Wednesday, June 04, 2008

What I'd Wear Wednesday: Maxi?

What I'd wear today if I could: probably not one of the old-style 70s / newly renamed "maxi" dresses -- supposedly the dress of summer 08. Have you seen them around?

It isn't nice to fool Mother Nature

Didn't I see you on The Love Boat?

Two sleeves and some snaps away from a housecoat

My stepmother's best friend liked to sew a lot, and when I was a teenager, she gave me a bunch of her old patterns. At the time, I was like, "EWWW!!!" but I kept them anyway, hoping my skills would someday be good enough to take bits and pieces of several patterns to make my own design. And you know what? One of those old patterns looks just like these maxi dresses! From 1974!

I can't say I would never wear a dress like this because sometimes a design ends up growing on me. But right now, I can't find the allure.

What do you think about this trend?

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Blogger Michelle Fluttering Butterflies said...

You know, I kind of like them. As long as they have some sort of shape to them, like the first dressed you showed(and definately NOT the last one) but I'm not sure I'd necessarily wear one.. only because I feel uncomfortable and self-conscious in a dress. More of a jeans girl, but I'd like to be a dress-wearer.

8:06 AM  
Blogger Stephanie Wilson she/her @babysteph said...

Being pregnant, I totally love these dresses- for around the house. Not for leaving the house. So I guess that does kinda make them like a housecoat.


8:18 AM  
Blogger Melissa @ Banana Migraine said...

I don't mind them - especially the first one. I like them because they hide my belly :)

8:30 AM  
Blogger Janet said...

I would wear the first one, I think. It seems to be less tent-like. You're right about the second one: Love Boat-a-rama.

8:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am curvy and seem to balloon dresses like this out .. it makes me sad since I would like to love them.

11:04 AM  
Blogger CaraBee said...

I think I'm a throwback to a previous era because I love the long dresses. Although toting a baby around in one might not be so practical. Not loving the colors of #2 tho. A little too Mrs. Roper for me.

11:20 AM  
Blogger Bloggy Mama said...

looks pretty easily sew-able.
I bet they sell for a hundred bucks.

11:57 AM  
Blogger the mama bird diaries said...

I think you have to be very tall... which i am not. :)

1:01 PM  
Blogger Jennifer Swanepoel said...

The first one looks okay, but the others? Ewww.

3:02 PM  
Blogger RefreshMom said...

I think it's funny that they brought back the name with the style this time. The last 3 or so go-rounds of flowy long dresses weren't called "Maxi" like they were in the 70's.

I wouldn't/couldn't/shouldn't wear any of those. The halter has no support and would hit me in all the wrong spots and the others would make me look like a wallpapered elephant (and I'm not even elephant sized).

I still have a theory that some poor clothing distributor who went out of business in 1979 (when pink polo shirts and all things preppy replaced the "flower child/disco" look) recently opened his warehouse a la Morty Seinfeld and is flooding the market with everything that didn't move 30 years ago!

7:57 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

I don't think I'd wear it. It's one of those trends that looks good on only a select group of people - the tall, skinny type...

11:06 PM  
Blogger Kristi said...

I am not a fan either. I'm 5'2, and ankle-length dresses with no shape look horrendous on me.

6:39 AM  
Blogger Mamacita Tina said...

Visually, not too appealing to me, but they do look cool and comfortable. But then again, I swore I'd never wear a mumu.

8:40 AM  
Blogger amanda said...

they look very comfy, just not sure i could actually pull it off??

i might not be cool enough for them. know what i mean?

10:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good for pregnancy! Not so bad!

12:52 PM  
Blogger Freckle Face Girl said...

Not so bad if they were shorter, especially the top one. I guess that kills the point though.

1:15 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

oh I love that first one! Soooo cute

2:58 PM  
Blogger Cathy, Amy and Kristina said...

Maybe as maternity wear...?

I don't know ... they're a little too mumuish!

3:29 PM  
Blogger trash said...

I felt the same way when brown 'bootcut' cords came back in the late '90s. I know LIVE in them!!!!!!!

2:09 AM  
Blogger silverpebble said...

Dragged my big pregnant belly to see Sex and The City last night - lots of maxi dresses in that. Good to cover lumpy bits but I'm with you - not outside the house.

Really enjoying your blog


2:33 PM  
Blogger groovyoldlady said...

I like the last one...but then, I am old.

3:09 PM  
Blogger Maria said...

I had to go search for this post after your comment. I completely forgot about it! Apparently I would wear one, because I did wear one! Mine was free courtesy of a friend who couldn't wear it (dress was too small for her). I love it... super comfortable, and mine does have some shape, so I don't look like a boat. I told my husband Sunday (while wearing it), that I felt like a hippy...nursing my 18 month old, wearing the "maxi" dress... overlooking the Reflecting Pool. LOL!

8:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those maxi dresses are amazing!!

7:45 AM  

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