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to think that Maxi dresses are 'orrible and make everyone look like a cross between Mama Cass and her from Abigail's Party

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GetOrfMoiLand · 11/04/2011 17:21

They are awful.

I am very tall and thin and they make me look like a chubby shortarse.

Plus (and this is the real point I think) I remember wearing one walking tipsy up some stairs and trop on the front of the dress, causing me to stumble and headbutt my own knee.

So, if you want to wear one and look like a boho throwback, be careful.

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hardhatdonned · 11/04/2011 17:26

I am in 100% total and utter agreement with you!

They make all women look fat and/or pregnant!


mickeyjohn · 11/04/2011 17:26

Yes! I am tall and thin too and STILL make me look fat. I think they might be ok if you belt them in, and don't move. Ever. Which is why they look good on shop dummies but no-one else!


Cattleprod · 11/04/2011 17:27

The jersey sort are a bit more flattering, but I understand what you mean about the big, billowing empire line monstrosities.

Haven't seen a Mama Cass reference for years - she makes me be very careful when eating bacon sandwiches!


MikeRotch · 11/04/2011 17:27


specially when biffers wear em


Cattleprod · 11/04/2011 17:29

Especially with their summer bra straps showing, Mike!! Wink


LyingWitchInTheWardrobe2726 · 11/04/2011 17:29

Well they must be fine if you happen to be short and fat then. Grin

Cattleprod... I believe the Mama Cass/ham sandwich thing is an urban legend alas...


GetOrfMoiLand · 11/04/2011 17:29

They are awful aren't they.

I tried one on a couple of weeks ago - it was a great big 70s style one, so I should have known, but it made me look huge. It's not good to have that much material billowing around anyway. What happens when it pisses down? Or in high winds (lol at mental image though).

I have also tried on a grey marl jersey one, it just looked as if I had a cheap Asda nighty on.

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tabulahrasa · 11/04/2011 17:30

YABU, my 10 yr old looks lovely in them


GetOrfMoiLand · 11/04/2011 17:30

I had one a couple of years ago (the self knee headbutt dress) but I was a bit bigger then, so now I am thin (thank ye gods and illness) I thought I would try again. STILL make me look fat.

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LDNmummy · 11/04/2011 17:31

Whats a 'biffer'? Could someone enlighten me please?


TrillianAstra · 11/04/2011 17:31


I love them.

I will not be persuaded otherwise, no matter what insults you throw at me.


borderslass · 11/04/2011 17:31

Well I'm already a shortarse so I wouldn't bother.


BringBackGoingForGold · 11/04/2011 17:33

I love them! Really got into them on a hot holiday last year. Even light knee-length dresses felt too hot; maxis were the only thing to keep the scorching sun off my skin and let air circulate.

OP, I'm also tall (5ft 10) and thin, and I don't feel like, or feel as if I look like, Mama Cass in them, but maybe I just love them so much that I don't care.

In all but really really hot weather though I prefer knee-length or a bit shorter. I like to get a bit of sun on my blue corpse-like pale English-rose legs.


Amileaminute · 11/04/2011 17:33

Think you have to have big boobs to carry it off


TeacupTempest · 11/04/2011 17:33

yabu It depends on the style and the cut. I have three and am of average height and am thin. I have always been complimented when I wear them.


nobiggy · 11/04/2011 17:34

You could get three normal outfits out of that material

I went to one of those outdoor concert/picnic things once, a woman in a maxi dress was doing a Dervish-type thing to Elgar and caught the dress on a flare.

It wasn't a tragedy, she managed to put it out, so I felt quite ok about laughing.


GetOrfMoiLand · 11/04/2011 17:34

That's where I fall down then, being flat chested.

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MrSpoc · 11/04/2011 17:34

My wife has just bought one and she looks sexy as hell. I like them


Gissabreak · 11/04/2011 17:35

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bibbitybobbityhat · 11/04/2011 17:36


I quite like the idea of long evening dresses for a posh grown-up evening do.

But not for the school run or schlepping around Tesco.


GetOrfMoiLand · 11/04/2011 17:38

I just can't be doing with all that billowing ship in full sail feel.

Agree long dresses are lovely for the evening when all dressed up. I just can't equate long dresses = casual.

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52Girls · 11/04/2011 17:39

Too try hard.

I've never seen one that looks good, not on any shape. Despite what you may think. A bit like linen trousers.


BringBackGoingForGold · 11/04/2011 17:42

I'm flat-chested too. I like to think I look elegant and racehorse-like/sporty in a 20s-flapper way Smile. I get loads of compliments when I wear a maxidress too. But frankly, even if I didn't I'd still wear them, on the aforementioned hot holidays and when it's warm but I haven't waxed my legs/I just feel too pale to get my calves out/I know I'll need to sit down on the grass and get up again and don't want to flash people.


PureBloodMuggle · 11/04/2011 17:42

I look amazing in them.

or so everyone i meet, when I'm wearing one, tells me.


GetOrfMoiLand · 11/04/2011 17:46

I like the idea of maxi dresses. In my head I am all Elle Mcpherson long limbed and elegant.

Then I look in the mirror and see Eric Morecambe in drag Sad

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