There is this thing when you are in the upper end of the height scale, I’m about 5’10, and it’s called the not so maxi maxi dress. It’s not even a deliberate thing by businesses, I don’t think. It’s a simple maxi dress that I’m just a wee bit too tall for it. All my tall ladies, help me out here, how often does that happen? Lately I’ve been lucky enough to find lots that ARE long enough. But I still love the not so maxi maxi. It turns out that it’s a pretty good-looking length on me. It shows a bit of ankle and calf. Flaunt a bit of shoe and all that. What can I say, sometimes it pays to be moderately tall.

This dress was gifted to me last year, since then I’ve loved it, I loaned it to my cousin, took it the plus size clothing market {saw it one 3 different women} and brought it home again. It’s one of those flattering dresses. Easy to wear, gorgeous lines and the sleeves make it friendly for my plus size friends who don’t like to get their arms out. Keep an eye out for a dress like this for your wardrobe. It goes from the beach to dinner with a change of a few accessories. Take it from me. You’ll love the style.

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If you look really closer, you will see I totally blew a wedge taking these pics. On our way to grab dinner and a few groceries I had to change into flip flops, the only other shoes in the car, because the glue had given way. Darn it. I love these wedges. They were like my go to sort of dressy, sort of not shoe. I even wore them with short shorts once. I know, right, sort of weird, but it worked! So rest in pieces my wedged friends. Thanks for the years of hard service.

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We found a new photo location too. I think we’ll be using it again. The light there is gorgeous and the background, well, you know how much I love white blog backgrounds and design type stuff. Let’s just say, I’m in love. Basically unedited too, a little lightness and saturation, that’s it. Got to love that. Loving Hubby and the new camera sick, what can I say.

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Dress – Virtu {gifted – last season}
Rio Necklace – Virtu {gifted}
Belt – Swapped
Shoes – Target

{some brand association exist, see my disclosure policy}

  • Totally gorgeous. I’m a lover a midi maxi and some us tall girls have to settle on a midi length if we love the print and fit but wish the length was longer. But at the end of the day it ends up being a great compromise and something a little different. Loving the accessories. X

    • Thanks Trudie. Agree, you just have to make peace that sometimes, it’ll be a wee bit too short. Meh.

  • Linda Rallakis

    Looks great on you – good hair too 🙂

  • Loving your hair in this shoot, and the outfit looks great!

    I’ve struggled to find true maxi dresses too, and I’m way shorter than you. The best hem lengths for me are just above the knee, just below the knee, or all the way to the floor. I finally found a classic black maxi at David Lawrence that’s maybe even a bit too long and I LOVE it.

    • Thanks you! I straightened it for once. I have so much hair it’s a mission I’m not usually up for. Haha. Sometimes when I shop, I’m looking for a knee length and there is nothing but midi or mini skirts. Drives me up a wall. And that’s not even taking into account height. My lengths that suit me are similar to yours. Give or take the ankle peek one.

  • Sarah

    Love the bright accessories with it. I find the maxis in the plus sizes are usually much longer.

    • Thank you Sarah. Me too on most counts. I even picked up some maxi dresses from a standard sizing store that were long enough. I almost fainted. That NEVER happens. It must be the recent floor length trend thing.

  • Melissa Mitchell

    You look fantastic. I love the way you are able to work accessories. I’m just befuddled. I see lots that I love, but as for how to put them together, and know what will suit me…not a clue.

    I’m a little envious of your too-tall issue. I’m 5ft2. So I’m too short for just about everything. And I don’t know how to sew, not even a hem. I wish I could. Every time I try to buy a pair of 3/4 pants etc, they look like long pants that are too small for me. Same with skirts. I want a skirt that is going to sit just on or even a tiny bit above my knee. Instead they end up finishing at a really unflattering length.

    • Thank you Melissa. I just keep trying. Sometimes I’m wearing stuff and I take it off because I feel like a dill. But I persevere because it adds so much fro so little. Take a look on Pinterest for length guides and stuff like that. That may get you started.

      Haha. Ours is the same issue, but backwards and a little bit worse {you can’t trip over something that’s a little bit too short}. Try mini skirts, they may end up where you need them, you teeny tiny thing you. 😉

  • Amy Wells

    I just gotta say – you look awesome in those photos!

  • you so know how to rock an outfit – such style

  • Amy

    See, at least it sort of works. I can’t wear maxi’s at all, being short as a sparrow’s fart. There’s something less attractive about a dress that goes past my toes. For some reason the ‘Dressing up in my mother’s wardrobe’ look is not in this year…

    • I was on some American fashion blogs they’re coming out of the floor draping maxi dresses, so maybe, just maybe, you’re in! Haha. I think in my case it’d be better off to just forget it’s supposed to be a maxi and just call it a dress most the time.;)