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Can We Wear Maxi Dresses / skirts?
Susan C
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Date: 3/16/14 12:14 PM

Obviously we can but should we? I've been thinking they're for "younger" people but now I'm wondering why. They're modest, hide a multitude of sins , and appear to be quite versatile.

I'm still not sure what I think about my short self wearing one but that's another topic entirely as is my perception that a long dress automatically means "dressy".

Does anyone have any opinions? Are you in your 50's and wearing maxi- dresses or skirts? If so, are they different than the dresses/ skirts the younger girls wear or is the styling different?


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Date: 3/16/14 12:34 PM

For me, a definite yes. My latest review is for Onion 2040 is
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I am 5' 3" and find maxi or just above ankle make me feel very elegant. (I am 55)

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Date: 3/16/14 12:41 PM

And you look beautiful! I love the fabric. May I ask where you wear your dress? Is this for dressing up to go somewhere or running around doing errands? What shoes are you wearing? I can't quite see in the photo.
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Date: 3/16/14 12:53 PM

I'm 5ft 4in tall, 63 years old and I wear my skirts and dresses with the hem about 3 inches above my ankle, it suits me better than anywhere else.

In fact I've worn them this length for over 20 years no matter what my size or fashion dictates. It's where I feel comfortable.

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Date: 3/16/14 12:57 PM

I'm 51 and have one cut out. It never even occurred to me that they were just for young people! I'm tall, but I don't think that's essential either.

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Date: 3/16/14 1:04 PM

I cannot see any reason "Why Not!" This can be a very versatile look with endless proportion options to flatter all figure types. As to wearability- it can go from day to night. I'm coming up on 63 and like J H am 5'4". Mostly I wear maxi length for day, it doesn't automatically say dressed up to me. For footwear? Chunky heels, boots, cowboy boots, flip flops, you name it. I throw on a jean jacket or cardi, add a scarf and done. Lately I'm seeing fuller and more flowy versions compared to the snug horizontal stripe ones from previous seasons. As the trend penetrates the market, we're getting more accessible versions. Give it a try!

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Date: 3/16/14 1:13 PM

Does the fabric make a difference? Have you all seen the Sewaholic Gabriola skirt (I'd post a pix but don't know how)? I think it would look very cool in black and white stripes with a tank and jean jacket.

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Date: 3/16/14 1:38 PM

I'm nearing 65 and not inclined to long skirts, but many of my friends (age range 49-something to early 80s) wear them happily. They choose mostly cottons & linens. But, Ann Arbor is one of those hippie hold-outs. Pretty much anything goes, and does! We enjoy that better than the fashion police!

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Date: 3/16/14 1:53 PM

I'm loving the look of maxis right now.
So comfortable rather than the binding feeling of pants, plus it covers my legs and looks pretty & elegant.

At 5'7" and 58 years old I would have a wardrobe of maxi skirts, but...
they are dangerous on stairs. I'm running up and down a multi-level house all day, and/or in and out of cars.

I tripped on my long bathrobe a few weeks ago and nearly fell down the stairs. Please take care on stairs, Maxi-wearing ladies!

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Date: 3/16/14 1:55 PM

I am 5'4" with short legs (29" inseam) and will be turning 57 this week -- I wear longer length skirts all the time. My preferred length is between mid-calf and just above the ankle.

I like the longer length because I think it balances out my larger hips/thighs -- I think anything shorter makes that portion more noticeable.

I think fabric can make a huge difference -- I've made full length flowy skirts in cotton and knits which are very casual and then dressier ones in silk dupioni, metallic rayon blends, etc.

Also wear a variety of shoes -- sandals, ankle boots, heels and of course my dancing shoes.

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