Maxi dresses are summer cool.
There’s just something about chiffon, and embroidery, and a hat. Wardrobe elements that are pretty and super fun. It’s like a day in the garden and old school feminine combined for a lighthearted take on style.
Dorothy and I are sharing our impudent selves, dressed in our finest florals, with these two looks. We think these are perfect for women who are over 50 women whether for a weekend, a festival or even a stroll through the local botanical gardens.
Maxi skirts in summer are much cooler than clinging pants, jeans, or slacks. They hide a multitude of sins - from veins and blotchy legs to wrinkled knees and orange peel thighs. Long skirts allow you to sashay, swoop, or squat without embarrassment. They drape nicely over a jelly belly or a “Baby Got Back” bottom. The eddying skirt also keeps a nice breeze on your legs. (Just remember to hold it up when ascending stairs or you’ll land flat on your impeccable, made up face.)
Dorothy has on an embroidered dress with an attached underskirt. She’s also sporting a navy straw hat with a slightly floppy brim. We’re barefooted in these shots but Dorothy had a nice pair of wedges that paired perfectly for lawn walking.
I’ve got on a double skirt of printed, floral chiffon with a wide ruffle, or tier, at the bottom. My top is a crystal-pleated, charmeuse, sleeveless shell with a mock neck. A wide brimmed white straw hat for keeping the sun off my face. I also tied a pastel blue, muslin, cheesecloth scarf to the hat to hang down in back. (Hobby Lobby for under 10 bucks!)
I also have hat pins from my collection of antiques and you can get new ones from Victorian Trading Company. Click the picture to see more. I show the set in this affiliate link but you can get most individually under 20 dollars. (I can't tell you how happy I am to be an affiliate with VT!) I usually have a way to secure hats to my head in case my handsome husband wants to take a spur of the moment ride in a convertible. (You never know!)
Pro-tip: Wide brim hats also block the sun from illuminating under-eye bags. Add some light highlight to your eye’s inner corners, throw on a big hat, and poof! 10 years evaporates.
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