The Maxi and Me

My love affair with the Maxi-dress started when I worked for Monsoon in the UK.

I can remember the day maxi-dresses first arrived in store. I instantly fell in love with the length.

Heavy tee-shirt material that worked perfectly for the style without making you look and feel like you were going to either black-tie event or  a wedding.

From that moment on, I was hooked.

Every colour imaginable found its way into my wardrobe.

The maxi-dress became my everyday go-to wardrobe staple.

What I loved most about the maxi-dresses I brought back in the UK though, was the length.

I am 172cm (5ft 8″) tall and I prefer my dresses to be floor-draggers rather than ankle-grazers.

The one thing that puts me off parting with my cash, is seeing my feet on full show at the bottom of the dress.

The Maxi and Me

Fast forward to October 2011 when we moved lock stock and barrel to this place we now call home.

My search for maxi-dresses continued – but every time I found one I liked, it failed in the length department. The dresses all sat at an awkward length that made me feel like my ankles have fallen out big time with my shoes.

I did have one success in a little boutique  in Lennox Head. It passed the Bev test by just reaching the floor, if I had a flat shoe on.

But since then – every single one I have tried, has disappointingly been just another ankle grazer!

Until this baby arrived in store…

Deep V Neck Maxi Dress $229.00 Country Road I’m wearing a 12. AND it has pockets!

There is also a big hem on the bottom (thank-you CR) so mine has gone off to the seamstress so I can wear with a wedge.

Now bear with me you gorgeous lot, because I can hear your frustrations if you are shorter than me and have a life long direct debit to your local seamstresses bank account.

I feel your pain. Alterations can be extremely costly.

There is a solution…

Why oh why can we not have a choice of length here in Australia?

I want to walk in to a store and find a Petite section (thumbs up to Target for launching the Dannii Minogue range).

I also want to see Standard fittings with a choice of length on pants.

And a greater size range.

Sizing should cater for us all.

There are not many things I miss about living in the UK (of course I dearly miss my family and friends) but not being able to choose my length in pants /dresses really is the one thing I mourn.

High Street stores like Marks and Spencers, TopShop, Dorothy Perkins and Next have all offered this choice for years and years. It becomes the norm to expect it from everywhere you shop.

We are all individual.

I honestly believe that every chain-store should offer at the very least:

  • Petite
  • Standard
  • Tall
  • Plus size

Because I for one would become a very loyal customer…Yes, I still order online from my favourite stores in the UK!

On a lighter note…

Remember at the beginning of this post I mentioned falling in love with my first ever Maxi dress ? Mr.IM and Ms. May made me (yes, made me) throw it away earlier this year.

It broke my heart…tad dramatic? Yes, of course – but I did love it 😉


So girls, tell me your thoughts.

Would you benefit from a petite range, longer leg/dress length choices? Do you know of any stores that offer this choice?


I’m heading over to Kimbalikes place as well today for my weekly hangout with the glam squad girls




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