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Spring 2011 Trend to Wear Now: The Maxi Dress

I’m sure I’m not the only one who dreams about glamming it up on New Year’s Eve. Even though the hubs and I are hosting an intimate party at home, that doesn’t mean I can’t be the picture of an oh so glamorous hostess! And that’s where one of my favorite spring 2011 trends comes into play. What is this trend you ask? Well, a BIG trend for this spring is the long hemline. Get ready for lots of seventies influences! You won’t see this girl complaining. I’ve made no secret of my never ending love for the maxi look, be it in dress or skirt form. For some, the thought of donning a floor length piee might be frightening, but if you’re willing to take a bit of a risk, the effect can be breathtaking. Just a reminder…I am by no means an amazon. My sister got all the height genes in my family. Yet, I’m still able to pull off a maxi dress! Well, I think I can anyway. HAHA!

As you’ve seen over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been mulling over my NYE ensemble. I’ve focused on shorter dresses, but perhaps I should consider going long for the occasion! I can so see myself swishing comfortably around the house in a maxi dress, bare feet and an armful of bangles. I never pass up a chance to insert a little boho vibe into my look. Here are a couple maxis I’m loving right now. What do you think lovelies? Should I go for a shorter or longer effect?

rachel pally long two tone halter dress

Rachel Pally Long Two Tone Halter Dress at Shopbop


Riller & Fount Bella One Sleeve Long Dress at Shopbop

cara accessories bangle set

Cara Accessories Bangle Set at Nordstrom

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  1. sarah says

    Thank goodness! i’m so glad these are still in style. my go to everyday dress. they are just so comfortable and transition perfectly from day to night.

  2. Stephanie says

    Love them – the top one wins for me! I am sure you will look gorgeous whichever way you decide. I wish I could pull this look off here, but in NY in all this snow, it won’t work until warmer weather … sigh … I need some sand and flip flops please!

  3. Katy Mary says

    I love the options you picked out! I have 3 maxi dresses and love them all and the best part is how easy it is to style them and the length covers your feet so now shoes required 🙂

  4. Cabootique says

    I really like them both, but the first one is my favorite. I love the idea of a maxi dress for NYE. They’re usually a foot too long for me, but I’ve always wanted one. Maybe I could hem it…

  5. grace says

    love the rachel pally number, it’s gorgeous!

    my sister just brought me a pile of gold bangles from her trip to india – that are nearly identical to those, so you’ve inspired me! now i just need a fabulous maxi dress to wear with them (if it ever warms up in nyc!)


  6. Cassie says

    Yeah for the maxi dress – this means I should get some more wear out of my long black number I invested in last year! I really do rely on you girls to tell me what I can get away with wearing!!
    I am sure whatever you choose for New Years Eve you will look stunning.

  7. kelli says

    I am a total shrimpo, so maxi-length seems impossible to me! But, I have definitely been “evolving” my style and experimenting over the nxt year, so I guess I really can’t write anything off. 😛

    Love the first dress.

  8. Grace says

    I actually think a maxi dress would be great for New Year’s Eve, and when you’ve worn them previously they looked amazing! I say you should go for the Rachel Pally. 😀

  9. Julia says

    Love me a good maxi dress. I especially love the single sleeve look. So classy. My boyfriend, however, tells me that I look like a monk when I wear my maxi dress. Arrghh…what does he know??

  10. Daphne says

    I love the idea first of all. Both dresses are nice but the
    off the shoulder one is breathtaking. We also are hosting an
    intimate party of other friends with young kids like us. But I too
    plan to dress up. Actually dressing up at home is my fave cause you
    can wear the super high heels and when you are tired just take them
    off and slip into cozy slippers. A bit harder to do in someone
    else’s house. 🙂

  11. caitlin says

    I adore maxis!! Honestly, great way to go if you’re going
    to be at home and barefoot, why not! I like the second one a lot, a
    lot -very kardashian! ps thanks for the compliment on my new blog
    header, I was really excited when I did it 🙂

  12. Nikolett says

    Ahhh yeah!!! You bring me good news – I have two maxi dresses I purchased in the fall but have yet to wear, so I’m glad they’re still trendy and in style for 2011. I think you’ll look gorgeous in one, hope your New Year’s Eve is amazing!

  13. Rachel says

    I’ve always felt I couldn’t pull off the maxi dresses since I’m so short! But I have to admit, I’m in love with that Rachel Pally one. So gorgeous!

  14. Jules says

    I’m a huge fan of the maxi dress and rocked it on the regular over the summer. I think the Riller & Fount dress is absolutely gorgeous. The bangles would be fabulous with it.

    I hope you have a fantastic NYE!

  15. Allison says

    I love wearning maxi dresses, and I’m 5’2″. Of course, I have to try it on in the store ( no online buying) to make sure I can pull off the length because some are made way too long for me. I cold totally see you wearing that black one. Men LOVE long maxi dresses–so elegant and sophisticated. My man always gave many extra compliments when I pulled out the long dress.

  16. Shea says

    Can you believe I still don’t have a maxi dress! I almost bought one today at F21, but it wouldn’t have worked for cold temps. I need to find one though!!

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