Saturday, March 31, 2012

Style Over 50: The Maxi Dress Movement

Petite Getaway Gauze Dress - Blue

I'm loving the range of hemlines this spring. Not only are there dresses and skirts of every conceivable length--micro, mini, midi and maxi--but there seems to be many more choices for each length than in recent seasons. Case in point: the maxi dress. Clothing sites are showing a nice selection of both dressy and casual maxi dresses in neutral colors as well as brilliant ones, plus stripe and floral prints. One of my posts that attracts a lot of readers is Dresses Over 50: Let'm Flow. Recently, I was updating that post and found a lot of new flowing dresses online.  A maxi dress like the Petite Getaway Gauze Dress - Blue (was $79.95, now $19.99 in limited sizes and colors) from Soft Surroundings Women's Apparel is ultra-comfortable and easy. The off-the-shoulders style might not be for everyone, but I've seen over 50 women wear it and look great.  All you need is a pretty statement necklace and a pair of flat sandals, and you're ready for a get-together with family or friends.My favorites for women over 50 are...

the structured maxi dresses in light-weight material with a muted print, neutral (grey, olive, black) or medium color scheme, with no sleeves or short-sleeved. Many styles have plunging necklines, but I think that issue can be solved with a camisole or sleeveless scoop-neck shell.

If you've been thinking about dabbling in the maxi length, but don't want to make a huge investment while you're experimenting, take a peek at Old Navy. They have a pretty good selection of long dresses in Women and Plus sizes for under $30. I'd like to try this Old Navy Womens Plus Charmeuse Maxi Shirt Dresses with it opened at the neck. I'd wear a camisole or scoop-neck shell. I might also try it with a ultra-light v-neck, 3/4 sleeve T-shirt and a belt.

Old Navy Womens Plus Charmeuse Maxi Shirt Dresses

For more maxi dresses, visit Dresses Over 50: Let'm Flow