Maxi Dresses: Love ‘Em or Hate ‘Em?

I did some casual Sunday afternoon shopping today, and of course with it being summer and all I found myself naturally drawn to the maxi dresses and skirts. So many colors, prints, cuts, and even some daring pieces that were backless all had me drooling for a shopping spree. I picked up a few of my favorites and headed to the dressing room, hoping to come out with at least one piece that I really adored.

However, once again I was let down by the maxi world. Maxi dresses, like the gorgeous Vince Camuto maxi dress below, never look good on me! I am not short, so the length isn’t a deterrent like it is for some women. It is the way the maxi dresses fall on me. For anyone with wide hips, a bigger backside, or thick and/or muscular thighs, maxi dresses just highlight all. the wrong. features. Today I felt like a pregnant beluga whale while trying on 5 or 6 maxi dresses, although I know that I’m far from an orca or any other large mammal for that matter.

The feel of the maxi dresses themselves I love; they are so light and comfortable and I LOVE that in nice clothing. And I really like the way maxi dresses look on many other women, just not myself. The polyester and jersey materials do nothing for my  body, and it is quite frustrating that even though I’m by no means huge as a size 6/8, I look so dreadful in such an easygoing summer look that so many others pull off effortlessly.

Vince Camuto print cutaway dress


My current opinion is that I think maxi dresses and skirts might just be a style that slender girls can wear. Because while I am by no means fat, maxi dresses definitely make my curves feel like a bad thing. And there’s nothing wrong with that, I see  girls rocking maxis every day and I admire how thin and effortlessly chic they look.

So now that I’m done ranting about myself, I need the opinion of the other ladies out there! Maxi dresses: love ’em or hate ’em? And for anyone who has the same problem as me, have you found any designers/fabrics/cuts that eliminate this problem? Let me know! :)


Fashion Envy Fridays

So tonight I am going to a concert for one of my all time favorite groups and I am beyond excited! There is one little problem though. The concert is at an amusement park pavilion and I don’t want to lug a purse around or try and remember it every time I put it down at the ticket booth, to buy a drink, or most importantly: to enjoy the show!

Because of this, I currently have total fashion envy for the Betsey Johnson Heart Attack Crossbody. A crossbody would be the perfect bag for tomorrow! All I need to bring is money, our tickets, my phone, and a pack of gum. This super cute crossbody is perfect for that!

Betsey Johnson Heart Attack Crossbody Purse

The Heart Attack Crossbody from Betsey Johnson is  $88, and it comes in this super cute candy pink color! For a sleeker, more moto-inspired look, this crossbody also comes in black and is totally edgy. However, I’m a pink girl through and through and this hue is right up my alley.

Considering the concert is only hours away, I don’t have time to snatch up this awesome purse. My option for a crossbody is a Vera Bradley purse but the busy pattern isn’t very versatile for constant wardrobe wear. I will be sticking to a classic leather satchel from Fossil instead. Although I can wear it is a crossbody, it is not that small and actually gets a bit annoying after a while. With it, I will be wearing a high-low sheer shirt with a neon pink collar/accents as well as dark denim (even though it’s going to be hot! I might regret that…) and gladiator sandals. Let’s just hope I don’t change my mind again within the next few hours.

PS who can guess what concert I’m going to? Three hints:
1. It’s a band, not a solo act
2. They were/are known as a “teeny bopper group”
3. One of the group members is currently expecting his/her first child!

If you manage to have a guess, be sure to share it! I will shamelessly post the answer after the concert.

Happy Friday!
– A

Gap Jeans: The Under 20 Edition

We all know that shopping for quality clothing, but when you shop smart it doesn’t have to be! Check out three awesome jeans from Gap that are on sale right now, all for under $20! But just because they are under twenty dollars, doesn’t mean you have to be under 20 to rock them!

gap jeans on sale


(from left to right)

1969 always skinny skimmer jeans

1969 printed legging skimmer jeans

1969 printed always skinny skimmer jeans

Talk about some good deals! Check out these jeans and many other (there are tons that are under $50 too) on the Gap’s website right now!

If you were going to buy one of these three great deals, which would you pick? I love the purple 1969 always skinny skimmer jeans.

Want it Wednesday: Hillary’s Boutique

Hillary's Boutique Happy to the Maxi dress

I am all about supporting small businesses and spreading the word about great brands. I recently stumbled upon Hillary’s Boutique, a fashion forward boutique with Southern Charm, and I am absolutely smitten with their current offerings. Happy to the Maxi … Continue reading