Since at least the 1960’s, when I was a young teen, maxi dresses have swooshed in and out of style. I have pictures of me in Laura Ashley-style baby florals and off-the-shoulder gathered maxi dresses. Maxis have always been appropriate for semi-formal occasions. And let’s not forget the difficult-to-wear-and-not-look-like-a nun ankle-length denim skirt. Yes, I wore those too.
Now you can find long dresses and skirts in all the shops, for all seasons, and to suit just about any taste. I have a couple of dark knit maxi skirts that are the staples of my travel wardrobe. An ivory linen maxi skirt is another favorite, with just a tank top and sandals.
And as always, I look to the stylish women at Visible Monday to get more inspiration. Here are a few gorgeous examples from this week’s edition:
Meadow Tree. Teresa made this fabulous pants/skirt maxi combo from one of her mother’s old sewing patterns. She looks so retro/modern and ready to sip from that apricot cocktail (she provides the recipe in her post).
Retro Chic Mama. Michelle’s loving her Ikat print maxi skirt from AllSaints. She exudes a wonderful boho feeling here and how sweet are those barely-there sandals?
Doused in Pink. Jill looks cool and relaxed in her cold-shoulder maxi dress and aviator shades. This is the easiest way to wear a maxi – pull it on, add some chic wedge sandals, and go about your day. I think tie dye now qualifies as a classic print!
Vintage Vix. Vix is a queen, perhaps an empress, of the vintage maxi. She creates a lot of her fabulous maxi dresses and skirts and scours the thrifts for others – and always looks like her signature bewitching self. She has an online shop too, filled with vintage goodies; check it out here.
Bag and Beret. Melanie’s style is brilliant: eclectic, artistic, personal and surprising. Here’s a glorious print maxi dress with a 60’s neckline (love that) and made more Melanie with a wide leather belt and ginormous hoop earrings.
How do you like your maxis?
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