Long Elegant Legs Maxi Dress and Blouson Tunic

A typical weekday for me goes a little something like this – Alarm goes off at 5:30 a.m. I lay there in utter denial that I have to get up until 5:36 when my second alarm goes off.  By the time my alarm goes off for the THIRD time around 5:40 (because I always accidentally snooze my first alarm), I drag myself out of bed and stagger to the Keurig, get dressed half asleep, quickly slap some makeup on my face, dash out the door at 6:15, drive 68 miles to work, do my paralegaly work for 8 or 9 hours, drive 68 miles back home, eat whatever my husband has cooked up for dinner, guzzle some wine and pass out around 10.

Needless to say, when it comes to the weekend, all I want to do is lounge, toodle around in flip flops, not wear  much makeup and dress as comfortably as humanly possible (without looking dumpy of course). Enter my recent purchases from Long Elegant Legs – the blouson tunic in “cafe” and the maxi dress in royal blue (both in size small).

A couple of things I like about this tunic are the flutter sleeves (paired with “side panels”, for lack of a better description, so you don’t flash your bra or side flesh to anyone when you raise your arms) and the tie waist which adds some shape. I usually pair it with my fun Isabella Fiore bag  (better pics below) to add a little springyness and pizzazz to the outfit.

Maxi dresses are right up there with tunics and leggings as one of my all time favorite looks, and I’ve had my eye on this Long Elegant Legs maxi dress for well over a year now. By the time I got around to thinking I’d buy it last year, it was already fall and no longer available on the website.  Yes, yes – I know I’m all out of wack with my seasons – writing reviews of boots in the spring, trying to buy maxis in the fall – but you must understand that I lived in the land of NoSeasons (California) for my first 28 years so I’m still getting used to this whole season business.

I couldn’t believe how long the maxi was. I started to get concerned that maybe I was starting to shrink in my old age  (since I just turned 30) , so I promptly measured myself and I’m still 6’2.  Phew! The LEL website lists the length as 58″ and the dress more than hits the floor on me if I’m wearing flats, so I was curious where the measurement was taken from. I emailed LEL to ask and they said that the 58” measurement is from the high point of the shoulder. I can’t believe I’m saying this (and hope that y’all don’t insist that I turn in my tall card), but I think I’m going to have to take the dress to a tailor and have a bit taken off the bottom so that I can wear it with flat sandals. Overall, it’s a great dress. I love the color and I like that it’s not super skimpy on the top like some of the halter or strapless styles.

I know I know – I need to decorate my mantle more. I’m working on it.

I’m still a little flummoxed by the whole measurement thing since I just bought another long dress at the mall this week. It hits a few inches above my ankles (which I’m fine with because that’s the look I was going for) and when I came home to look at it online, it also lists 58″. I’m determined to get to the bottom of this mystery. Stay tuned.

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  • Reply auntp April 29, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    The blue maxi dress looks beautiful on you, and am I too old for leggings and tunics??? Just asking.

  • Reply Tall Fashion Adventures April 30, 2012 at 2:29 am

    Thanks! No ma'am. One is never too old for leggings and tunics. I hope to wear them for the next 50 years at least. =)

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