Maxi Botanica

 This is one of my favorite dresses that I own. It's kind of ironic really, because despite all of its perfect, drapey, turquoisey, tropical flamingo realness, I really am not much of a fan of maxi dresses. I just generally have a problem with longer skirts; I find them difficult, often dowdy, hardly ever long enough, and a real pain when you have to take a big step, break into a run, walk through the rain, or basically just, well, live.

But every once in a while you meet a dress that proves you wrong. This was one of those. I had really no intention of shopping the day I found this dress. I found it at Tommy Bahama last December when I was on one of my Florida jaunts and had just had lunch with a friend. We were sort of trolling the shops, not really with any particular aim, but I saw this dress and the pattern just spoke to me ("of course it did" you're saying... it's bright, loud, botanical...all the elements are there). This dress was one of those moments where you walk out of the dressing room and people you've never met say "Oooo. you need that." And I do need it. I really do. Oh, and it has pockets. Pockets you guys!

The green maxi skirt that you see below is a happy Wisconsin thrift store find from one of my many visits home to see my family. It's a strange animal, really. It's pretty much made of that wubbly swimsuit material that was so popular back in the late 80s-early 90s. It's by Susan Graver, who is a designer for QVC, so I guess at some point a few decades ago (or maybe less), this skirt was a featured player on your television screen. Famous! At any rate, it's another of those things that I was drawn to for the pattern, and stayed with for the fact that it is the only maxi skirt I've ever worn that is actually long enough for me. In the interest of complete transparency, I still sometimes feel a bit like maybe it isn't me, but I get lots of complements when I wear it, so I guess it's a good exercise in expanding one's boundaries. At any rate, it's perfect camouflage for the Florida landscape.


  1. Looking great as ever be it as a Highlander or Floridian. Please continue to showcase your acid flamingo side!


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