So strapless week hey. Well that Danimezza has a lot to answer for in my opinion. Strapless is very much not my thing. When looking for wedding dresses the idea of strapless did my head in. I FEEL like a line backer. You know those guys who play gridiron with the big ass pads on their shoulders? One of those guys. Not something I tend to want to emulate in my wardrobe. In saying that, that’s me, my shape {what do they call an upside down triangle anyway?}, it works so beautifully on others. But this being a challenge, here I go. Maxi skirt pulled up to the wahzoo, belted for definition.

There is not really much to say about this except I love, love these photos by Dani. The light, the colours and the way she made my Lily & Lou maxi skirt look a million bucks. I was nervous too. There is something daunting about a giant lens pointed at you even if it is being held by a friend. Dani did a beautiful job of coaxing that out of me and getting me laughing again. Especially when the tree whipped me in the face with its dangly bits.

Black Maxi Skirt {Worn as Dress} – Lily & Lou for Best & Less
Belt – City Chic {2009}
Shoes – Rubi Shoes {2010}
Necklace – Wildbling

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Photos by Danimezza.

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  • flashionfashion blog

    You look so glamouress! I love it! Good use of the maxi skirt!

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      Thank you muchly. xo

  • Amy Wells

    I love the skirt-as-dress repurpose, and the necklace is gorgeous!

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      Thank you. It is, isn’t it! I borrowed it from Dani and have been checking out the Wildbling site ever since.

  • SarahMac

    Oh you look great! Good idea re maxi skirt!

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      Thank you. πŸ˜€

  • Lisa Warren

    Seriously gorgeous! You don’t look like a linebacker at all!! Dani took some fab photos for you, but she had a beautiful subject to shoot πŸ˜‰

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      Haha. Feeeeeeel like a linebacker. And thank you. xox

  • Melissa Mitchell

    You look beautiful. You make me want to wear belts. I don’t know if they’d work on me. One day I kind of just want to show up on your doorstep and have you take me shopping and tell me what works on me.
    Ok. Restraining orders aside, I love this on you. And you’re right. Dani’s done a BEAUTIFUL job.

    I love the tree! Dangly bits and all. πŸ˜€

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      Thank you M.

      Sure!! Lets do it. We could meet half way at the Sunshine Coast or something. You could wear belts, absolutely.

      I don’t want to talk about the tree. Ha!

  • Omega

    This is a great idea, the maxi skirt looks really lovely as dress… and yes Dani has done a fantastic job here but she did have a very beautiful woman for her model.. you look stunning!

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      Thank you Omega. awkward blushing. Haha. Dani did beautifully.

  • Alison Spence

    Great idea Melissa, love the look. I’m with you when it comes to strapless dresses! Eeeeeek!

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      Eeeeek indeed. Haha. But worth a go for the challenge, for sure. I even have a plan for swimsuit week. But strapless, holy heck, no idea!

  • Laura Diete

    Great idea of using the maxi skirt as a strapless dress, and so glamourous. I’ve never gone strapless… eek! I’m gonna say it again – your body confidence is inspiring Suger :)

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      Thank you, the necklace certainly takes it to the next level, that’s for sure.

      I own one, very old strapless bra from SARA that rarely gets busted out because I don’t trust strapless bras, so I hear you.

      I’m proud to be able to provide inspiration, I think we all do in our own way. So thank you again. xo

  • Trudie Bristow

    Gorgeous pics for a gorgeous lady. I love a bit of old maxi skirt masking as a dress action. It’s one of those wardrobe things I’ve been doing forever.

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      And doing it like a boss, I’m sure! Thank you Trudie. :)

  • Siki-Lou

    where do I even start?! Love so many things about this post!! The photo location is beautiful, you eyes are smokin and that maxi-skirt turned dress is a lovely idea! Make the garment work for you not you work for the garmet right?! What a hot summer look! :)

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      Thank you T. I think it’s something I’ll consider wearing again, for sure. And I never thought I’d say THAT.

  • Pamela Collett-Dyer

    I honestly would never have thought of wearing a maxi as a dress like that – good thinking 99!

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      Thanks! Desperate times call for desperate measures. Haha.

  • Talia Carbis

    You look great!!!

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      Thanks! :)

  • river

    Strapless is not my thing either. I’d be forever hitching up to make sure my boobs aren’t falling out. Give me a good solid shoulder strap any day. I love the necklace.

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      I hear you lady! I think that’s where the good quality bra comes in, and even then I’m wary. Haha .

  • Norlin Mustapha

    Love it! I’m not a huge fan of strapless items either..,makes me feel so exposed! But love the idea of changing a maxi skirt into a dress. You look great btw!

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      Thank you Norlin. Exposed is EXACTLY the word I used when wearing it. Very exposed. I am curious as to why (personally) to be honest. I’ll keep you all posted. πŸ˜‰

  • Neysha Ann Machnig

    oh sugar you are just stunning! i love that this is usually a skirt. so awesome! and that necklace it fabulous!!!! xx

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      Thank you Neysha. Me too. So versatile. Haha. The necklace is gorgeous and easy to wear.

  • Audrey

    j aime bcp cette robe et donc cette tenue ;o)

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      Then you Audrey. :)

      {And thank you Google Translate}

  • Amanda Fuller

    Look at you my beautiful friend! You’re stunning!! Great photos too Dani!

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      Thank you Amanda. xo

  • Natalie Mulford

    Great thinking turning a skirt into a dress! You look wonderful, the photos are amazing, Dani is super talented!

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      Thanks! We make a good team. Absolutely. :)

  • Olivia

    Why hello there sexy lady! I really love you in strapless- now go buy yourself some! ,

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      Hey there. Haha. Thank you, I’m not so sure, but I certainly won’t be ruling strapless out every time now.

  • Jeanie

    AAAAMAZING photos!! I am loving the light, bokeh effect etc. Awesome awesome awesome! You were my inspiration for hiking up my own skirt LOL. You looked so good I figured I could give it a go too. Your shoes, accessories and belt, it all works. Well done.

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      They are, aren’t they. So beautiful.

      Thank you. The belt and shoes were Dani’s that I claimed from her sale pile and the necklace was from her collection. It was nice to use gold/cream rather than blacks all the time.

      I’m glad you did, go the skirt hikers. I think we all did really well. You’d never guess if we didn’t say anything.

  • jo mathews

    wow some nice pics!

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      Dani did a beautiful job.