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Bewitched and bewildered by the maxi dress

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March

Maxi Ever see a trend that you love but can't quite figure out how to pull off?

That's how I feel about the maxi dress. The long, flowy look made a big splash last summer and, like gladiator sandals, managed to stay on the "in" list for summer 2009. It seems like every store carries them (Macy's alone offers 27 online) and every A-list celeb has at least one in her closet. (Check out Ashlee Simpson-Wentz and Katie Holmes wearing the same dress.)

What's not to love? The maxi dress brings out a gal's inner hippie, right down to the fact that you can skip shaving your legs that day and no one will know. They come in vibrant colors and pretty patterns. They don't stick to your thighs like shorts on an intolerably hot Florida summer's day, or to your belly when you're feeling bloated.

But here's the rub: The look isn't always all that flattering. Even girls with sculpted arms and stick-straight figures can end up looking like tents in certain maxi dresses. And those of us who don't come anywhere near that body type have to worry about people whispering, Is she pregnant? Sure, shapewear would help, but that sort of defeats the allure of maxi dress as comfort clothing.

Argh. Is it just me? Has anyone else shied away from this trend, or have you found a way to rock it? Please, do tell.

~ Deal Diva Colleen

(Photo: BCBGeneration maxi dress from Macy's. Gorgeous right? But unless you are as skinny as this chick, will folks wonder if you have a bun in the oven?)

[Last modified: Thursday, May 20, 2010 5:14pm]

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