You know it's the start of S/S properly when...

.....all the sales are on and the shops start being flooded with A/W stock.  Ha!  No seriously though, there are sales on - as I've mentioned a number of times over the last year, we do seem to have the most random amount of sales now.  Probably because shops have so many seasons  - so many (even M&S so not even the full on fashion high street chains) seem to have a stock change every three weeks or so.  And clearly need to get rid of old stock, so hey presto "SALE". 


But I digress - it's nothing to do with sales or A/W stock (which does seem to come into store earlier every year,  I will just say) but no - tis when I utter the words Maxi Dress.  (or shorts, or swimwear or sarong.....) 

No, the annual unveiling of the Maxi Dress means that Spring has finally Sprung.  Not full on Summer - I'm talking about those days when it's warm enough to have air circulating around the legs but god forbid we should get a glimpse of full on flesh. 

Personally I have always had a love/hate relationship with them.  Actually, if I'm honest it's more of a hate/hate relationship.  Having had very small children around my ankles for so many years, these are not the most practical of dresses with ankle biters (treading on a hem and exposing a boob to the public wasn't ever a good look).  Also being tall, trying to find one long enough was a challenge to say the least.  But I do have a couple - mine are from Reiss, Baukjen, All Saints and New Look - that I trot out every year as soon as the temperatures start nudging something non goosebump inducing. 

I know it sounds ridiculously early to be mentioning them but I think these are perfect for layering and ideal as a transitional piece of clothing.  Much easier than a maxi skirt to be fair (I really couldn't get maxi skirts to work) - tops with them are a nightmare.  Plus mine is elasticated - I'm too old and my middle too wobbly for elasticated skirts and fitted tops. 

But a maxi dress - ideal for smooth lines and with a smalll jumper over (to be explored shortly - these are on the agenda, fear not) or a blazer (ditto) these are perfect for wearing now as part of an outfit and then in the Summer when it's warmer as a dress in its own right. 

Alas mine don't really fit this bill and are foolishly full on Summer but there are definitely many more around this year I've seen that would work.  Shoe wise - I've nearly always found flats to work better for me with a maxi dress but that may be because I've had serious length issues.  I do love a maxi on a shorter person with stack wedges (think Olsen twins or Nicole Ritchie, yes they do look cool).  And I know I sound like the most ludicrous stuck record but definitely skater shoes or trainers would look fab for a more dressed down vibe.  I used to wear cons with one of my navy ones, now I think about it. 

I can pretty much state that I don't think I need a new maxi dress this year.  I have my old ones that I need to wear - all are perfectly suitable.  One thing I will say is that a maxi dress is a maxi dress is a maxi dress, they do seem to have stood the test of fashion time - and after my leg epiphany last year, I am determined to flash the pins in my 40s seeing as I have been too much of a pathetic wuss to get them out at all in the last 25 years.  My old maxis will work just fine.

Without further ado though, if you are in need or haven't thought about these before as an interim clothing option, let's start with some great jersey ones that would work for a myriad of occasions - they aren't the cheapest but like I said, they do stand the test of time and so are a good investment.  Plus these ones are very versatile, it's worth considering the cost per wear ratio thingy. 

I should also add that all the dresses I've hunted down to feature today are those that can be worn now with either a biker jacket, fitted blazer or boxy thin knit cardigan over the top (even layered with a fitted shirt or shirt bib collar) giving them more flexibility than a lot of maxi dresses out there.  However do not fear if you are after a purely Summer number - there is plenty of time to explore them in more detail.  


















Cara Print Maxi dress from Mint Velvet £119  A great print to wear with a black jacket to get the max use from your maxi. 



Sunset Dress from Hush £55 in black This with suede ankle boots and a biker jacket.  Yum. 




A Classic Maxi Vest Dress - the ideal basic foil to any sort of jacket or fitted cardigan 




and also black  (seen here with Skaters...) 







A very useful plain navy number from John Lewis 








A slightly different version from M&S 




Another navy stripe version from Anthropologie.  This one very much reminds me of my Baukjen one which I've had for four or five years now - it's done weddings, Ascot and the school run.  A very versatile print and style. 



And it seems that navy/white stripes are the order of the season (hurrah, I shall be getting my money's worth out of mine again then). 




Slightly more unusual but I love the shade of this, the shape of this and I think it proves that you can wear heels with a maxi - let's all rock the mid heel!  Would love this with a cream biker, little boucle jacket or tux style blazer over it. 





Staying with cap sleeves and I can guarantee that if I didn't say where this is from, you would never guess.  They have actually, for once, done a fantastic job of their photo (am I giving the game away?)






A flowing print jersey one in a flattering style again from M&S

Tobago Maxi Dress £45 Love the addition of yellow in this print. 


A beautifully unusual and yet timeless print and shape from Hoss Intropia. 

Leaf Print dress £134  This epitomises the dress that can be worn to work with a blazer, to a wedding and on the school run with a denim jacket and a pair of havs.  Pub in the evening with a pair of skater shoes and a biker jacket.  This would be The One for me.   Pure class. (and obviously it goes in the washing machine.....) 


So do you have a wardrobe full of maxi dresses or at least one or two that you haven't thought about cracking out before the sun cream?  The right sort of maxi does layer perfectly and they are a great idea if you struggle with this tricky time of year clothes wise, like so many people do. 

Outfit today - heels were needed.  I have one issue with my skater shoes.  I love them so much I've been wearing them every day and neglecting all my heels and holy hell, my feet ache.   A day of heels and hey presto - foot comfort restored.  My feet are just not used to being in flats day in day out, so a tiny change was needed.  Whoever thought anyone would ever say my feet feel better for being in heels.  Other than that, they are pretty much perfect in every way. 


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Striped linen tee - Zara
Navy waffle jersey blazer - Next
Boyfriend jeans - Hush
Tan leather belt - Primark
Mole suede boots - Zara
Whisky Medium Marcie Satchel - Chloe
Dynamite necklace - Marc by Marc Jacobs

Is there to be more sunshine tomorrow I hear?  I think I shall be exploring another one of my must have items for Spring.  I'll say it has surprised me and goes to show you should be very careful about what you get rid of from your wardrobe. 

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  1. I bought the Me + Em maxi dress a while ago but I haven't worn it yet - I need a bit more sun first!

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    1. They look so so gorgeous and I bet they're the most amazing quality. I LOVE my dress I bought from them in the A/W.

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  2. I've never got on with the maxi dress - I want to - but I always think you need to be taller. I adore the Me + em dresses though and the M&S one! Xx

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    1. No, not true at all height wise. But if you don't feel comfortable in them, there are certainly loads of other things to wear and with your legs and weather, I wouldn't be seen dead in one! For the rest of us with chillier climes and more rubbish pins they are very useful! xxx

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  3. Kat I have several of your posts bookmarked. I never have to search for anything. You've done all my homework.
    Iva

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    1. Oh thank you love - it's something I enjoy doing so much and I know it's something that some people loathe doing so much, it's win win! xx

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  4. Very inspiring I have a black vest maxi similar to the hush one that I'm going to get out early from summer storage as I may have ordered the black and stone waterfall biker jackets from New Look that you posted about last week. Plan to only keep one but who am I kidding! Tell us all about your wardrobe cull. I stupidly culled my 2 full on summer maxis last year as they reminded me of being pregnant so now only have the body con type.

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    1. My wardrobe cull was pathetic. I keep getting things out of the charity/ebay/to sell bags. Woeful I tell you. I am planning on getting my legs out this year - I shall not be doing maxis...... (apart from the ones I have!)

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  5. Love the John Lewis navy and the M&S grey slub - the cap sleeves, the waists and the slightly A-line (I think?) skirt. Love the slim line ones too but not for my pear shape! Maxis are so versatile and comfy - I was wondering if they'd fallen off the radar this year so I'm pleased to see they are still around. Yes sunshine today yippee!

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    1. Nope still loads of them around. I thnk this year anything goes - honestly anything. Culottes for god's sake. And I saw Bermuda shorts. Go figure.x

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  6. Yep I trot mine out every year too. I don't plan any more purchases this year but never say never hey? Just visualising boob exposure Kat - oh dear, not your finest moment. x

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    1. Of them there were many with a 3yr old, 1 (now diagnosed Special Needs - oh it all becomes clear!) year old and a newborn. I was rocking in a corner with my maxi dress round my waist. x

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  7. I bought the black Hush one a few weeks ago. Haven't worn it yet, but the material is amazing quality (v heavyweight), and best part is that it doesn't have a massive split up one side like so many of them do!

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    1. The quality of their stuff is truly fab. I have THE most amazing basic tee I need to get in other colours as well - just perfect for this time of year. xx

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  8. Kat you inspired me to buy the Whistles silver skirt which I've been eyeing up for ages. Just tried on and my 14 & 17 yr old sons laughed their heads off telling me I look 70. I put it with a crop top and pumps so now I'm in a dilemma-keep or take back?!!!

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    1. That sounds Amazing! I tried it on yesterday but it sits too high on my waist so I'm going to have to try it in a bigger size. I love love love it, I really do but will do another blog on it to make sure. xx

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  9. I've been wearing maxis on warmer days this year as they are handy during pregnancy. Not a fan the rest of the time though! Luckily mine were cheap Gap ones :)

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    1. Great idea! I have to say now that I do get my legs out, I would prefer to wear a shorter dress, only took till being 40...!

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  10. Thank you for this post. I was trying to find a decent maxi T shirt dress and I have now ordered the Hush offering, in black and grey, to see what they are like. Ta H xx

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  11. I do love a maxi and have one on order from Boden actually...but I might have a grey gap in my wardrobe now I've seen the M&S one...v impressive looking! Ax

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