Meg: Fashion Fears

The other night I bought my very first maxi dress. Maxi dresses have always been a fear of mine, a fashion fear that is. Other women (ahem…Gina) can rock a maxi incredibly well, but I always felt like they fit me funny and wouldn’t flatter my “pear” shape.

Despite my fears, I couldn’t resist the effortless look this $12 Forever 21 maxi dress exuded. Paired with a long sleeved cardigan, Urban Outfitters sandals, Ray Bans, and my favorite handbag, I officially defeated my deep dark fear of looking frumpy in a maxi.






Oh, don’t forget the ever-important top-knot!


Sometimes it’s easy to work yourself up over a fashion trend. The lesson I’ve learned from the maxi dress is to just go for it. What’s the worst that can happen? Other past fashion fears: heels, short shorts, one shoulder dresses, clutches (still working on that one).

What are your fashion fears? What does it take for you to overcome them?



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  1. Priscilla P on July 5, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    I’ve been wanting to get into crop tops for the summer, but I’m not very proud of my belly 🙁 but it’s more motivation to work out right? haha!

  2. Julia on July 5, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    Effortlessly chic and beautiful is what comes to my mind when I see
    you in that outfit. You can definitely pull it off!

  3. Kat on July 5, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    I’ve still been too chicken to buy one – I feel like I’m too short for one. You look spectacular in it!

    • Fitnessista on July 5, 2012 at 10:56 pm

      dooooooo it

  4. Kimberly on July 5, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    I’m 36. I’m afraid of not dressing in an age appropriate way as I age. I research and shop carefully, but I’d really like to find a style mentor that is my age and body type to take the guesswork out of the equation. I’d love to wear a maxi dress, particularly for dinners out on beach vacations, but at 5’3″ I’m afraid I’d be swallowed up!

    • grace on July 5, 2012 at 5:24 pm

      Kimberly, do you ever shop at Boden (online)? I know several women your age who wear it and it is very age-appropriate. (Actually, I think it’s appropriate for all ages. I am 28 and wear it quite a bit.) Anyway, just thought I’d throw that out there. Also, my 5’2″ 65-year-old mother wears maxi dresses all the time and looks totally fine in them. Do it!! 😉

      • Jill on July 6, 2012 at 1:36 pm

        I’m also 5’3, and one day when I wore a maxi dress I had people tell me non-stop that it made me look so tall! Go for it!

  5. Lisa @ Fresh Spinach on July 5, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    I LOVE maxi dresses. I have a closet full of them. I’m short and pear shaped and they fit me well. It’s the easiest way to have a comfortable and fast outfit.

  6. Krista @ Blonde Aesthetic on July 5, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    At my height and body shape, I was pretty scared of maxi dresses, too. Then one day I said “to heck with it” and bought one at TJ Maxx. It was an empire waist, horizontal stripe and everything you’d assume I’d look terrible in, but it works reasonably well. Also, it’s one of the most comfortable things I own so it’s a frequent flier in my house!

  7. grace on July 5, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    I’ve never seen anyone look frumpy in a maxi dress. This includes ladies of all shapes and sizes. Embrace the maxi dress. (And the maxi skirt, while you’re at it. Target needs to bring back their maxi skirts in charcoal grey ASAP.)

  8. Jaime on July 5, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    Where did you get that cardigan? I love the length! I’m currently in a cast after foot surgery so I am living in maxi dresses to cover it, but I need more cardigans to throw over them so they are work appropriate!

    • Meg on July 7, 2012 at 1:04 am

      Forever 21 last winter!

  9. Jordan @ Bake Write Sleep on July 5, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    Ooooooh, I like it on you. I’m also terrified of maxi dresses. Same reason. Maybe I’ll try them out.

    This was a few years back, but I was TERRIFIED of rompers. I finally put one on and ended up LOVING it, but I just kept looking at it like a weird shorts jumpsuit looking… thing. But I found a cute one I couldn’t resist and I was glad I bought it.

  10. Laura on July 5, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    maxi dress looks great! I don’t think everyone can pull it off though, including me some clothes don’t fit me bc I’ petite withe a large chest and I wish I could pull off some things-oh backless dresses I want but I gotta wear a bra!

  11. Mandy M on July 5, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    You look great! Where did you get those sandals?

    • Meg on July 7, 2012 at 1:05 am

      Urban Outfitters <3

  12. Laura @ My Pink Thumb on July 6, 2012 at 8:18 am

    I’ve also always had a fear of maxi dresses.. I love the look of them, but thought/think that at only 5’3, I’m too short to pull them off! Seeing them hanging on the racks at the store, they seem longer than I am tall! lol

    • Meg on July 7, 2012 at 1:06 am

      I’m only 5’5! I say go for it, I’m sure you’d look adorable.

  13. Brenna on July 6, 2012 at 9:28 am

    I might actually try a maxi dress now. This one doesn’t look too long, which is always my problem when I’ve tried on maxi dresses in the past. I also have been thinking about trying what I call a “mullet dress” – one where the front of the skirt is around your knees, but the back is at your feet.

    However, I MUST know where your sandles are from – they are so cute and look soooo comfy!

  14. Alexandria @ Brain, Body, Because on July 6, 2012 at 9:39 am

    You look great!

    I’m also a pear and I’m afraid of skinny jeans. Compared to the classic A-line skirt, I feel so pudgy in skinny jeans.

  15. Sandra Hernandez on July 6, 2012 at 10:06 am

    Hey Meg,

    You look really chic in that outfit. Can you tell me where you purchased the handbag? it’s really nice.

    Thank you

    • Meg on July 7, 2012 at 1:07 am

      It’s Kate Spade 🙂

  16. Melissa (Better Fit) on July 6, 2012 at 10:32 am

    Yay- you look great! Definitely a fashion fear well defeated.

    I find a good cheap version of the item is a good start so you don’t feel that you’re investing in something you may never wear. I’m not very good at knowing what styles and shapes will look good on my body, so I tend to stick to what I know- but it gets boring!!

    • Meg on July 7, 2012 at 1:07 am

      So smart to try the cheap version first!

  17. Suzanne on July 6, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    You look gorge, Meg! The maxi looks great on you.
    I have 4 maxi dresses that have just been sitting in my closet, because they are not hip-flattering.
    Do you have any specific maxi dresses you can suggest for gals who don’t have a straight silhouette?
    Love the style, hate the look on me. 🙁

    • Meg on July 7, 2012 at 1:09 am

      That’s why I rock the long cardigan. It gives you the appearance of a smooth shillouette!

  18. nicole on July 10, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    Love this look! and I loooove the Top Knot. I can’t wait until my hair is long enough

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