For the past three or four years, maxi dresses have populated the pages in spring and summer fashion magazines and websites, and along with midis, they’ve virtually beaten out anything short for this season’s warmer months. But I’m still not sold, at least not completely.
For one, I’m relatively petite. A maxi dress has to fit perfectly: close to the body without being too tight in all the wrong places, and not so long as to drag on the ground and look sloppy. And since I’m so particular about fit, that means shopping online for maxis is out of the question, at least until I’ve found a brand I really like and trust.
Secondly, I’m a mini fan. The shorter the better, at least within reason, when it comes to shorts, skirts and dresses. Minis make me look taller and leaner, and it’s my go-to silhouette.
But I just found the perfect compromise: Helmut Lang’s asymmetrical skirt — a sexy but dress-up or dress-down piece that’s sold in black, taupe or white, depending on the retailer. I’m a little late to the game — most smalls are sold out or on back-order, but the long length is liberated with the dramatic slit up the side. Worn with wedges or booties and a cotton tee or tank, the dramatic skirt is casually reinvented.