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Dress You Up! Maxi Dresses

Ok so this first model in a serious maxi dress looks like a tree, but that is the effect the longest dress of all can help one achieve. I was actually just on a hunt for a maxi dress and ended up scoring an awesome black silk Corey Lynn Calter one. I wore it to Fashion Week Live last month. I gotta tell ya, I stood out (in a good way) amongst all the legs and got several compliments. My analysis: maxi dresses are the next 'It' dress. After all, the only way to go after the mini dress is down, way down. I wore mine with some exotic flats because I am tall; if you're on the shorter side, these look retro redone with a solid pair of wood-heeled wedges.

Twinkle by Wenlan 'Midsummer' Long Dress, $497.

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Petite Petite 9 years
I had no idea that I was on the 'cutting edge' of a trend when I wore a "Maxi dress" in Las Vegas last month! I'm 5'1, and the dress I bought came just to the top of my feet in heels. The empire waist (not a fan of) kind of made me look wide because I have a wide rib cage, but otherwise, it looked great! I'm 115 lbs, so even though the dress does make my hips and ass look a little wide, my thin face and arms revealed the 'real me'. I got the most complements on that dress!
Punkingirl Punkingirl 10 years
I love the Twinkle dress too. I like the idea of the maxidress but seems as though you really have to search to find the right fit.
renaimarie renaimarie 10 years
I am completely obsessed with the Twinkle dress. Seeing it in person solidified it for me. I think the color is amazing, and the cut and fabric are absolutely beautiful. Now, if I only I could grow a few inches, and up my salary by a few figures! Ouch!
kd0024 kd0024 10 years
The first one is just awful but the other two look fab!
JKe895 JKe895 10 years
I'm 5'1" and all I do is have them hemmed and everything still looks great! I'm hoping to get a few more this early spring! I love them and it's so simple/chic.
mom2 mom2 10 years
bugness bugness 10 years
I tried on one of these dresses a while back, and I had to laugh at my reflection. It looked like I was wearing a nightgown pretending it was an evening gown. I'm six foot, but I just don't get the look. I prefer showing off my legs in minis. -Bug
Jamee-Ro Jamee-Ro 10 years
Haha Karla! I really don't mind being short, I just wish I was one of those people who could wear anything, but I just can't :( And yeah, pants are way too long, but the tailor at Nordstrom knows me by name, and like my 5'11" roomie says--you can take length off a pair of jeans, but you can't put more on! The best things in life are free. The second best are expensive.
Karla-Sugar Karla-Sugar 10 years
Hear hear, Jamie Ro and Inertia! The fashion industry doesn't support us. Pants are always way too long, and long skirts make us look even smaller. Spring is the only time of year you can FIND short dresses; time to take advantage.
tihea tihea 10 years
Wish I could pull that first one off, but alas, between kids and mom's genes, I'm too short and fluffy. Nice to not have to see every inch of skin between bra and panty though!
Zoey13 Zoey13 10 years
Long, full dresses are super hard on most people. They can make even the thinnest person appear huge.
kayleigh83 kayleigh83 10 years
Too short for this, I'd look like I was walking around in a tent. But it doesn't bother me really, I don't like the look of them very much anyways!
Wicked Wicked 10 years
I'm short so these dresses would swallow me.
chancleta chancleta 10 years
I like'em
JK-Boogie JK-Boogie 10 years
I love this look... I am 5ft 11ins so this is perfect for me. I have 2 already
misspoli misspoli 10 years
I love these dresses!! They make me look very tall... ************************************************************* "To be or not to be: That is the question!" William Shakespeare
partysugar partysugar 10 years
I've been loving Maxi dresses for awhile now. Last summer when I was in Spain I was way into wearing them and I wore a vintage Egyptian style one to my 25th birthday party. I'm hoping to add a few more to my collection this season.
jc jc 10 years
The Twinkle dress is cute but SUUUPER long! I don't understand how anyone, but supermodles, can wear that. My friend is carrying that exact dress in her boutique.
inertia inertia 10 years
This is bad news for petite women... I'm 5'2" and used to wear skirts this long. I was 25 lbs underweight at the time and still needed to use 6" platform heels to avoid looking wide and stumpy with those skirts. It looked dramatic and elegant with the giant shoes, but it was awful trying to navigate the crowded staircases and irregular hills of Tokyo with such high heels and my skirt sweeping the ground and getting stepped on. Don't know what I was thinking. Nowadays I stick to miniskirts and jeans. (LOL)
CGW CGW 10 years
I'm not a fan of the long dresses. I think the short ones are a lot more fun. The long ones just seem too formal for me. Plus, I'm tall, so I feel like the long dresses just make me look like a giant.
GQ_send GQ_send 10 years
first one is ugly. 2nd one is a dress that most people can wear. 3rd one, u really have to be good looking to pull it off, that's why the model look so good in it.
BeeMoney BeeMoney 10 years
I love long dresses, but you have to do it right or you end up looking really off...
fluffypuff fluffypuff 10 years
Thanks for posting this. I've been looking for a good maxi dress for quite a while now.
PrissyLilBadAss PrissyLilBadAss 10 years
I'm 5'4" and I can wear the maxi dresses. I love the first one, it just makes me think of dining beach side in the Bahamas! "Party like a rock star, pound like a porn star, play like an all star!"
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