My Wardrobe Today – Thursday

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obi belt
silver earrings

Maxi DressSuzi Chin for Maggy Boutique
BeltAnother Line
ShoesMiss Sixty “Jaiden”
Earrings – Nordstrom (no longer available)
Silver and green ring – Maryland Renaissance Festival
Silver cuff

Come summer, I practically live in dresses. While my legs are strong, they aren't my favorite part of my body and I don't think they look as good in shorts as they do a dress. A short dress is fine for work and running errands, but I love maxi dresses for evening barbecues, running after Emerson, and taking advantage of breezes. I don't own any this summer so I have purchased two recently (another from Gap which I will be wearing this weekend), this is one shown is the other. This one almost got returned.

When it arrived, I thought the fabric looked cheap. I tried it on, and it looked as though the company sewed the top of hospital scrubs to a long skirt. I tried a wide jute and brown leather belt and a long wood and bead necklace with it. It looked as though I was dressing up hospital scrubs. I was so disappointed. Then I had dinner, watched some mindless television, and came back to the dress. In theory it's perfect – incredibly lightweight, slits on the side for easy walking, able to wear with a standard bra, even has pockets! So I played with accessories, came up with this combination, and now I adore this dress. Last night my husband had a photo shoot. He left as I was examining my reflection with the brown accessories and agreed that it looked as though I was wearing “a formal hospital scrubs gown.” When he came home, I had it paired with this belt and shoes and he said, “You look hot, and like you would be on a sci fi show like Doctor Who.” That was enough for me, it was staying in my closet!

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  1. You look so thin and the maxi dress is flattering on you, but this one reminds me of some type of relgious robe.

  2. I think you look wonderful 99.9% of the time, and I love your blog – but I have a feeling you will look back on the photos of this dress and think, “what was I thinking?” The combo of the fabric and the maxi silhouette just doesn’t work.

  3. This is the first thing that crossed my mind when I saw your pics.  The dress looks amazing on you, but you need something to break up the neckline.

  4. I think the high, thick, obi-style belt is perfect for this dress!
    It’s fun to see you try something you originally thought was inappropriate for the office!

  5. I think it’s a little too casual for most offices, especially in a conservative city. But, for me, it would be perfect for the SAHM life.

  6. It’s cute, especially as you’ve styled it, but I’m still of the “no maxis at work” school. Of course, I’m the girl at work in a skirt, cardigan, and Wonder Woman tshirt, so don’t trust me. πŸ™‚

  7. The color and fit are pretty good. I think the only thing that give is the “scrub” look is the cut of the neck line, perhaps a pendent or long necklace would dress it up a little bit. 

  8. You look very thin in this dress, and the color is stunning – I think your husband was right on! πŸ™‚

  9. i think the key to wearing maxis at work (which i have actually done several times!) it so wear dressier shoes and accessories. i also ALWAYS wear a belt when i wear one to work because it somehow seems more structured. i will also wear a cami underneath for modesty and a cardi overtop for warmth (and a little extra modesty in the office). i think you nailed it here with the belt, shoes, earrings, and bangles!

  10. This look really highlights your small waist. Although I came to this blog originally for fashion advice, reading about your efforts with weight loss and reviewing your older photos is quite inspiring. Well done.

    Maybe a smaller size dress would lessen the scrubs effect. It looks like there is a lot of extra material, especially on top.

  11. Unfortunately, my first thought was hospital scrubs even though I do think the belt is cute.  I still can’t get past my first impression.  Sorry  :o(

  12. Love the dress, love the way you’ve accessorized it – but I still wouldn’t be comfortable wearing it to an office-type work setting.  I just can’t imagine the fabric swirling around down there while I played professional πŸ˜€

  13. So cute! I also wonder about maxis for work but this material, at least in the photos, looks really nice! A KEEPER! πŸ™‚

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