I’ve got a little bit of a fashion obsession going on right now: I’m all about maxis. Maxi skirts, maxi dresses, it doesn’t matter. As long as its long and flowy I head straight for it. There are so many reasons why longer is better for a momma on the move, but I’ve put together a list of five of my favorites here. So, without further ado…
You should wear maxis because…
You don’t have to shave above your ankles.
This is kind of major, especially for you mommas out there. It can be hard enough squeezing in a full, uninterrupted shower. And being able to shave both of your legs entirely to boot? Dream on, darling. Unless you have the luxury of a full-time nanny or a work-from-home husband, shaving time is probably scarce. Maxi skirt, to the rescue! The world has no reason to know that from the ankle up I’m an unshaven wildebeest.
Mossimo dress (similar)
It feels like a nightgown.
Let’s be real. For me, comfort is probably the most important part of picking out any outfit. I need to be able to move quickly and freely if Ellie decides she’s going to start scaling bookshelves. I need to be able to carry her, my purse and as many bags of groceries as I can fit on my arm without having to worry that I’m going to trip or that my muffin top is hanging out. I need to feel like I just got out of bed while looking like I put in a little bit of effort.
No one will see the spots on your legs where you scratched yourself raw.
Don’t pretend you’re not guilty. Don’t try to tell me that you don’t scratch your mosquito bites. Because I know you do. Even though you yell at your kids not to, I know you’re not getting through the summer with at least one scab from that time your fingernail took on a life of its own and decided to conquer the itch.
If you wear shorts, your kids will be all “Well you did it!” And you’ll be all “I… uh… I tripped… into a pricker bush!” And then they’ll be all “You said lying was bad!” Just put on a maxi and forget about it.
No wardrobe malfunctions that end with your neighbor seeing your granny panties.
You know what I love about summer? Cute little sundresses that are so light you feel like you’re not wearing anything. Do you know what I don’t love? Bending over to pick up the spilled contents of my purse just as a breeze picks up so that I give my neighbor front row tickets to Hot Suburban Housewives XVI: It’s All About the Ass.
No thank you. I’d much rather bend over and know that not even a monsoon would uncover my baggy panties.
There’s extra fabric to use when you forget to bring tissues/wipes.
Not for butts! But seriously. We’ve all been there. A kid sneezes, there’s snot dripping everywhere and there’s not a tissue in sight. In winter, that’s what scarves were made for. In summer there’s so much bare skin that there’s rarely excess fabric around–unless you’re wearing a maxi. Lift up the bottom of that sucker, wipe some snot and be on your way. Gross? Of course. But what’s the alternative? Your hand?
So are you a maxi girl? If you’ve got any other reasons to add to my list, I want to hear them!