I’ve taken height to be a large part of my identity for quite some time now. I was always the shorter one out of my friends, the one that never seemed to grow past 5″2. Even now, at a slightly taller 5″4.1 (The .1 counts, okay?!), I take my height into account when it comes to a lot of things, especially fashion. For as long as I remember, I had rules when it came to what complimented my short frame, and every skirt or dress I bought had to be mini. My legs were short enough as they were, and a maxi dress would only cut them off more.
However, as I delve further into the world of fashion, I’ve been looking to experiment more. I’ve been loving jumpsuits, culotte style trousers, crop tops… A bunch of things I never would have considered before. But the one thing I hadn’t really tried yet was the infamous maxi skirt/dress.
When Boohoo gave me the opportunity to try one of their maxi dresses*, I felt that now was the time to try something out of my comfort zone. They had a pretty great selection and, as a maxi dress virgin, I didn’t really know where to start. I felt that I’d ease in with a dip hem dress, because showing some leg would counteract the fact that I don’t have much to begin with.
I ended up with the orange Katie Off The Shoulder Floral maxi dress, mainly because I’m really trying with the colours at the moment and also because I feel like off the shoulder styled things counteract my broad shoulders. On arriving, it was pretty much exactly how it looked online, and I excitedly threw it in my bag to rock on the streets of Rome.
It trailed behind me, exactly like a reverse cape and I felt like the flamenco dancer emoji. Every time I sat down it, it flowed beneath me and I felt like such a princess. I love my short little sundresses, I think that they look super cute and flowy. However, in this maxi dress I felt elegant and regal, as well as super mature, which isn’t a bad feeling for someone who’s just turned 21. There’s nothing better than clothes that make you feel special, and this was one that really did the job for me.
The second I tried it on, all my height specific worries disappeared. Maybe it helped that I paired it with a wedge, but honestly I feel that I would have been fine either way. My worries about maxi dresses making me look even smaller were absolutely not needed. If anything, I felt tall(er) and elegant as I strode down the streets of Italy in my fancy new floral maxi.
Yes. Most definitely yes. In fact, I wanted to re-wear it the next day but I felt that was a bit too much. It wasn’t too clingy, it allowed room for my pizza baby and it definitely looks like it’s worth more than the £25 that it is! I’m probably going to wear it to a uni formal at some point as well as fancy events during the summer. Also, I could definitely pair it with a denim jacket for a transitional Autumn look.
I’m most definitely going to experiment more with maxi skirts and dresses! I looked nice in it, but most importantly I loved how it made me feel. I want more of that feeling, and I’m definitely going to have a massive browse of their range.
Thank you so much to everyone for reading this, and to Boohoo for sending me the dress and working with me on this post! What did you think of this? Let me know in the comments as I want to do more fashion posts but I’m trying to find my style (pun not intended).
Lots of love,
Hey, I'm Jasmine Burke. A girl in her twenties fresh out of Uni that's trying to write in any way that she can. I go under the branch of "lifestyle" but honestly, you can find pretty much anything on here.
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