The Maxi Dresses
The Summer I Fell in Love with Maxi Dresses
I am a pretty short person. As a twenty something, I stand 5 foot 2 inches tall. Or maybe I should say 5 foot 2 inches short. In fact, when I recently found out I had grown an inch from the 5 foot 1 I had been claiming to be for the past several years, I was a little more excited than I probably should have been.
For the most part I actually love being small. And when it comes to fashion, us size small people tend to have an advantage on some styles. (But fear not if you AREN’T a size small, each size has their own fashion styles that they rock better than the rest of us could ever dream of!) However, there was one fashion trend I was absolutely petrified to try as such a short person.
The maxi dress.
I would walk through stores, see them hanging there, long and flowing with their bright, bold, incredibly gorgeous patterns and instantly be mesmerized. I would then snap back into reality as I looked at the length of the dress then looked at the length of my legs and realize there was no way that I could put that dress on and not be stepping on a yard of fabric which would surely be pooled on the ground.
Fast forward about a year to this past summer. I was planning to take a trip to Southern India with a group from the college I was attending. In India, everyone is incredibly modest. It is their culture, a lot of it stemming from their religion. I’m sure you have seen the traditional Indian saris and other garments before and know that Indians like to cover themselves. (Which is something I think most other cultures can do a better job of! Please?) Because we didn’t want to offend anyone while in India, we planned to dress as similarly to their code of modesty as possible.
This meant, as you could probably see how this story was going, maxi dresses/skirts.
Oh man. One of my biggest fashion fears and I were being forced to confront each other. Not only did I have to try a maxi dress, but I was going to be wearing them every single day straight for almost three weeks.
Skeptically, I ordered a reasonably priced maxi dress from one of my favorite websites to buy clothes online from. I was just certain that my mom was going to have to cut a few inches off and re-hem it for me in order for me to even be able to walk in it. It eventually arrived and I decided to try it on and see how much work we were going to have to do on that hemline.
Much to my utter shock, the dress fit me perfectly. The hemline was right at my ankles, but not so low that I was stepping on it. I was instantly relieved as I realized that maybe this dress code wasn’t going to be so awful after all.
I slowly built up enough maxi dresses and skirts to get me through three weeks in India. I still wasn’t completely sold on them, thinking the length would still get in the way even if I wasn’t stepping on it.
However, this was the summer that I fell in love with maxi dresses.
India is hot. VERY hot. But being in a cotton maxi dress is the best thing I think I could have been in. They were light and flowy, comfortable, and allowed for a bit of a breeze. I’ve always been more comfortable in dresses than pants or shorts anyway, and I was pleasantly surprised that this carried over to maxi dresses as well.
To this day, I still wear maxi dresses often. I have purchased more since returning from India simply to add to my everyday wardrobe.
I tell you all of that to share this – don’t let a fashion style scare you because you think you can’t pull it off! I’m not saying that everything looks good on everyone. Because let’s be honest, it doesn’t. So sure, there will be times where you are right – that plaid button up shirt just isn’t made for your body.
However, don’t be scared to try! That’s what dressing rooms are for. Do yourself a favor and try things on that you aren’t sure how they will fit on you. Don’t be like me and just assume that you can’t wear a certain style for whatever reason. You might be surprised, I sure was!
Also, don’t be hard on yourself if something doesn’t fit you well. It doesn’t mean that you are shaped weird or fat or any of those lies us women tend to convince ourselves of. Just take a deep breath, remind yourself that everything isn’t made for everyone, and find something that IS made for you to rock!