Friday, 23 September 2016

Maxi Lengths and Balenciaga Bags

Every now and then I'll get a comment that someone who's short (but actually taller than me) wishes they could wear maxi lengths. You can! In some cases you might need to get things hemmed, or buy a petite length, but both the maxi skirt and dress I'm wearing below haven't been altered in any way to fit my petite 5"2 self.

A slightly more formal and more casual way to wear maxi lengths, both with Balenciaga bags.

What I wore:

brown cardigan pink maxi dress breastfeeding outfit for baby dedication | Away From Blue

Balenciaga envelope clutch in 2012 mangue with g12 RGGH | Away From Blue
NecklaceSilhoupette gold plated Shih Tzu necklace layered with Tai gold alphabet necklaces
DressMEV Havana maxi dress C/O Zibibo
BeltAsos metal keeper skinny waist belt in bright blue
ShoesMarc by Marc Jacobs metallic mouse flats (on sale in black or silver!)
Bracelets: the usual plus silver charm bracelet
BagBalenciaga envelope clutch in 2012 mangue with giant 12 RGGH

Why I wore it:

I feel like I say this every time I wear this dress, but I loved this outfit. It is my favourite dress - even in pregnancy it never fails to make me feel good. Wore this to baby boy's dedication ceremony. It's like a christening, the baby wears a traditional gown but there's no baptising. You just thank God for the amazing miracle you have, welcome baby into the family and circle of friends and promise to tell them all about God. It was exciting having baby boy wear the same gown his brother did almost two years ago, it was my dedication gown too and it's been in the family for generations.

Wasn't sure if the weather was going to be as cold and rainy as predicted or not so added this cardigan. It was warm enough to take it off for the ceremony and the rain stayed away until later that afternoon thankfully.

I've worn a yellow bag with this dress before, it's a great combination. The style challenge for the day was 'lighter' so the bright colour and smaller size met the theme nicely. The clutch did spent most of the time in the baby bag though, as if I wasn't holding baby boy or toddler T or Cooper I had a camera in my hand taking pics.


Last worn: brown marle cardigan, cobalt belt, pink maxi dress, gold mouse flats, Balenciaga yellow envelope clutch.

Other ways to wearbrown cardigan and khaki tank, cobalt belt and boho dress, pink maxi dress at 39 weeks pregnant, gold mouse flats and skinny jeans, Balenciaga yellow envelope clutch and a lace dress.





What I wore:

purple scarf blue wrap top striped maxi skirt casual SAHM style | AwayFromBlue

Balenciaga giant hardware Day bag in 2009 tempete, Cora wood watch | AwayFromTheBlue
ScarfMarc by Marc Jacobs mauve square scarf
TopDorothy Perkins 3/4 sleeve wrap top
Skirt: Target black and white striped maxi skirt
ShoesConverse Chuck Taylor All Star low in black
Bracelets: the usual plus Cora purpleheart and mother of pearl watch C/O JORD
BagBalenciaga giant hardware Day bag in 2009 tempete

Why I wore it:

A much more casual way to wear a maxi! This maxi skirt was an awesome buy when I was pregnant with toddler T. It stretched to accommodate two pregnancies (have to love an elastic waist!) and is still so comfy post baby. With this wrap top it was an easy breastfeeding outfit. Picked the purple scarf as I wanted a little something to keep my chest covered in the chilly morning after all the coughs and colds we've battled the past few weeks, and I really like blue and purple together. Ended up taking the scarf off in the afternoon as it got warmer.

Wore this for a relaxed day - went to view a house in the morning and then the in laws came over for dinner. The Converse and maxi skirt together met the 'kicks and skirt' Spring Fling style challenge prompt, and the black maxi skirt was perfect for the 'darker' theme of the TRMstyle challenge.


Last worn: Ray-Ban Wayfarer, purple scarf, blue wrap top, striped maxi skirt, Converse, Balenciaga day bag.

Other ways to wearpurple scarf and pink bag, blue wrap top and printed jeans, striped maxi skirt and skull scarf, Converse and flares, Balenciaga day bag and denim shorts.


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72 comments:

  1. That pink maxi is one of my favourite pieces of your wardrobe! Glad you are still loving it and that you had a lovely dedication ceremony!

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    1. Thanks! One of my favourites too :)

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  2. Love these Balenciaga pieces!

    http://violettedaily.com/

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  3. I love that shade of pink. It's so pretty. And I've definitely heard my shorter friends say that they can't wear maxi's but I think they make everyone look taller!

    Fizz and Frosting

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    1. I think they do too - most people are surprised when I say how short I am, haha!

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  4. That pink maxi is gorgeous, I can see why it's your favorite.

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  5. I love that first maxi on you too! Isn't it nice to have a go-to piece like that you always feel good in. How special that it was what you wore for the christening. I love when clothes hold memories like that. Both looks are great!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

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    1. Yes it's wonderful to have that tradition in the family, we are very lucky :)

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  6. I can totally see why you love that maxi dress! I love the details on the bottom and the belt is a fun addition too!

    Becky
    www.bybmgblog.com

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  7. You always make me want to go out and buy more maxi skirts and dresses--they're always so cute on you. Love both looks, especially those COLORS in the first look...so pretty! I just got a striped knit maxi so your second look is giving me some styling inspiration.

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    1. Glad I could give you some inspiration - your maxi sounds wonderful! :)

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  8. That purple maxi dress is fabulous. I love how you paired it with that yellow bag. It is such a brilliant combo. The combination of yellow and purple is always stunning.

    I agree with what you said about maxi dresses. I think it is just about finding the right fit. It is not about the height, they can look good on petite women as well...and they always look great on you! Sometimes people limit themselves without a reason. Fashion rules are there to be broken.

    The second outfit is fantastic. It has such a relaxed vibe! Stripes are always a cool idea...and I do like that maxi as well.

    https://modaodaradosti.blogspot.ba/

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    1. Very good advice Ivana - some fashion rules are definitely meant to be broken, we should wear what makes us happy in the end! :)

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  9. That first dress though, it is sooo beautiful!! I agree with Beth, I think it's one of the most beautiful pieces in your wardrobe, the colour is so amazing and it looks so flattering on your lovely figure! :) <3 x x x

    Kay
    http://www.shoesandglitter.com/

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    1. One of my favourites too! :) It's such a nice colour.

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  10. Great post and photos dear, thanks for sharing!

    Faye .x

    Blog: http://www.fayeisabella.co.uk/2016/09/the-face-of-today-lfw-edition.html
    Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/fayeisabella/

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  11. Love the colors, girl! You look beautiful as always!

    xoxo, Christina

    Stray Birds and Lavender

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  12. I need to try out a maxi dress sometime! cute looks!

    kelseybang.com

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  13. I am just 5', so you are taller than me Mica ;)
    That maxi is a great garment that you've given a good run and it still has a lot of life in it.
    I had never heard of the dedication ceremony, it sounds like a beautiful tradition.

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    1. Oh I had no idea! :)

      It is a wonderful tradition - especially being able to use the same gown that's been in the family for generations! :)

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  14. Stripes are so great!! I also love that first maxi dress so much!

    Sarah
    http://mybowsandclothes.blogspot.com

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  15. I am one of them who said I wish I could wear a maxi dress and I'm 5ft4. LOL! I'm just way too lazy to bring it to the tailor but will definitely look out for petite size in the future.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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    1. haha yes it can be a pain taking things to the tailor, but not everything has to be if you can find a petite length! :)

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  16. Love the bag and that cute striped maxi skirt! =)

    - Cielo
    Mermaid in Heels

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  17. Love the pink dress with the orange bag! gorgeous combo!

    Darriyan xo
    www.darriyancateland.co.uk

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  18. The bag is awesome, yellow and pink match perfect.

    xoxo

    Priscilla

    BEAUTYNATURE

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  19. Yeah I don't know why so many people say that. I have seen many short people in maxi dresses and they look fine. And this one looks amaze balls on you, and love the color. And that tradition sounds lovely and that is impressive you have had that gown in your family for generations.

    Allie of ALLIENYC
    www.allienyc.com

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    1. Yes I think petite people cam definitely wear maxi lengths, I don't know why there is that rule either! :)

      I'm so blessed to still be able to use such a special gown! :)

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  20. LOVE the color of your maxi dress! So pretty and fun! I struggle with maxi dresses too, and I'm 5'4", so what am I afraid of?! haha! Maybe if the weather stays warm, I'll try wearing my one maxi dress!

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    1. hehe glad I could give you some inspiration to wear your dress! :)

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  21. Goodness, you're 5'2"? I didn't know that! Haha, well you certainly are representing for the shorter folks by rocking those maxi dresses and skirts :D

    The Dragonfruit Diaries
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    1. hehe yep, not very tall at all! :)

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  22. You should be able to wear whatever you want and makes you feel comfortable!
    And that maxi dress looks amazing in you, you're totally killing the outfit :)

    Nikki -
    https://theunhappymermaid.wordpress.com/

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    1. Yes, definitely! We should wear what makes us comfortable and happy :)

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  23. The pink maxi dress is so beautiful! I have a similar one and I love it! And the colour suits you well :)

    Yiota
    Pinkdaisyloves.blogspot.com

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  24. You look absolutely beautiful in both looks! Your choice of yellow makes the dress pop even more beautifully! Thanks for the inspiration! Have a wonderful week

    Tiff
    Http://www.dashoffashandfinance.com

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    1. I do love the colour combination! Glad I could give you some inspiration :)

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  25. I think the idea that petite girls can't wear maxi dresses needs to change, because I've seen many of my petite friends wear them, and they look stunning -- as do you, Mica. I love the story of the first dress; any piece with sentimental value is an automatic yes in my books!

    MAY | WWW.THEMAYDEN.COM

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    1. Thank you! Yes I think you're right, petite people can definitely wear maxi lengths! :)

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  26. The clashing colours work surprisingly well together, and it's nice to see such a cheery vibe in autumn styling! :)

    aglassofice.com
    x

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  27. I adore the pops of vibrant colour you always input into your outfits Mica! And I love a maxi dress too - and I'm 5'1!

    Musings & More

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    1. Yes, petite maxi lovers unite haha! :) I do like my bright accessories :)

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  28. I love that purple dress! I struggle to wear maxi's for the opposite problem, it's a little harder to add material than it is to take it off! I love that black and white stripy skirt too, it looks like the kind of thing you could wear 1001 ways and not get sick of.
    Good luck with the househunt, hope you find something that suits you soon!

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    1. Thank you! It's going slowly but our perfect house will be worth the wait! :)

      And yes you're right it's much easier to shorten things than add length! :)

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  29. Love the first color combo! So bright and fun!
    Dora www.BangsBang.com

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  30. Dear Mica, honestly I'm not surprised you love your dress that much! It is perfect! And I really like it how you styled it - and your 2nd look, too :)
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
    www.dressedwithsoul.com

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  31. Stunning looks! The purple dress is just perfect!
    Adi xx
    fancycorrectitude.com
    instagram.com/fancycorrectitude

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  32. You're an inch taller than me, Mica! But yes, I agree, petites can wear maxis too. I love maxi dresses and in fact on Monday I'm due to post on how to wear a maxi skirt and denim two ways!
    I want to find a good striped maxi skirt like yours. They are so versatile for all seasons - tees in summer, chunky knits in winter!

    https://petitesilvervixen.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. I liked your post -t hat is a beautiful maxi skirt you got! And I agree a striped maxi is such a wardrobe staple!

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  33. I love the color of the purple dress! Nice styling.

    Bella Pummarola

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  34. I can see why that first dress is your favorite! The color and silhouette are both really pretty on you. And how great that it didn't need to be hemmed.

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    1. Yes it's the perfect length! :) It was meant to be ankle length but skims the ground beautifully one me hehe.

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  35. Such great ways to do a maxi! I love the color mix on the first outfit especially. And good luck with house-hunting!

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    1. Thank you! It's going slowly but I'm hopeful we will find our perfect place soon! :)

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  36. I'm 5"2 as well but haven't found a maxi dress that looks good on me; thanks for the inspiration! :D I love the pink one paired with the grey cardigan, very cozy and relaxed!


    Macarons and Mischief

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    1. Hopefully you find the perfect one soon!

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  37. I love the combination of colors in the first look as purple and yellow is one of my favorite color combos. Also, that dress is stunning!

    -Katie
    http://hellokatiegirl.blogspot.com/

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  38. Both looks are pretty! I love the color of your maxi dress. I also love your stripe skirt! Both looks are excellent for fall.

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  39. If you love something, wear it Mica! I love maxi dresses and skirts :D Loving that second outfit also! Black, grey and a smidgen of purple ... Looks beautiful on you! Good luck on the house hunting.
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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    1. Thank you Kim! I'm hoping we find the perfect place soon! :)

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  40. That pink maxi is so pretty! I love that ruffle hem detail! Hope the house hunting is going well!

    http://www.mylittlenest.org

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  41. I had no idea you were 5'2"! I'm 5'3", so there goes all my excuses out the window. (; I was really big into maxi things when I was pregnant, but as I got back to my regular size, they kind of phased themselves out. I still have a few summery staple dresses I cling to though. (;

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    1. Maxi dresses are so perfect for summer so I can see why you kept them! :)

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  42. Thank you all for your lovely comments!

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