Maxi Attack!

Fashion is always one of those things that has both lasting and fickle trends, those you love and those you hate. Usually I don’t get my fashion advice from the free daily “metro” commuter newspaper, but whenever a trend does make its appearance there I know one thing has happened for sure: it’s gone mainstream. The title of the article was, “Find a maxi skirt within your budget” and they proceeded to show $1,980, $145, and $80 skirts. To be fair they also listed a $45 dollar option (the only one), but it was from the pre-teen retailer Delia*s, not quite the size range of the average commuter.

I didn’t understand the Maxi Dress when it debuted, and now someone is trying to have a do-over moment with the Maxi Skirt. Long skirts have been in and out since they were first shunned around the 1920s, with their most successful stint being the hippie era, so some people can just get their maxi skirts out of the closet. Not to be too blunt, but the name “maxi skirt” just does not sound like something I should be buying anywhere other then the “feminine care” isle of CVS. Not to mention that the entire long skirt trend in summer is simply a desperate attempt by the fashion industry to appeal to those consumers (how about the majority?) that shun the short shorts, minis, and bikinis that dominate the summer season. Instead of one magic skirt, how about more realistic sizing? Less weight pressure? The industry knows, of course, that those short and tight things look good on the supermodel, but not on the average human, especially after being stuck indoors with food all winter. The runways are trying to find ways to appease us with the soothing promises such as those offered up by the metro yesterday morning:

“After years of gut sucking cigarette jeans and trousers, the maxi skirt phenomenon that has taken over spring feels like a liberating revolution. You can look chic and stunning without worrying about how many carbs you ate the day before. It’s a win-win.”

I’m sorry, are you trying to tell me that weight has nothing to do with my inner beauty, that I can look amazing regardless of how much I ate? But of course that is unachievable without spending over $200 dollars on this “phenomenon” that can instantly and effortlessly make me look “chic and stunning.” How many times have we heard that before? I can’t be the only one who thinks that this latest attempt to appeal to our insecurities is shameful and unnecessary. Don’t want to bear it all in spring and summer? Then don’t, and you certainly do not need the maxi skirt to make that acceptable. Fashion should be about individualism and expression, so if the maxi skirt is what most represents you or makes you feel comfortable then by all means go for it, but don’t do it just because a newspaper or magazine has heightened your insecurities while simultaneously offered a safe haven: it comes at a price you don’t need to pay.

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2 thoughts on “Maxi Attack!

  1. I don’t think its even that flattering. For the dresses, you have to be really tall to pull it off and even if it does cover up flabby spots, the material is often clingy and unflattering that shows off you bumps when you sit down. Also, the dresses are often halters or spaghetti straps so your arms are still exposed in all their glory.

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