing the confetti print in the Idaho pic above). In fact, I've worn them repeatedly over the past several years. Granted the line can be a bit spendy, but the fabric, design, and quality are excellent. Plus if you get them on supersale like I did, it makes the CPW even more worth it.
*Old Navy Maternity Floral Maxi-Tank Dress for Women -
(I would give this a try even though I'm not expecting.)

What are your thoughts on maxi dresses? Do you love them as much as I do, or are they a 'no-go' for you? Do you own any of the dresses I have listed? Are you planning to buy a new maxi dress this year, or perhaps try one for the first time? Do share...it's always fun to hear from you! :)


  1. Melissa!! Did you get your Chateau Trench yet? Would love to know what you think, perhaps there will be a post on it. Really curious to hear -- I'd ordered the 00P before but the coat felt like it was assaulting me once I put it on -- pinned my arms in a strange way. I reordered in the 0P and it fits a bit better but the arm/armholes still fit so strangely. The Pinning-back effect isn't as strong, but it manages to push up the sleeves on the top I'm wearing (3/4 sleeves). I'd read the reviews and agree that the armholes seem like they're cut too high, if they're creating this effect. Not sure if i'll keep it just yet.

    PS, More on topic, but all of those maxi prints are lovely! I particularly like the Starfish one with that golden tote bag. Lovely pairing! I'm 4'11" so I usually don't do anything below knee-length (not even a midi!) Just not a flattering look on me. I also notice when people here in NYC wear them, they tend to walk around lifting up the hem to keep it off the ground -- our streets can be dirty & messy, not good for the low hem. :-( But they look comfortable and beautiful. Can't wait til summer!!

    1. I think I'm going to keep the trench, squished shoulders and all -- it's just too damn cute! Love the lining detail, the hood and the barley color, which will work as a nice neutral with jeans. I wish the armhole issue weren't so prominent but I don't want to try another size at this point (I worry that a 2P would add bulk and length where neither is wanted.) The winter chateau didn't work for me (the few times I tried it in Regular) so that's probably I'm so surprised with the silhouette on this one -- I know the winter chateau was loved by many.

    2. Hi TM93! I did finally get my Chateau trench coat, and have the same issue as you do with the armholes. I ordered the same size as my Chateau parka, and it fits well everywhere, except at the armholes and upper arm area, where it feels a tad snug. Not sure if sizing up will be there answer or not, because as you mentioned, I do not want the other proportions to be off or too large. I wish they had used the same fabric for the lining of the arms as they did on the winter version, as it makes a shirt or tee slide through it more easily. The measurements on this version are the same as the winter version, and that's why I went with the same size. I'm just not sure if sizing up is the answer. The barley color is super cute, and the perfect neutral, but I am anxiously awaiting the fiery sunset to see which color I like best, and if it might fit a little differently, too. I will keep you posted! :)

    3. Oh, that's really puzzling about the measurements being the same in the parka version, yet the trench fits so snug! Thanks for letting me know your thoughts on the fit, thought I was invading things. I bet you're right about the lining fabric, how that would've allowed for a smoother slide. How disappointing. I need to try mine on a few more times, with a few different tops, before I decide what to do. I'd love to keep it, but need to be comfortable. (But I'm leaning towards keeping it! Just too cute! But I guess I don't want to be busting out of this thing or having it rip on me :-o)

      Can't wait to hear your thoughts on the Fiery Sunset!

  2. Do you know who the first dress is by? Thanks

    1. Hi Unknown - if you meant the dress in the first photo, I do not know unfortunately, but sure wish I did, as I would love to own it for myself! That photo was taken several years ago by The Sartorialist, and happens to be one of my favorites. If I ever come across a similar dress, I will be sure to share it here on my blog! :)