Friday, April 11, 2014

Shopping Help: Maxi Dresses

Are you ready for maxi dress OVERLOAD?  It was hard to resist...spring and summer begs for maxi dresses, and there are so many great options out right now!  

Solid Jersey Dresses
I LOVE these kinds of dresses.  I also call them "pajama dresses" because they feel like you're wearing pajamas.  You can wear these anytime, of course, but I especially love them when I have really long days during which I need to be active.  However, I also think of these when I think of going on vacation.  Totally laid back, simple, and casual, but they can be dressed up with bolder jewelry and strappy wedges.

Option 1 (Target) - Comes in 4 different colors.

Option 2 (ModCloth) - I love this one, but it's a little expensive.  I think it also comes in a bright red and black.  

Option 3 (Target) - I wanted to show one with sleeves too.  Also comes in 4 colors.

Option 4 (Forever 21) - This is less than $9!  Comes in 3 colors.  

Because...duh.  <3

Option 5 (Gap) - Adorable, isn't it?!  I love those pockets!

Option 6 (Forever 21) - This is less than $11 and comes in 4 different stripey colors, including an adorable coral/royal blue or pink/white.  I'd belt it for more definition.  Or pair it with white sneakers, a denim jacket, a pendant necklace, and a baseball cap for the weekend.  If I could pull off that style I totally would with this dress!

Option 7 (JCPenney) - A great neutral striped dress that's not black/white.  I like the pleating detail at the neckline.  

Option 8 (Target) - Option with sleeves.

There are really fun printed maxi dresses out there!  These are fun, colorful, and know how to make a statement.  Last year I hunted for a printed maxi that I could wear to showers and other similar parties that toggled the line between casual and slightly dressed up, but not TOO dressed up.  I think most of these printed dresses fit the bill.  

Option 9 (Dillard's) - Colored blocked chevron--sooooo cute!  If it weren't for being pregnant I'd probably wanna take this one on our Maui babymoon with me.  But then if I wasn't pregnant we wouldn't be going on a Maui babymoon...

Option 10 (Amazon) - Really pretty!  I could see this dressed down or paired with heels for a bit nicer of an event.  

Option 11 (Forever 21) - Great, affordable tribal print maxi for spring and summer.

Option 12 (JCPenney) - Fun print that feels a little more sophisticated, yet laid-back at the same time.  It'd look really fresh with a white blazer, but fantastic outdoors with a straw fedora.

And of course, florals!  

Option 13 (Forever 21) - I love the big flowers.  The flounce at the bust would be great for anyone looking to fill out their top half.  :)

Option 14 (Old Navy) - Comes in a white/light blue too.  I felt this in store for all of .001 seconds as I quickly walked by.  The material seemed really light (don't quote me on that, though), and the website says it's fully lined. 

Option 15 (Forever 21) - A colorful floral maxi that allows you to have a TON of mix and match options.

Option 16 (JCPenney) - I'm always unimpressed with this one until I look at it zoomed in.  For some reason I really like that the flowers are pointy, almost like leaves.  And I like the sweetheart neckline and thickness of the straps.  It looks like it provides really good shape, though I haven't actually tried it in person to know for sure.  

Which kind of maxi dress would you add to your wardrobe next?


  1. I love maxi dresses too! I find them really hard to buy for me though as I'm quite tall and they are rarely ever long enough. But I just love how casual or dressed up they can be!! I like number 8 and 10. xx

  2. You can't beat a good maxi dress, coney and stylish. A real win win.

    x x

  3. I love maxi dresses. :) These are lots of great options.

  4. thanks for including some with sleeves. I don't wear anything without sleeves, so a maxi dress that I have to add a shirt under kinda defeats the purpose of comfort to me!

  5. I worry that they do look too much like pjs, until I found some last year at Old Navy that were comfy, flattering, and did look more like dresses than pjs because the patterns. Best of all it was the end of season, so they were on crazy sale - plus, now I have something to look forward to this spring (brand new dresses!) I do love the prints that you found - especially the one from Amazon!

  6. I have SO many black and white or striped maxi dresses, its embarrassing! I love the floral and printed options!


  7. Any thoughts on maxi dresses/skirts for short people? I'm 5'4" and have had a hard time finding any that aren't dragging on the ground and tripping me.

  8. I would hem them. Or Target and Old Navy have petites.

  9. Love your blog SO much! Do you mind if I feature you along with a couple other fabulous preggers fashionistas? Let me know! [email protected]

    PS. I'm 22 weeks :)


  10. Just wanted to come out of lurking to tell you how much I love your blog! You have fantastic style. I really appreciate how easy it is to navigate your blog, I love the "search by items" list, it's tremendous! Congratulations on your pregnancy.

  11. I fell in love with no. 2 and 9. I was thinking about buying a maxi dress for this summer and I think I'll do this :)



  12. I love maxi dresses! I have a wedding in CA, in June and am looking for the perfect one. Anyone have some ideas? What is appropriate for a CA wedding? :)

  13. Thank you, MIchele! I'm glad you decided to say hello :)

  14. Clothes and CreativitySunday, April 13, 2014

    I'm such a fan of maxi dresses. So easy to wear, and they instantly add a touch of "dressiness"! Just yesterday I picked up a maxi which is quite similar to # 5. Can't wait to wear it!

  15. Believe it or not, I just bought my first maxi skirt! I can not believe that I did not try this sooner!! I plan to ask for a maxi dress in my summer Stitch Fix. I love the printed ones here! susan

  16. Audrey you are goood. The neutral striped from JCPenney is a winner for me. I think I'd like it with different color belts also. I see navy and kelly green both looking good.

  17. I'm 35 weeks pregnant and JUST discovered maxi dresses. I never wore them pre-preg because they didn't compliment my shape (5'4" and pear-shaped). But now I've been getting compliments whenever I wear the one I bought. Audrey, you could do a post on how the bump can empower you to get out of a wardrobe rut.

  18. Love that coral-y number!

  19. I felt so frumpy when I tried on a black maxi skirt. I'm going to give it another try with a colored or pattered maxi skirt. Any tips on how to not feel frumpy?

  20. If it's a jersey knit it usually needs some harder texture with it, like a leather belt or a denim jacket. Cute leather sandals do the trick too.

  21. Dress #14 is a very heavy spring fabric - I think in summer months it will be too hot. Also it most definitely does NOT have a lining at all. I bought it last week and am five feet tall, too long but the elastic is tight enough to tuck the extra length up into it. Shows my bump nicely, husband actually picked it out :)

  22. Charlotte HanleyThursday, April 17, 2014

    You might not be able to help me out here, but I'm tall and often find that if it's not sandal weather, maxis look a little awkward on me since they are a little short (yes, even if it 'runs long'). What shoes would you wear with a maxi for Spring, when my toesies would freeze in sandals? Also, I'm just about the same length along with baby number two, so I'm excited to copy some of your pregnancy outfits!!

  23. I wear maxi dresses with flats too. Congrats on baby number 2!

  24. Stripes for sure! I especially love the neutral number from JCPenny!

  25. I really love a lot of these maxi dresses - I used to have two maxi dresses of my own, but I shrunk one of them and the other one had a floral print that I liked alright but eventually grew tired of...so now I have no maxi dresses! I'd love to find another one, preferably a solid jersey one like the ones you posted in the top row, as long as they're long enough for me! :)

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