Thursday, August 8, 2013

The Special Dress That Got Me on the Band Wagon

Maxi Dress 01 Sunglasses
Maxi Dress 02 Salt Water Sandals
Maxi Dress 03 Walking
Maxi Dress 04
Dress & belt: Kohl’s
Sunglasses & necklace: Target
Sandals: Salt Water via Mod Cloth

I’m more than a little late for the maxi dress band wagon. Too much fabric swallows me whole, many maxis look like muumuus, and a dress without a definitive waist makes me look like a kid playing dress up in mommy’s clothes. With so many deterrents, it would take a special maxi dress to lure me in: floor-length, belted, and fun fabric. What do you know? That special dress walked out of Kohl’s with me for just $24.99.

I wore it once in San Diego, and then I started to wonder if I’d ever wear it again. S (Oooooh! Look! I used Mr. TBS’ first initial.) and I are pretty casual, and we rarely get dressed up. But here is the truth about dresses: They’re the easiest outfits to pick and wear. I would wear dresses every day of the year, if I had the bank account to support that kind of habit. If I happen to look nicer than “casual,” so be it.

And that’s what I did on Monday. I wore my maxi dress… to go to the bank, FedEx, and the grocery store. I felt equally comfortable and fabulous. I accept that I looked very “San Diego” in this very non-beachy small town. (If I’m being really honest, I’ll tell you that it’s not the dress that makes me stand out. I am an Asian/Pacific Islander in Knoxville. Last week, a stranger at the grocery store asked me, “What are you?” A human being. But that’s a conversation for another time!) I love this dress.

What you don’t see in these photos is the surprise visitor that showed up afterward. More on that next time!

18 comments:

Fash Boulevard said...

Love Kohls. This dress and belt are amazing. You look so fabulous! If you get a sec, I'm sharing my Vanity Fair feature on my blog today. :) xo

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Lins - Domesticated Working Woman said...

THIS dress does not swallow you! It flatters you so well! You look gorgeous. I really like how it is broken into 2 different patterns - I tend to feel overwhelmed when it's all 1 pattern since I'm so short.

Sam said...

You look great in the dress! Love the pattern & not to mention the price :) What are you? Seriously! What a idiot.

Kate said...

You look amazing! I'm totally with you on dresses- they're so comfy AND coordinating an outfit is way less complicated. I laughed out loud at your "What are you?" story... some people are too much!

Meg Cady said...

SHUT UP!
A. I love this dress.
B. I love your fashion blogger side!

Jenn said...

Hello sexy lady. Now I totally want to go hit up the stores for some maxi dresses!!

Gesci said...

Fantastic dress! I like that's it's a faux-two piece; I think that lends itself to not being squatifying.
And I am all over the dresses every day thing. SO much easier, especially in the summer. I wear a 100% cotton, worn out, years-old sundress and I'm told I'm "so dressed up", though. Uhh... sure.

And while I'm not defending the inappropriateness of the stranger's query, I will say this- they probably wondered because you're so gorgeous. Plus in this corner of the world there's a lot of Cherokee floating around (my sister's 1/4, and she was born in just over the border in N. GA) so perhaps they assumed that? I agree, though, there are better ways to say things- OR NOT AT ALL!

Gesci said...

ummm... remove the extra "in" and one of my sisters is adopted, if that helps with the sense-making. Duh, Gesci. Not everyone's in your head. ;)

Amy @ A Glimpse of the Gouglers said...

Oh so pretty! Both you and the dress of course! I clearly need to check out Kohl's soon.

Treasure Tromp said...

I was once on the anti-maxi train but I LOVE them now. Just so long that I find ones that don't make me look 4 feet tall!

Jessica @ Lovely Little Things said...

Such a gorgeous dress! Yay for us short people being able to wear maxis, too ;)

You're beautiful, sis!

Lisa @ MMT said...

Could you be anymore gorgeous!? I think not!
And, gosh, that is the worst dang question ever! When we moved from Cali to tiny hick town in Wisconsin, I got that too many times. If only I had a dime for every time I got asked that question. Why to ruin a young girls self esteem lol.

Ari @ The Pace of it All said...

You look adorable, love that dress and you in it! I wish I could wear dresses all the time because you're right, they're the easiest outfit to wear! Too bad my work is picky about how long they have to be... and also freezing cold lol

Nilda said...

I totally agree... It's a pain trying to find a maxi dress that won't swallow you up! This one is super cute. And it fits you perfectly!

And gosh darn, people are just something aren't they? My new last name is not Hispanic so today got my first "wow I expected you to be white" look.

Darby Hawley said...

I love this look on you!!! You're so beautiful!

PS it is so lusciously green behind you too!!!

Whitney said...

Love that dress on you! You look gorgeous, as always. I'm all about maxi dresses but I actually bought one today that... le gasp... is ABOVE the knee! Totally unlike me, haha.

Kohl's is the best, isn't it?

Ashley @TheCreamToMyCoffee said...

Such a pretty dress! I am a big fan of maxi dresses - they are stylish and comfortable - the best combination!

Michelle said...

That dress looks incredible on you! I have yet to find a maxi that doesn't accentuate all the wrong areas on me.