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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Striped

This striped maxi has definitely been everywhere and all over among the fashion blogs, and for under $20, I can see why.
I do have an issue with maxis though, and that is: How long are they supposed to be?

Are they meant to dust the floor, or is ankle length considered more stylish at the moment? With heels, or with flats?

I wasn't about to start hemming it, so my solution for the day was the ever present knot. It does work wonders.

Striped
These photos needed a lot of processing. As usual I waited until sunset to go and take them, but right at sunset, a big storm rolled in and did not let up until after 8pm. Which meant that there was hardly any light left - and it was COLD! 
Then I pretty much fell asleep with the computer on my lap when I was in the middle of editing the photos. I don't know why I was so tired!
Tomorrow there will be really fabulous photos though. My brother was visiting over the weekend with his new fancy lens, and I got one set of outfit photos out of him.
Striped Striped Striped Striped
The Rundown
Dress H&M - Sandals Guess - Necklace Kie & Kate "Stormy Sea" - Rings Gift - Dog Chloe

53 comments:

eek said...

I love the way you knotted the dress. You look super!

I usually prefer wearing flats with maxis...seems to make them more casual, to me.

Kasmira said...

LOVE the knot solution!

And how appropriate that you wore the Stormy Sea necklace by the sea, after a storm. :)

mary louise said...

the knot looks very cool in that dress. i might have to go buy one!


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Style Journey said...

The knot is genious! I've seen it at the bottom of a maxi but never like you did. That is super cool.

Heather

Vanessa said...

The knot is a clever fix for the length. I think you tied it so that it hits at the right length!
Can't wait to see your brother's photos! Yay for great lenses! (Any word on your poor Canon? Hope it's getting fixed quickly!)

Gray Skies said...

I'm definitely going to have to try the knot at the waist on my maxi dresses! I'm not sure what length is "in" right now, but I've always preferred floor length.

Rebecca said...

I have troubles with maxi length, since I feel like the ones I try on are all slightly too short. That dress is really cute!

jess said...

I love the knot on the dress. I may try that on my maxi dress.

Shels415 said...

Love the maxi on you! And the knot is creative!

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The Small Fabric Of My Life said...

I think the light looks lovely and the knot really drapes well around your waist.

Mommyblogger said...

I too love those long maxi dresses but have trouble styling them. I think you look amazing :)

Kat said...

love this look!!!! gorgeous :)

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chocolatefashioncoffee said...

love your statement necklace! :)

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Cali369 said...

Wish I'd thought of that - I was frantically hemming my too long maxi dress the day before my holiday (only with wonderweb so not too tricky!)

Courtney Erin said...

I love that you knotted it instead of hemming it or always wearing it with heels - it's so much more versatile when it has multiple lengths!

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silvergirl said...

love how you knotted this dress
adds a nice bit of interest to it
brett

Amber Blue Bird said...

I want this dress! Its brilliant and I love that you knotted it. You're so clever :)

Sarah Dee said...

I thought the knot was part of the design! It looks awesome!

<3 Sarah

Style Eyes said...

The knot is such a great idea, it looks great and makes it easier to walk, I will have to give this a try. I saw someone who had knotted their skirt at the bottom yesterday.

Gracey said...

That knot is brilliant. It helps alleviate some of the shapelessness of the dress. I'm definitely going to have to try that!

Closet Fashionista said...

Loving the dress!! And I think any length is good for right now, there were so many different lengths on the runways :D
My maxi skirt is an odd length though...its like in the middle of my calves...dunno how that happened XD When I first got it it was longer, musta shrunk in the wash
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Isabel said...

it looks great on you! i tried on a striped maxi but it didnt look good on me :(

Mrs. J said...

I love the knot and you have taken the trend in a different direction. I agree the maxi hem situation is complicated..lol

Love your necklace and can't wait to finally wear the one I bought.

Shea said...

I've seen girls wear maxi skirts and dresses ranging from just below the calf to floor-grazing length. So I think anything goes!
I absolutely love how your knot gives this dress a whole new shape! I've seen maxis knotted at the bottom, but never on the side like this. What a great idea!

Lorena said...

I personally like them long with flats.
For me it's not an easy task as I am usually shorter than the dress meaning that it will be wayyyyy too long.
I usually try a belt - I never thought of a knot.
How very clever !
Will I get to see you and Chloe this weekend ?

Fashion Tales.... said...

That striped maxi-dress is amazing, I love how thick the stripes are. :)

StyleIDnet said...

The knot idea is awesome, You look so Chic on this dress .... necklace gorgeous and Chloe .... the best model.

I am so happy about the watch, will email you my contact info in a little bit, Thanks,

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Kristin said...

That's genius what you did with the knot!

Kavery said...

You know I have the same issues with maxis. Another issue is not being able to walk fast. Tying the knot was a stroke of genius Lydia, it looks like it was made that way.

Alex Elizabeth said...

I like my maxis dragging on the floor. This, however, is not conducive to walking so usually I tie a knot in the bottom. The light looks great post-rainstorm, very soft. Shame about the cold though.

Julie Del said...

I love the way you knotted the dress at your waist! It is SUPER flattering! Trying that....

Julie Del @ J.Bird

allie said...

Gah, we don't have an H&m store in my state and it kills me every time I see cute, inexpensive stuff like this! One is opening this fall though and I can't wait!

I think the knot is a great solution. I've seen maxis look nice with heels or flats, but I think the flats offer a more carefree, casual vibe which I prefer for most occasions. You could easily dress this up with heels though!

MOUSEVOX VINTAGE said...

oh, gosh. i LOVE the way you styled this. the knot adds such a nice shape to such a simple piece and makes the whole look all the more interesting. i think these photos turned out beautifully. the soft light is lovely and you can almost see the steam rising off the terrain from the rain.

Beauty.Style.Growth said...

Great idea with the knot.

Shey said...

wow Lyddie you look so good in that dress with the knot, I've never seen anyone tie a knot on their maxi dress it looks great!

this free bird said...

Girl I love the side knot and the lighting. The fact that it just rained adds a certain something wonderful to the pics--you look fab.

xo,
C

missvinylahoy.com said...

I love the way you knotted this dress. That first photo looks awesome! I though the dress was cinched on the side, but no, it's you, being awesome!

TrophyBoutique said...

Lovely! I have the same questions about maxi length--I like how you tied this here. Seems like ankle length is easier to not trip on...

Jessica Gitler said...

i never in a million years would have thought to just tie the dress to make it shorter, I love it and to tell you the truth I think I like it better all together this way!! nicely done!!
jess
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1ststatestyle said...

I bought this dress with purple stripe last year. Yes, it is very long but I love the way you knotted it! Very clever!


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kimbercrafts said...

I love how knotting this dress gives the illusion that the stripes are multi-directional. It looks so great! I think knotting is becoming the new belting.

Mimi said...

Wow, that IS a great solution! Why haven't I ever heard of this easy trick for dresses that need hemming?!! Thanks, you look great;)
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Tamra {walkswithBella} said...

I really need that dress... I'm overdue for an H&M trip. Love the way you tied it on the side and paired it with the stones. Chloe, cute as always!

Mimi said...

the necklace looks sooo good with the maxi dress! and i totally didn't think of the knot -- i ended up hemming my maxi dress. i will definitely knot it next time. :)

<3, Mimi
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DaniellaBella said...

A knot at the waist? Well... How does a simple knot change that dress from fun to elegant? I have no idea but it really does. SWOON!

The Closet Shopper said...

Ummm, that was brilliant how you knotted that dress. I would never have thought of that.

I say they are meant to be worn every way you described. But the way you did it was perfection.

xo,
Tracy

Meesh said...

Great idea, knotting the dress. I think they're probably supposed to be ankle-length, but I'm short so that never happens, ha. Glad to get some new ideas!

Vanessa, Take only Memories said...

These are such lovely photos! Beautiful dress!

Madeline Quaint said...

Your figure is stunning, you look great in this dress!

I do the knotting thing as well, as most maxis are made of a material that seems to strech hrribly as the days draws on and by the evening I'd totally step on the hem and fall on my face. :D

Phuong said...

the dress and necklace is so beautiful!

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Lindsay said...

I love how you knotted this maxi dress to give it a different look. How smart! I just ordered this necklace and can't wait to get my hands on it, too! Yay!

Mochachocolata Rita said...

omg i want his lens! amazing pictures!

Jenn said...

Like everyone else, I love the knotted dress!! It adds such a cute detail to the dress.

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