The Dressing Room – Maxed out

I used to live in dresses before having Eva.  Now because I have to bend over to pick her up or help her walk, I’ve swapped my beloved dresses for pants or shorts (which of course are a respectable length).  That is, until I rediscovered my maxi dresses, which were tucked away amongst mine and Eva’s clothes (The three of us share a closet.  It’s brutal.   I try to stay organized and rotate clothes based on season but sometimes, it’s exhausting.  LOL!).  I was upset with myself that I didn’t think about these dresses sooner.  It’s such a baby-friendly outfit (a go-to momiform even).  A maxi dress (At an appropriate length.  We, petite girls, need to have it hemmed unless you wear heels, which isn’t always ideal when totting kids around) is an easy quick outfit to put on and comfortable too.  If it’s cool out, pair it with a denim jacket (like I have below. loving the denim trend right now.) or a leather jacket (love that edgy meets boho chic look when paired with a maxi) or a cropped cardigan.  I say cropped cardigan because of how loose and flowy a maxi dress is.  Pairing it with a boyfriend cardigan can swallow your frame, especially for petite girls.  If it’s warm, pair it with a denim vest (which I just nabbed recently during a trip to Marshalls.  I’ve been searching for one for a while!) or a lightly somewhat loose crocheted top or an light scarf (a la Jessica Alba) or just the maxi itself.

When I was younger and the maxi dress/skirt was in style at the time (late 90s), I stayed away from the trend because I was told “You’re short.  You’re going to look even shorter.”  “The fabric is going to swallow your frame.”  For petite girls, all these statements can be true.  However, the secret, as in all things fashion related, to not looking shorter is fit!  How wide is the skirt?  If you cut off the length, will it affect the shape of the dress?  If you don’t get it hemmed, then commit to wearing the dress with heels.  The extra fabric with flats may look sloppy and swallow your frame.  After I saw petite celebrities, such as Eva Longoria, wearing maxi dresses, I knew that if they could wear these dresses and not look ridiculously short and frumpy, then I could too.  I purchased basic colors first then moved on to prints.  Prints can be tricky though.  You have to select one that won’t overwhelm your frame.  When in doubt, take a picture of you in your outfit in the mirror (Selfies anyone?  :-P).  Silly but it works!!!


Dress:  Forever21
Jacket:  Uniqlo
Watch:  Michael Kors (last seen here)

Roll up your sleeves for that casual chic look.

Ready to play with baby girl at the playground.  

Photos by Laurie

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