The Perfect Mom Dress! 8 Maxis To Work and Play All DayThe Girls With Glasses
Recently I seem to have a major obsession with any and all dresses that have a long hemline. There is no other wardrobe item as easy, effortless, and mom-friendly than the maxi dress. You throw it over your head, add an accessory or two, a pair of sandals, and you’re on your merry way! My friend deems them the “one hit wonder.” While I may add the occasional jacket or cardigan, anytime I can wear one singular piece of clothing and still feel fabulous, practical, and comfortable, I am fully on board. Talk about the trifecta of fashion!
Now that I am a mama of a 21-month-old baby girl, I find myself deep in the trenches of toddlerhood mischief and downright danger at times. I wouldn’t be surprised if London decided to climb to the top of Mount Everest someday, because this little gal of mine is climbing her way to the top of EVERYTHING and quite frankly it’s giving me a heart attack. Luckily (and un-luckily) we live in California where we have bolted everything to the wall with safety straps, in the event of an earthquake; or in my case, in case a fearless almost 2-year-old decides to find her way up a book case or dresser.
Tonight at dinner, she ran away from me faster than I could keep up, climbed into a nearby booth seat, stood on top of a table, and let out a gigantic pterodactyl scream that seemed to echo in eternity, piercing the ears of all the innocent patrons. “Where is her mother?” I imagined them all thinking. Oh, she is just running as fast as her legs can carry her in a fabulous maxi dress to swoop this dare devil pterodactyl child off the table and back into the high chair that she will surely escape in mere seconds. Yes, this is my life, and I love it.
In addition to the climbing, we are running, dancing, jumping, leaping, shopping, bopping, cleaning (and did I mention climbing?) all the live long day. I need to be able to move and not worry about what I am wearing. I don’t have much time to put a whole look together. The maxi, my friends, is the answer. Can I get an AMEN?
So whether it’s time to play at the park, get on the floor and read stories, run errands, make it to a meeting, or run after a toddler, I will show you how to go with the flow in these long, lovely dresses. Whatever the day brings your way, the maxi will help you maximize each moment of motherhood in comfort and style.
Princess Layer 1 of 8
Striped Jersey Maxis can be worn everywhere and found just about anywhere at any price point. I love to kick it up a notch and add a simple layer with a tied denim or chambray shirt instead of a jean jacket, which can get a little bulky. A button down is lighter weight and easier to move around in. Add some simple hoops and flat sandals to be comfy and quick on your feet.
Also, for a tutorial on how to do this crown braid click here!
True Blue 2 of 8
Sometimes just keeping the dress a solid color from head-to-toe can work wonders. Often I will trade out the tie belts that come with the dress for something with contrast or texture, but in this case I just loved it the way it was no fuss, drapes beautifully, soft as butter. I paired it with my favorite 31 bits necklace in pretty shades of blue just to keep it interesting. Day to day I don't generally wear heals, but if I have a meeting I might throw on a pair of wedges just like these.
Flower Child 3 of 8
Truth be told, I am a flower child, a hippie at heart. I would love nothing more then to run wild and free and let the wind run through my hair in this dress covered with roses. And while I would prefer to run free barefoot, and I do, sometimes you have to wear pretty pink sandals to go to... anywhere that requires shoes, I guess. Again, this is your classic "one take wonder." Easy peasy.
Twirl Girl 4 of 8
I found this dress just before a big gig where I was performing. I wanted something ultra-comfortable, yet dramatic enough for the stage, and I hit the jackpot in this gem of a dress. Little did I know that it would crossover from rocking the stage to rocking motherhood. I wear this dress ALL the time with a simple belt. It is incredible cute and beyond comfy, oh and super fun to twirl in.
Vintage Midi 5 of 8
Okay, so I know what you're thinking. And you're right. This dress technically isn't a maxi, more of a midi. But I also enjoy this mid-shin length and find it equally easy and practical to move around in. This is a vintage Diane Von Furstenburg dress I scored for $10 recently. It flows like the wind and it's silky and lovely. Perhaps not perfect for daytime play, but ideal for an evening date for mom and dad. With this blue, you notice the punch of coral around the waist. It is absolutely acceptable and fun to pair two bright colors together! Just like your life, keep it playful!
Bohemian Babe 6 of 8
This might be the best dress I ever bought, and most definitely was the best bargain. This was a Forever 21 find a few years back, I loved it SO much that I bought it in both red and blue and wear it weekly. It was also amazing to wear throughout my pregnancy. Whenever you see something like this, don't pass it up. Keep your eye open for dresses that are as comfortable as they are beautiful, these are the purchases we never regret! I probably get asked fifty thousand times a day where I got it. Unfortunately it is long since out of stock, however Free People offers very similar styles and cuts and that just breeze around your body with bohemian ease!
70s Chic 7 of 8
I wore this LuLu's dress recently for a performance and I think people were more interested in the dress than the music. I can't blame them. Most were shocked to find out that it actually wasn't a vintage piece straight out of the 70s with its floral pattern, long belled sleeves, and groovy style. Such a flattering fit and it also comes with a built-in slip, which is a must! When buying a maxi, make sure to take note of sheerness, so many are so see through these days.
Also for a tutorial on how to do this crown braid, click here!
Modern Maxi 8 of 8
Saw this on the rack at Target and threw it in my cart without even trying it on. It is what we call a no-brainer! This jersey dress steps it up a notch with it's clever strategic color blocking that truly flatters the frame and keeps things interesting! It feels like wearing a night gown and it's light and easy to move around in. Here I am wearing a pair of rad heels, just because. But it is also great with the simplest pair of flip flops. You probably should go get this right now before they run out!
Also, for a tutorial on how to do this crown braid click here!
Photos by Priscilla Chang
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