Today was Maxi Day, sponsored by Liz and Linda over at Every Body Every Wear (EBEW), where fashion bloggers everywhere, myself included, set out to hide some of their best features underneath a maxi dress. Can you guess how I really feel about maxi dresses?
dress -- Kathie Lee Collection
cardigan -- Take Out (thrifted)
boots -- American Eagle (Payless)
I almost didn't join in on this challenge, because I wasn't sure if I could make this work for me. I'm not a big fan of the maxi, and on top of that, and my office is just so conservative. To me, it's the kind of dress that belongs at a luau or something.
But I had so much fun doing the EBEW challenge on the last go around -- (you can see my entry for the polka dot challenge here). So I put my thinking cap and decided that I would cheat. Yes, I cheated, but not in the way that you think. I actually did wear this dress to work today -- all day. I have absolutely no idea where it came from -- my mom may have gotten it for me. I liked the colors in it, so I never got rid of it.
So what I did was to hoist it up around my waist, and put a belt on to keep it up there. When everybody had gone home for the night, and it was just my photographer and me left, I undid the belt, and voilà -- a maxi dress was born! Boy did it surprise my photographer!
Here's how it looked during the day.
cardigan -- Carolyn Taylor
I wasn't completely crazy about the white cardigan, but I couldn't wear the purple because it was too short. That was the hardest part -- trying to decide what to wear with it! It was sleeveless, so I had to wear something, but yet everything I pulled out was way too wintery or too lacy for work. (It looked like a tornado had hit my room by the time I left -- I had to spend two hours hanging up and refolding everything that I tried on!)
I agonized over what to wear on my feet as well. I have trouble, in general, matching footwear to an outfit, but it's even worse with a maxi dress.