I would say, in fact, it's probably easier. You can have your pick of maxi dresses as you can have them shortened. For us Jolly Green G's out there, you can't add fabric. Although I've always toyed with the idea of teaming up with a shortie - sorry, petite person (be as rude as you like back - it's nothing we Gullivers haven't heard growing up - "ooh is it snowing up there?" Oh how we laughed) - and having an extra tier to my dress from theirs......There may well be milage in that.
If you are more petite then I would probably avoid the more voluminous maxi - I don't think acres of fabric are particularly flattering to a tinier frame - and add some super sturdy wedges. Personally I would avoid a thin heel at all costs and only wear a wedge or chunkytastic sandal.
I love them, as basically they cover my legs. I can't stand my legs. Cased in opaque - hell yes, I'll wear a skirt that just about makes me decent, - glorified belt anyone? - but naked? Not in a million years. I am sure I'll look back when I'm 70 and think what on earth was I faffing on about, but to be honest, I remember back to when I was 17 and I was Inter-railing, armed with a Revlon Sun Screen that also had fake tan in it (the first of it's kind prior to a Clarins one they bought out. We are talking. ahem, some time ago). I took 4 tubes with me - my holy grail tanning product of the time (there weren't many around then) And I distinctly remember the pasty whiteness of my legs, the poremarks from whichever hair removal method I tried (I have tried them all - I still get hideous poremarks), the slight doughiness to them. They weren't great. I do look back and think I was thin as a bloody thin thing and I thought I was on the large side. Oh yes, I want to slap my 17 year old face into eating lots but no, I still maintain that I have always had mingtastic legs.
Therefore I welcomed with open arms (and very very grateful legs) the advent of the Maxi a number of years ago. The answer to a less sweaty crotch. What's not to love for those of us who would rather not bare our legs to the public (or to myself - I wince when I catch sight of mine unless they are fake tanned within an inch of their lives and that is just too much effort on a day to day basis)
I have gathered a couple over the years, they actually have turned out to be a great investment. Some jersey ones from Cos (which are a bugger to wash as they shrink every time and much stretching attention- like making fecking pastry - has to be given regularly whilst they dry), a wonderful tobacco one from Reiss last year, an old faithful navy and white chevron one from Isabella Oliver and a cheeky bargain camel and navy striped one from New Look last year.
This year though, as I've already raved about, I am over the moon with my scarf print dress from Dorothy Perkins. I fear it has already sold out in the Tall and is only left in a size 18 online. However I have seen it instore in other sizes (not Tall though) But this Butterfly dress from Dorothy Perkins would definitely get my vote if they did it long enough for me. I love the way it has extra coverage up top and is (broken record alert) great to dress up or dress down. If you're of normal height (and they do it in petite as well!) then definitely check it out. I've seen someone out and about in it and it looked just gorgeous.
So a round up of other maxis that have caught my eye. Apologies in advance, as by blogging about summer dresses, I have rung the death knell for summer and it will now pour with rain till August. I will crack on with A/W preview stuff shortly to try and redeem myself and give us one last shot at a summer.
Keeping at the more affordable end of the scale, I would definitely be trying this Stripe Maxi dress from Next if they did it in a longer length.
Great for those (admittedly random) really hot days when it is just impossible to know what to wear. This would work a treat - jersey, so no creasing issues, not clingy round the stomach, no sweaty boobs, a fab dress to have in your wardrobe and to take on hols. Knock yourselves out the rest of you, I'll look on with envy.
Slightly more expensive is this stripe maxi dress with belt from Mango at ASOS I love the colours, more unusual but still a classic stripe. Love the looseness of it yet still clinched in at the waist (but not with a big sweaty belt) so flattering as well. In my experience, Mango maxi dresses come up very very long ie at 5ft10 they fit me. But of course if you're shorter, you can easily take it up. (gits)
The next is a slightly random addition from me - maybe I've had too much sun - but I do really love it. I am having a scary love affair (from afar mostly bar one Zara jacket that I have come clean about) with scarf print and so this fits neatly into my box of things to lust after. Oasis lengthwise are completely hit and miss - some are long, some are short. Go figure. I may watch for in the sale or, if the weather continues to be amazing (fat chance), I may have to succumb. The Oasis Scarf Print Maxi Dress
Actually with hindsight, it would look like a sack of poo on my non existent boobage so I'll pass, but I love the colour and the print and the handkerchief hem. Just more unusual than the deluge of floral numbers that are out there.
Moving slightly up the pound and shillings scale, we have another striped number from Denim & Supply by Ralph Lauren at Coggles You'd have this for absolutely years. A complete classic, the empire line makes it much more flattering with less cleavage on show (although to be fair, not the best if you need a bra - best for us bee sting booby girls) and the fuller skirt means you can go to a BBQ and not hold back on the portions. I don't think that bad for £80 as I'm assuming the quality is excellent (I have no knowledge of this - am being totally swayed by the fact it's RL which normally is pretty good stuff)
A cheeky number next - absolutely gorgeous Seafolly Coral Gladiator Maxi Dress from My Wardrobe.
I have a wedding to go to in Italy in August and I'm thinking this could easily be a contender. I love the colour (even though it is so not me in the slightest), I'm ignoring the slightly TOWIE edge to the straps at the front, as to focus on how much I like it disturbs me somewhat. I just think it's gorgeous. Only gripe, yawn, yawn, is it long enough?
Lastly, if money were no object then the Abondance leopard silk dress from By Malene Birger would be mine. Utterly divine in every way. Practical in absolutely none. Happily it is so hideously far out of my budget that it's not an issue I have to contend with.
Finishing with a last minute round up of what I've been wearing the last two days. Photos have been taken and selected by RR1, who, at the age of 7, is quite fancying herself as the next Annie Leibovitz. She does keep muttering something about the poor quality of the tools she has to work with (I'm not sure if she means me or the new iphone) but a quick threat of an icecream withdrawal puts her in check. Just can't get the staff these days.
Yesterday for a fantastic day at the Flavours of 2012, food and drink festival at Henham Park in Suffolk - no maxi dress due to long grass - maxi dress related nightmare. We all had the most amazing day and I am still stuffed to the gills.
Cream linen and crocheted top - By Malene Birger
White skinny jeans - Next
Cream bone and shell necklace - By Malene Birger
Dull gold Hav rip offs - Primark
Vanilla Roxanne - Mulberry
And today for a day on the beach with the kids, followed by an afternoon boating on the Meare at Thorpeness. Much ice-cream was consumed all day.
Black vest - Primark
Black oversized jersey top with nude sleeves - Cos
Faded straight leg jeans rolled up - Earl (these are now 7 years old. Do Earl jeans still exist?!)
Silver Hav rip offs - Primark
Hessian sack bag - Sainsburys (meant for a reusable shopping bag - best beach bag I've ever had. And for £2.50)
Sunglasses - Tom Ford
RIght off for another small (ish) glass of Prosecco and hoping (valiantly) for more sunshine tomorrow. xxxx