Monday, 14 February 2011

Guest Post: Maxi Makes a Comeback

It's time for another guest post. As the Maxi trend is so huge this upcoming season, I thought it'd be a good idea to have a trend report on them. So here's your guide:

In an age that’s seen women’s liberation from bras and the proud projection of gams from mini-skirts, why would we take anything from the days of medieval and Victorian Europe--specifically, the maxi skirt?


Think about it. Back in the day, peasants wore long skirts and dresses but those working the fields tucked them up to allow for mobility. Noblewomen didn’t have to move, so they let their skirts trail practically miles behind them. That was the fashion until centuries down the road when the mini-skirt stormed the streets in the 1960s. Since girls looking for love have discovered that it’s no longer trashy to show off our legs, why would we ever go back to something that barely shows any ankle?

Fashion Statement and Revolution
The maxi skirt is “fashion’s backlash to the short skirt,” suggests Morgan Yakus, a partner in No.6 (a fashion store in Manhattan).
She makes a good point.  While covering the legs entirely, the look of the maxi skirt is long, lean, and lithe—all traits for which most women would and do pay money. Lord of the Rings enthusiasts can rejoice and pretend to play Elves when paired with slim, flowery, sustainably harvested bamboo tops while urban fashionistas pair them with military parks and biker boots.

The Answer to Cold and Under-Confident Women Everywhere

Besides, not everyone wants to wear a mini skirt at the year’s first 50-plus degree breeze.  Many of us sorta feel like throttling the ones who insist they’re not cold when we can clearly see frost forming on their bare goose-bumpy legs.  
Moreover, for girls lacking in the confidence to pair a mini with boots, maxi skirts can make them feel just as fashionable and feminine as their shorter-hemmed counterparts.
As with minis, though, maxi skirts come with an understanding that they really don’t match everything in your closet.  Yes, the look is a classic one, but so is a sun bonnet.

1.       Watch proportions.  While you wouldn’t wear a tube top with a mini (for fear of being mistaken for a member of the oldest profession in civilized history), think thin when you’re sporting a maxi.  If you’re going big and flared on the bottom, watch your proportions and go slim up top.
2.      Look for the flare.  Hunt down skirts that hug your hips and flare out.  A-line shapes are flattering for many body types.
3.      Keep it consistent.  If you’re going for more of a Morticia look than an Ophelia one, stay away from floral designs, especially if you’ll be wearing your steel-toe boots.
4.       Perfect for summer (spring?) lovin’.  There’s almost nothing more charming than wearing a maxi with a pair of flat sandals to the beach.


cryskay said...

love lea michele's dress! the print is gorgeous. xo

Filipa said...

Good info on the maxi. I always used to feel that because I'm short I wil never look good in maxi, but all I need to do is pair if with killer heels/ or better yet wedges! :) I do think I even prefer it to the minis! :)

Liana said...

great post! i absolutely adore maxi skirts and want to add more to my collection :)

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Francesca said...

I love maxi dresses yes :) I love wearing crop tops over the top as well to mix it up a bit

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Dressing Up For Me said...

Thanks for the do´s and don´ts on wearing a maxi dress/skirt. I think it´s time to pull out my old floral one from hibernation. ;)

Cafe Fashionista said...

I'm loving the maxi myself right now; though I'm not sure if I could pull it off - it seems like it would be too much for my height (I'm only 5'1). :)

Sophie said...

I bought a maxi dress which I'm looking forward to wearing :)
Great post

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B a la Moda said...

I loved this post and the way you tak about the history behind and the ideas you give to combine maxi skirts.

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Madeline Weber said...

love these dresses! so beautiful


Mrs. April said...

I can't pull of a maxi. I see them everywhere and they look good on others, but not me. My cousins and I have very different body types and we each tried one on, and we couldn't figure out if any of us even looked alright. I don't think I can pull it off. :S


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