Someone requested that I write on the subject of the long dress “fad.” This person hates maxi dresses. Admittedly, I embraced the maxi dress just recently. I bought two this season, and at neither time did I think of them as a fad. They’ve grown on me, and I think they’re going to become part of the day dress canon. Like skinny jeans are to denim styles.
The maxi dress started showing up in my neck of the woods about four or five years ago. You could get them at Target – the Mecca of trends on the cheap before they become trends. I had one but reserved it for the beach, the pool, or Bo Time: some environment where bystanders would not be confused as to whether or not you were wearing a nightgown. If you were, it’d be ok.
Nowadays maxi dresses are so prevalent, and it’s easy to understand why: they are easy to wear and elegant. The only complaint I have is that so many are quite bare up top or see-through. Why muss up a perfectly lovely and comfortable article with the need for special undergarments?
Which leads me to my point. I believe maxi dresses are so popular because they are comfortable. They feel like pajamas and provide desired coverage after reckless Bo Time binge. Thus, some advice: don’t go sloppy with the maxi. Wear jewelry: a statement necklace and lovely structured bangles. Wear nice shoes. Brush your hair and teeth. Pairing them with flip-flops and a big gulp only hurts this look big time and instigates loathing.