Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Maxed Out of My Comfort Zone

Maxi, Necklace: Piperlime (Hive & Honey) / Button-Up: J Crew final sale / Belt: Ruche / Earrings: Gabes (Monet) / Bangles: France / Sandals: Piperlime (BC) / Bag: Bunco Prize (BCBG)!

I have to admit, when I saw that the maxi had won for this month's Everybody, Everywear challenge, my heart sank. I've never felt flattered by casual long skirts or dresses. The maxi's a trend I'd yet to even think of trying, and I didn't fancy purchasing an item that would fall straight into Category 3 of items for my closet purge just for a participating post.

In complaining about this to the Husband, he suggested I just get one and give it a try. Ha! I guffawed at him. Little did he know he may be encouraging me to purchase a look he's notorious for disliking- the empire waist. He says they should be reserved for those with child. Cue the eye roll.

I decided to give it a whirl. Since my sewing skills are nil and we live in the middle of nowhere in terms of shopping, I took a look online after Ross failed me. I went straight to Zappos and Piperlime, since they have free shipping and returns. I was convinced I'd be returning. As you can see from the photos, my stubbornness was humbled. This thing is comfort to the maxi {ha ha ha} and I managed to avoid the empire waist.

In fact, I even found several others that piqued my interest, including this lovely from Aqua that's out of my price range, this and this chiffon darling from Express that I'm hoping will go on sale, this nautical nicety from Accidentally in Love, and this cutie from Bebe.

Mince alors!* I like maxi dresses. Even more astonishingly, I think the Husband does too. He took an awful lot of photos from this angle....

P.S. This dress isn't actually green. It became so as I was jealously reading all the blogs out there showing lucky ladies frolicking with bare skin in sunshine and apparent warmth. I, meanwhile, have been pleading to no avail with Mother Nature to share the love in my neck of the woods. It was 40 degrees with a devilishly fierce wind when we took these photos. You'd think I'd have picked a jacket to go with my new maxi. But alas, I let the sunny skies fool me into thinking it wouldn’t be that bad. Brilliant, am I not?

Maxi | Everybody, Everywear

*Mince alors! = Holy cow! / Blimey!


Siouxzy said...

I love you in a maxi!

Linda said...

What a clever idea to make that maxi work in colder weather. The layering is genius!
Thanks for joining us at EBEW!

GoodFrameofMind said...

I love how you layered this, so cute and the backdrop is gorg!

hurricanekerrie said...

This is a different version of Maxi dress styling! Love it. I think it turned out beautifully!

The Cat Hag said...

Awesome pictures, you look wonderful. :)

The Cat Hag

Gabby / Gypsy*Diaries said...

Great EBEW look! Beautiful pics!


P.S: I´m having a 100$ beauty giveaway for Chanel, YSL... products. I thought you might be interested! ;)

Silesia Street Look said...

Very cool blog, interesting blog, great styling:) We like, greetings from Polish

Anonymous said...

I like that you layered it over this button down! Very creative. Looks cute!

Anonymous said...

I love the colors in this outfit - so soft & earthy. Great outfit!

myedit said...

haha... you got lots of booty pictures from your man!
The pictures are really pretty and I am glad you warmed up to the maxi.
Thanks for the ultra sweet comment on my blog the other day!!!

Tiff @ Making The World Cuter said...

I read your whole blog-and it is ADORABLE! You MUST come link up some of your posts on Making Us Cuter...


Love your adorable face!

Cassi said...

Thanks for your lovely comments, everyone! I was a bit nervous about the button up, so I'm glad you liked and and I went for it! And yes, Tiffany, I'll definitely link up this Thursday :)

~*Mandy*~ said...

Your maxi outfit looks amazing. I really like the way you layered a long sleeved blouse and accessorized the outfit with the woven belt, and flat strappy sandals. You're a true model, you coulda fooled me by the weather. To me it looks like it's mid 60's and sunny spring there. You never showed the look of being cold or uncomfortable at all. And I love your choice of location. I never would have thought of railroad tracks. But now I want to. I look forward to seeing your next EBEW outfit.

~Mandy @ The Bejeweled Babe

Kristina said...

I must say you look absolutely, positively stunning! I would rock this look in a heartbeat! Way ta go, darlin'! =)
Kristina J.

Kelly said...

Thanks for the comment! I love how you styled the maxi, very pretty!!


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