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Maxi 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.
I 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.
On 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:
l-r: Kiyonna Desert Rain Maxi Dress / ModCloth Jam Patched Dress / Torrid Surplice Tulip Maxi Dress / Simply Be Maxi Dress with Slits and Long Sleeves
Let’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.
As 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:
l-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)
How 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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