A couple weeks ago, my two lovely friends Jenn of Jubilant Dose and Yuena of Simply Yue came to visit me all the way from New York. One of the things they quickly noticed about me was that all I ever wear is maxi dresses! To be completely honest, this is an observation that I only noticed after it was pointed out to me. It wasn’t until then, did I realize that a majority of my wardrobe consists of… you guessed it, maxis!
As a native Californian, I practically grew up wearing these especially during the warmer months, so I didn’t think much of it. Growing up, my mom would not let me wear anything revealing. The maxi dress was a fair compromise — it allowed me to embrace my femininity while staying reserved. In Palm Springs, it’s warm if not HOT probably 9 out of 12 months on average.With that said, having a good variety of these numbers on rotation is key!
When asked why I can’t seem to get enough of maxi dresses, I came up with 5 reasons…
THEY ARE COMFORTABLE & CHIC
It’s not always easy to score both style and comfort in an outfit, but you pretty much can’t go wrong with a maxi. I am not a fan of wearing pants unless I absolutely have to. Not only are they restricting, it’s hard to find ones that flatter my skinny legs and lack of bum. Maxi dresses fix that problem for me, and they evoke a carefree vibe that meshes well with my lifestyle! I personally love the airy, flowy styles for several reasons — they are cooling in the harsh desert heat, and I can go bra-less. There’s truly no better feeling than being able to just throw on a maxi and be headed out the door!
THEY ARE LAYER-FRIENDLY
Layering is a breeze because just about any coat, poncho, or cardigan will look effortlessly cozy and cute over maxi dresses. Since they are longer, I don’t have to worry about my legs being exposed directly to the cold like I would if I wore a shorter dress or skirt. Whenever I’m headed somewhere warm during the day with chillier nights, I’ll just bring along a jacket and be fine. Leggings or tights can also be seamlessly worn under maxis that are long enough and don’t have slits or openings for extra warmth.
THEY ARE ELONGATING
One of my favorite things about maxi dresses is that they are very forgiving when it comes to proportions. Have an oddly short torso but long legs or vice versa? Nobody can tell when you’re in a maxi — at least not the way they might if you were wearing a top and shorts. Ultimately, I find maxis to be flattering on most body types including my own. While I’m not considered short, I do feel that these silhouettes make me appear much taller and slimmer!
THEY ARE SUITABLE FOR VARIOUS OCCASIONS
This is true in California at least. I’ve worn maxi dresses to girl’s brunch, dates with my boyfriend, weddings, and even out to run errands. You can say that they fit the bill for all sorts of events, with the exception of more activity-based occasions like hiking of course. Getting ready doesn’t take me very long when I can just put on a maxi and maybe my favorite hat and go-to jewelry.
THEY ARE EASY TO PACK
The secret to packing light on travels (or at least, to the tropical destinations)? Maxi dresses! They generally don’t take up much space in the luggage and can be neatly folded or rolled up. If you’re looking to keep your outfits simple yet elegant, this would be your best bet. Get all your bases covered and don’t fret about what top you’re going to match with your bottom and packing them separately. This leaves you more room to get creative with accessories and pack more shoes & bags if that tickles your fancy.
I’ve been getting into the spirit of Spring officially coming up in less than a week by shopping these gorgeous silhouettes. Another great thing about maxi dresses is that they are readily available at every price point. You can get a super cute one without spending a lot. If you’re up for a splurge, you can count on a generous variety of dresses to choose from too! The dress I’m wearing in this post is from TJ Maxx. It’s made by Jaase, an Australian label. If you’re a Maxxinista, I definitely recommend perusing through their Spring collection 🙂
Are you a maxi kind of gal?
Photos by David Potter