So I said I wasn't going to be doing maxis. To all intents and purposes they are a good idea. They cover a multitude of sins (knees, cankles, bad fake tan...hell I've even been known to still have full topiary decorating my legs and go out in one).
But I have fallen in love with the midi dress. I just find them easier to wear. I love the fact you can wear heels in them, I'm able to dress them up or down, the length is never *that* much of an issue... and you can still get a hint of Summer around your ankles. And you only have to shave and fake tan up to your knees (we've been here before and I know I'm not the only person who does this...).
However then I tried on the Rixo Issy Dress - which I've only found available online now from the boutique Collen & Clare in Suffolk (can't wait to go and see them next week...a complete treasure trove of goodies)
Rixo Issy Off Shoulder Dress £295
And here I am in the other colour way.. which I tried on in Wolf & Badger but alas, now all sold out.
So I love the above birdy dress but I'm just not sure when I'd wear it. I have occasions coming up and this would be the perfect party dress, it really would - for day or night - but I already have dresses that need their outings. It's possibly not an every day dress. And it would be difficult to get a jacket over it which would limit it's usage for me. However it does come highly highly recommended (especially if you have an event coming up as it's for that money, it's well worth it).
Now others that I've found - since I was on a maxi roll.
This looks like meh from Wallis. Until you see a pic I found on Instagram. Yes it is the same dress just minus the belt. Be still my beating heart.... LOVE LOVE LOVE.
Pleated Ombre Stripe Maxi Dress dress from Wallis was £65 now £58.50
More stripes from The Outnet at Iris & Ink and as much as I adore the one above - realistically, knowing my lifestyle - how much wear am I going to get from it? Occasions when I waft down a beach at sunset? Zero.
These two are much more expensive but so so so much more versatile on a daily basis.
Adie Striped Silk Crepe de Chine Maxi Dress £165
And a navy stripe version from L'Agence was £330 now £165
More summery and taking advantage of the 20% off at Whistles.
Whistles Bluebell Silk Buena Maxi Dress was £225 now £180
They also do it in a black...which, with the 20% off is now £144 as opposed to £180
And then finally, thinking that I'd managed to talk myself out of these, I just thought I'd have a quick look at what was new in at ASOS. Well, that was a mistake...
If you're going to go floral - go big or go home...
ASOS Ruffle Cami Maxi Dress in Yellow and Black Floral £75
Nxext up, no, I haven't lost my mind and yes, I do know that the split in this is obscene and were I in labour, you would be able to see how many cm dilated I was at a glance. But I reckon if you didn't stand Angelina Jolie stylee with your leg stuck out or even better, get handy with a needle and thread this could definitely work as a fabulous Summer maxi (no jacket required clearly as you'd struggle with this).
ASOS Floral Ruffle Top Maxi Dress £45
And saving my favourite till last. Again - not losing my mind... I honestly honestly don't think this one actually looks like a bridesmaid's dress. With a biker or denim jacket and sneakers, out of all of the above, this is the one I would definitely go for. The more I look at it, the more I love it. And no, I wouldn't be accessorising with the small posy of flowers... Although probably best not to wear to a weddding as a guest, just in case...
ASOS WEDDING Frill Shoulder Detail Maxi Dress in Print £70
I need to walk away from the dresses now... although I managed to wear one today, with no coat. WHOOP. New midi dress from New York. Haven't had as many compliments on a dress in a long time. Can I please point my hair is not as ginge in real life as it looks in these pics... (well I don't think it is anyway..!)
Turquoise shirt dress - Maeve
Taupe Jalouse boots - Ash
Whiskey Medium Marcie Satchel - Chloe
So I am off out tonight in London. Off to a super trendy restaurant in Shoreditch, so now faced with the dilemma of what to wear... A dress too much? Ugh. Comfort zone where are you? Mayfair easy, Shoreditch, total dilemma! I think I'm going for jeans and gold shoes (not wearing my Balenciagas as we're tubing it some of the way and I have hideous memories of getting stuck on the escalator with stilettos....Would be just my luck. Dear lord, can you imagine? Topshop chunky gold heels all the way. Decision made).