Monday, February 6, 2012

The Case of the Maxi Dress & the Plus-Sized Woman

Believe it or not, the weather is threatening to spring into warmth already! And the catalogs and stores seem to have forgotten winter, too. So my thoughts have begun to stray a little into spring and what I will be wearing. Have yours?

Last week, in one of my posts, I asked for questions or suggestions of topics people would like to see addressed on this blog. So one of my new friends, Helen, asked me what I thought about maxi dresses for plus-sized women because she is about to give her wardrobe an overhaul. 

I love maxi dresses! But I am self-conscious about my arms so when I wear them, I keep my arms covered.

What I do is find shrugs and short cardigans to wear with my maxi dresses. The other thing that does is create a column in the middle that I think is slenderizing. I also avoid the heavily banded ones because they make me look pregnant, though a cardi would help offset them, too. The buddha belly must remain hidden at all times, to avoid that ever-so-awkward and embarrassing question: “when are you due?”

Ack! So yeah. LOTS of cardigans. :)

What do you wear to hide your figure flaws?

Maxi Dresses for Plus-Sized Women

I am linking up today with Nina from Momma Go Round for Real Momma, Real Style  and on Wednesday, I will link up with Lindsey at The Pleated Poppy for What I Wore Wednesday.

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  1. I bought a maxi dress to wear to the beach in October, but I never hemmed it so it's still hanging in the closet. I like your idea of a cardigan to slim it down.

    1. Hey Grammy Goodwill! You know, mine are always a little long, too. I often wear them with clunkers or heels if they're dressy.

      Thanks! Yes, the cardigans help tremendously.

  2. Thanks so very much! I was heading in this direction (cardigans and central columns), but I'm still not very confident about choosing what looks best.

    1. Hi Helen! I think knowing your season is at least half the battle, but I would say that next, you want to consider your body type and style.

      Shrugs, short cardigans or boyfriend cardigans? Maxis with crew necks, v-necks, straps or 3/4 sleeves?

      So I see your point, but if you are going to be trying them on in person, I bet you'll do just fine. Just never settle for anything you don't love, that doesn't also love you back!

  3. I love this look! Great tips and advice! I love how you made it work when you may have walked on by in the store in the past. I'd love if you came and linked this up at my Drab to Fab party on Friday. We celebrate turning normal clothes into fabulous outfits by using a little creativity or smarts to dress them up. (We also celebrate jazzed up recipes and DIY's). Anyway, I'd love to see you this Friday. Here's a link for all the info you need on the party!

    Hope to see you :)


    1. Hi Amy! Thanks so much!! And thanks for the invite! My head is spinning with all I've got going on, but I am going to try to remember to drop by on Friday, because I love a good linkup.

  4. Ooohhh! Fabulous ideas! I haven't tried the maxi look yet but maybe I should experiment a little and step out of my box! Lol!

    1. Well, if you do, take pics! I can imagine you lighting up the room in a bright maxi dress.


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