Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The Emily Influence

The Emily Influence

The Emily Influence

The Emily Influence
works cited: h&m dress, thrifted belt; target cardigan; volcom sandals; necklace c/o little o by wolfbrother

I have long been skeptical of maxi dresses, and have eschewed the trend until a few weeks ago when I visited Chicago. Under the influence of Emily (sartoriography) and--ahem--a lunchtime glass of wine, I was persuaded to buy this dress at H&M. She reminded me that a different Emily (the other emily) owns and rocks the same dress (see here, here, here). How many Emilys need to tell you a $15 dress looks good before you take the plunge? (For me, evidently, two). And while I really like the look of this dress, I can't say I'm completely converted yet, if only because I feel like I can't walk in it yet. It feels like a constraining mermaid tail at times and I spent most of the day hiking it up so I could walk and bicycle better. But maybe there is a third Emily out there willing to teach me how to walk in a long dress, and I'll finally be sold?

45 comments:

Monique said...

Embrace the Maxi!! haha They are so comfortable!! xxxx

So Yeah So said...

I am reluctant as well, but that's because I'm 5'4". Embrace it! You look great!

Monique said...

LOL, while I love maxi dresses, I can attest that they aren't the best for bicyling, or hot summer days - don't be fooled because it's no-sleeves!

ignia said...

Hi, I love your blog, biking and maxi dresses! But I am not Emily so I wouldn't try to convince you. :) And you look great in this dress, really.
My sister bought me an H&M maxi dress too, this one: http://www.hm.com/gb/product/82949?article=82949-D It is wide enough at the hemline to walk comfortable, but I haven't tried to bike in it (yet).

By the way, you look great in this dress, really. Ow. I did already say this. So what? :)

Gabby / Gypsy*Diaries said...

I've just discovered maxi dresses this season and I'm totally in LOVE! Never would have thought... and you look amazing in them as well! :D
xxx

http://gypsy-diaries.blogspot.com/

Liz said...

Shopping after a glass of wine always gets me in trouble but I think this worked out for you perfectly!

Emily's Going Nuts said...

Cute dress!! This Emily approves. :)

You have to take smaller steps in a maxi dress... I tend to have a long stride, but I make up for the distance I like to cover by taking smaller, faster steps in a maxi. I have been known to hike it up to get up and down stairs. I haven't tried to bike in a maxi... I don't take my bike into the city, and I'm pretty sure my neighbors would think I'm a freak for biking in a dress, let alone a long one. :)

L. of Hey Nancy said...

I think it looks gorgeous on you Tania! I love how you paired it with yellow. You have inspired me to try a maxi dress...so far I have only been brave enough to try out the midi trend.

Emily said...

Here's a thumbs-up from a third Emily. And personally, I'm a fan of hiking the dress up to walk - it makes me feel like I'm wearing an old-fashioned princess dress (because at heart I'm six years old).

www.academiasartorial.blogspot.com

Loren said...

I'm a recent maxi convert too. I poo-pooed them until I found a jersey one at Target for 10$. So I tried it. Everyone kept saying 'it's like wearing pajamas' and they were right, I was the MOST comfortable all day long.

Emily said...

Here's another nod of approval from yet another Emily! I actually gasped aloud as the page loaded because you look so adorable. The picture made me think of the book "Sarah, Plain and Tall" for some reason, though that's not really a turn-of-the-century look and you are hardly plain. Oh, and I'm 5'1" and clumsy, so I have no advice for you about maxi dress locomotion.

Meghan said...

not an Emily, but I still think you look awesome in this outfit!

Julie said...

I love maxi dresses! I tend to get a little swish in my step whenever I wear one. You look great!

turn that frown upside down said...

I've been considering the maxi dress too. Haven't taken the leap yet. So, I have no advice for you. But, you definitely pull that dress off :)

Jess
turn that frown upside down

Ana* said...

I am wasn't a maxi dress lover either for the same reasons you listed, but I wore one on Saturday and fell in love with how comfortable it was.

Varnish Vixen said...

I've been holding out against Maxi dresses, but this looks lovely and so comfortable. I guess I'll have to go hunting for one before the summer ends!

ThePinkMargarita said...

love your maxi dress! you look pretty :) love your hair too.

have a great day :)

much love,
thepinkmargarita.blogspot.com

Rachel said...

I love the dress on you, almost as much as I loved you for writing "eschewed."

Rachel @ Maybe Matilda

Lenore @ Lather. Write. Repeat. said...

It looks great! I love love the maxi/cardi combo!

XO
Lenore

Frannie Pantz said...

I'm not an Emily, but I can tell you, as a fan of Emily's, you look great in this dress. But I know how you feel re the mermaid effect. ;-)

Kiki's Corner said...

It took me forever to like maxi dresses too. I think it just takes a minute and then you get hooked.

Either way you look very pretty in it

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Heather said...

Adorable outfit! Very summery! And I love your hair!

Sal said...

And that is why I prefer full-skirted maxis. Nothing like a tube of fabric down to your ankles to make walking challenging.

Looks lovely, though!

daer0n said...

I love maxi dresses, I think I always have.
You look gorgeous in this dress, and the cardigan is so cute. I want a pair of cardigans myself, I don't think I own a single one yet!

Miranda said...

Two Emilys and one Miranda think you look amazing :) I really love that dress! It looks great on you.

Rebecca said...

I love that dress. I should listen to the Emilys (or is it Emilies?)and get my own.

Looks and Books said...

I took some convincing to buy one myself, and it also involved an entire day of wine drinking and some friendly encouragement. But I have thrown it on for a Sunday picnic, a flight from San Francisco to NYC, and trips to the farmer's market, and now I'm a true believer. Just know that you look great, and you'll be truly converted in no time.

sartoriography (the first EMILY in question) said...

Hee hee...the Emily influence. I loves it! I can't tell you how happy I am that

a: you rocked out this dress so beautifully, even if it does give you a simpering mermaid walk and
b: that you, Emily, and I are in the same place at the same time, even if it is only on the blogosphere.

As you've said, evil plan "let's all hang out" must begin immediately. We can all wear these dresses (since I have the pink one), walk slowly and daintily like we all know women should, and talk about nerd things that we all know women should not. DREAM meet-up! :)

Alyssa said...

Tania,
So, this morning I was perusing Pinterest on my phone while riding BART to school. I see a picture of a cute girl in a maxi dress and a yellow sweater and think it looks fun, so I click. When the image get's bigger on my small iphone screen, i think to myself "wow, she looks familiar!" I click through and find myself here, on your wonderful blog.
Anyway, the moral of the story is, I haven't seen you (or your sister) in a long time, but what a random way to find a fellow CJH alum on the internet!
I hope things are going well for your, I love your blog, and I look forward to following!
:)
-Alyssa Griffith

Salazar said...

I'm skeptical of the maxi as well. I think you look absolutely lovely here... so maybe YOU can convert me!

14 Shades Of Grey

Neeli said...

I love it! Your style(s) are totally practical and pulled together, something I fail with miserably. Looking forward to the inspirational posts. Your scarf tutorial had me laughing so hard. I live in Belgium and it's practically an art to wear your scarf correctly.

Vivi said...

Well you look really pretty and tall in it. I've been resitant to them because i'm 5'4 and I think you have to be tall to work them well... and they don't make them for my shortness.

Izabela said...

I like this look on you, kudos for trying out the maxi trend. I am so so so hesitant to try!

Anna Katie said...

I'm glad to see you styling the Maxi, I just bought one and am excited to wear it if it ever gets warm here in Colorado. I had hesitated for a long time because I am only 5'2" but I finally decided that I won't let my shortness stop me from being comfy! If you figure out how to ride your bike in it, let me know!

Emily Maren said...

I'm still not sure about maxi dresses myself, I'm going to try it sometime though. I think this looks nice on you, it's a nice print, is it comfy? That's why I'm thinking I'll try a maxi cuz people say there comfy.

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Elaine said...

Hahaha! Maybe you need pleated maxis???

Between Laundry Days said...

Them's some smart ladies! :)

Glad they convinced you to take the maxi plunge. It looks marv on you!

apurpledress said...

That dress is spectacular! The print looks lovely. If there was H&M near me I might just go and buy it.

Elle Enchanted said...

Definitely try it with some wedges, that might make it a bit easier to walk in- you look stunning in it though! it definitely works for you.

Pineapple said...

You do certainly look great in this one! But I think that if I ever went for one (I feel like I'm too short to wear such a piece!) it would have to be more full in the skirt, not quite so cylindrical. Maybe this is what your dress lacks? Looks great the way it is, though!

aaez said...

the drees, the hair, the bridge; perfection! don't give up on the maxi it looks adorable on you! just maybe wear it to events where you don't have to walk much? :)

caitlin said...

I've been very skeptical about maxi dresses myself, but this one seems doable and if it's only $15...Also, what a pretty bridge :)

Kelly said...

Yep, maxi dress + being vertically challenged often does not mix. I am constantly hiking up my maxi dress, but love them because it makes me feel ultra girly.

the other emily said...

Hee! I'm so glad Emily and I were able to form a long-distance phalanx of sartorial peer pressure, because this looks absolutely lovely on you! Although it's definitely true that the more columnar cut of the skirt can prove challenging to walking - I haven't really found a way around just grabbing a handful of hemline and bunch it up to knee-length if I'm walking more than a few feet. :)

Meghan said...

Also, I maybe just maybe saw your sandals and then got my own. Sometimes I get ideas in my head of the perfect sandal I'd like to own, and then everything I see is never quite right, but these are spectacular!

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