I've been having a problem with maxi dresses as of late. At 6 months post-partum, I'm still just too poochy for most. While an empire-waisted top will (typically) swing out nicely to hide the pooch, an empire-waisted maxi is so weighed down by all the extra fabric, it actually emphasises the pooch.
Heart-breaking, actually, considering that last summer (while pregnant), I basically rotated through one of three maxi dresses. Everyday. Maxi dresses are now, to me, like flip-flops: you just can't call it summer without 'em.
And yes - some maxi dresses do have an elastic waistband, but most have the waistband hitting dead-smack in the middle of the trouble zone.
So I've made it a quest to find flattering, pooch-hiding maxi dresses. And I've found ten.
Casual, Comfy, Wear-Everywhere Maxis
Without a doubt, these are my favorite kinds of maxis. I'm all about soft,comfy fabrics in the summer.
And anyone still drooling over the Halston Heritage dress that haunts me should take a serious look at the soft cotton T-bags version below in cream. Gorgeous.
NOTE: The key with the waisted maxis is that there has to be enough fabric such that the waist can be worn low - a dropped waist dress, rather than at your actual waist. And we need enough fabric in the dropped waist to camouflage the pooch.
Ummm...get ready to drool. These maxis are heart-stoppingly fabulous. Have a wedding to attend? No problem. Reunion? Done. Just willing to blow some cash on something (anything!) that will make you feel gorgeous after nine long years months? Voila....
Silk dresses like these are actually mom-friendlier than they appear. While most of their care labels state dry clean only, I've successfully washed dresses like these in the machine (cold, delicate cycle, line dry).
Oh - and that gorgeous layered number at the top of this post? It's Patterson J. Kincaid. Sak's had it online pre-order ($188) and sold out. However....it's hitting the actual stores in a week. So if you want one, call the Saks number and they'll try to score on for you.
For me, it's down to the Kincaid vs. Tbags Halston inspired. Hmmmm....tough call.