Maxi-mum Possibilities | My Favorite Plus Size Maxi Dresses and Skirts for Fall

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eternity-maxi-dress-full-1Maxi dresses. You haven’t seen me wearing too many of them. Sometimes I get so giddy over a circle skirt or a novelty print, I forget about these tried and true wardrobe staples. I tend to go through phases with fashion, and before my obsession with ’50s and ’60 retro, I was a maxi skirt kind of girl. This was prior to being introduced to the body positivity movement. Since then, I subconsciously associated maxi styles with being told to “cover up,” but now I see that’s far from being the truth.

eternity-maxi-dress-full-2I don’t feel like I’m hiding anything in this dress! It’s called the Eternity Maxi Convertible Dress made by SWAK Designs, and it’s like a dozen dresses in one! The dress itself is a maxi skirt with two looooong pieces of fabric at the bust-line that can be wrapped, twisted, and tied in so many ways from strappy to strapless or even into a skirt. SWAK also offers the same dress in a shorter length with just as many possibilities. It reminds me of a toga, so it’s BC retro for all of us looking for another fashionable era for inspiration.

stella-wrap-collageOn their site, SWAK has an Eternity Dress Video Guide with tutorials on each way to wrap yourself up in this dress. The style I’m wearing is a variation on the “Stella,” except that I tied the ends of my long pieces in the front. What I love about this particular way of wrapping is the shoulder area can stretch from sleeveless to a cap sleeve depending on how much coverage I want, and I still get the cute crisscross in the front…and in the back!

Looking to add more maxi dresses to your wardrobe this fall? Here are some of my favorites:

maxi-dress-collagel-r: Kiyonna Desert Rain Maxi Dress / ModCloth Jam Patched Dress / Torrid Surplice Tulip Maxi Dress / Simply Be Maxi Dress with Slits and Long Sleeves

eternity-maxi-skirt-full-2Let’s talk about skirts. I figured I’d give the “Maggie” wrap a try in the Eternity Dress, and I’m not 100% thrilled. In hindsight, I should have picked a lighter, solid color top to coordinate with the skirt. The fabric isn’t that thin, but the black stripes are so dark they show right through.

eternity-maxi-dress-full-3As for the dress itself, it’s almost too long to be worn as a skirt. I’m tall, and it skimmed the ground. I had to pull the waist up really high not to trip all over it. Unless you’re taller than I am, I suggest getting the shorter version of this dress if you want to wear it as a skirt.

Or you could try some of these:

maxi-skirt-collagel-r: Lane Bryant Ombre Maxi Skirt / Cool Gal Blue Jessica Kane Chevron Maxi Skirt / Lane Bryant Sequin Maxi Skirt / eShakti Chambray Denim Long Skirt (size customizable)

eternity-dress-collage-2How do you plan on incorporating maxi styles into your wardrobe? Let me know in the comments!  I’m glad we all have many hemline options from short to long, and I love trying them all.

Outfit Details – SWAK Designs Eternity Maxi Convertible Dress

Outfit 1 – Clutch: Charming Charlie (similar) / Earrings: similar / Shoes: Lane Bryant (similar)

Outfit 2 – Top: Lane Bryant (similar) / Earrings: similar / Necklace: I made it! See the video tutorial here!


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6 thoughts on “Maxi-mum Possibilities | My Favorite Plus Size Maxi Dresses and Skirts for Fall

  1. Amanda C says:

    I only recently started pulling the maxis out of my closet to wear this year, and I’m not sure why I waited so long into the season to do so. I guess I am similar in that I go through clothing phases too. I love the versatility of that dress though and have contemplated getting something similar for myself for the sole fact that there are SO many different ways to wear it. I loved the styles you chose and I think you look great!
    XO Amanda | Sans Scrubs

    • says:

      Yeah, I guess it could be hemmed, but I like the length it is as dress that I probably won’t touch it. Thanks <3

  2. Lauren Blair says:

    You look awesome to the max! Hehe. I had a similar trajectory of shunning maxi skirts once I found circle skirts, but like you am making my way back to that kind of clothing. I’ve fallen pretty hard for 70s era clothing so it’s hard to avoid! I love how versatile the looks you showed are and I really adore that you showcased a somewhat “uh-oh” with the stripes popping through…I love it when blogs show tips that they learned the hard way. You still like great with that ensemble though! XO
    -Lauren Blair

    • says:

      Haha, thanks! Sometimes there are happy accidents. I did see the stripes show through beforehand, but I wasn’t exactly sure how much they’d show up on camera. A good lesson for all of us!

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