Maxi dresses + Petites = ?
Yes, petites CAN wear maxi dresses and it can look quite flattering too. Last year, I wrote about some general guidelines for selecting a maxi dress for petites. This year, I found a maxi dress with a unique graphic print. Pairing it with a chambray top only enhances the summertime look.
Check out other ways to style the chambray top here.
It’s June and summer should be in full swing, but over here in the SF Bay Area, the weather has been strange. It’s COLD! If you check out the cloud formations in the photos, you’ll notice that it looks like it’s about to rain. And you’re right because soon after I snapped these photos, it started sprinkling.
Weird weather aside, the chambray top is tied at the bottom to shorten the length from the front and provide some visual interest. You could wear it without the knots but I think it ends up looking a little shapeless. I got the idea from the J.Crew crewcuts catalog…I’m not original.
I’ve seen many people wear maxi dresses with super tall platforms, but for me, it’s not practical. I wear maxi dresses to the beach and flat sandals are paramount. Instead of flip flops (which are so uncomfortable), I prefer wearing strappy gladiator sandals.
You can still look slim and tall in a maxi dress without having to wear heels. Isn’t that the best?
Though it may seem like this dress is perfectly made for petites, it’s not. In size 1, it’s huge and I folded several inches of fabric to tuck underneath the belt to make it look just right. I’m waiting for my tailor to get back from vacation so I can get it slimmed and hemmed to my proportions.
It’s too good to be sitting in the alterations pile. It was practically begging me to take it out for a spin. So, I obliged.
Outfit Details: Martin + Osa chambray top – 0, Maurie and Eve maxi dress (via ShopRobertson.com) – 1, GAP obi belt, Modcloth necklace, Express bangle, Emma Stine floral ring, Longchamp Le Pliage large tote, Muzina sandals
Looking for more ideas to wear maxi dresses? Check out my other posts:
- Can Petites Wear Maxi Dresses?
- Gryphon Summer 2011 Part 1
- Petite Fashion Challenge – Vacation Vogue
- Banana Republic x Trina Turk Maxi Dress
- Stylin’ Summer: Striped Maxi Dress