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I think every woman can relate to a look they love but don't think they can pull off. For me, it's maxi dresses. I love the flowy fabric and the idea of not having to shave my legs, but maxi dresses are lengthy, and I don't have legs for days. At 5 feet, 4 inches, I have legs for hours.
Still, now that I'm likely to attend more social gatherings this summer, I'm willing to try a few fashion finds I normally wouldn't if it means giving my wardrobe a must-needed upgrade. In this case, it's a $28 maxi dress with more than 18,000 five-star Amazon ratings.
It comes in 44 different colors and has deep pockets
This stylish racerback maxi is from Grecerelle, the same brand behind Amazon's bestselling short-sleeve maxi split dress. It comes in 44 different colors and prints, including styles where the top half of the dress is solid, and the skirt is patterned.
I decided to go with the army green shade in extra-small. I'd normally get a small, but since this dress is made of a mix of rayon and spandex, it will stretch out like your old favorite T-shirt. It's also super soft, almost like it's been pre-washed dozens of times.
My favorite feature is the pockets. I know it seems like every dress comes with pockets these days, but these are actually deep enough to fit my iPhone XS and my wallet.
It's the perfect length and pairs well with others (shoes)
The color was exactly what it looked like online. My real concern was how this dress would fit. I was afraid it would be so long it would be a serious tripping hazard (for myself and for passersby).
Fortunately, I was wrong. Even if I wear it with my favorite sandals, I'm not recruiting a friend to carry my train. Granted, it does drape better — and gives me more peace of mind in terms of falling down my stairs — when worn with a 1-inch or higher heel.
I normally wear it with my $29 go-to pair of pumps. Or, if I want to attract a little more attention, I'll pair it with my studded Ariat Dixon Western Boots. I haven't tried on a ton of maxi dresses, but this one definitely has the right length for an average-height person like me.
I'm not alone in my favorable opinion, as Amazon customers have also left plenty of rave reviews. According to Amazon, this dress has a 4.4-star average feature rating for "flattering" and a 4.7-star average feature rating for "stretch."
The negatives aren't so negative
The one thing to watch out for is how easily this dress wrinkles. I'm used to tossing this in a tote bag for traveling on occasions, but I make sure I'm prepared with my favorite handheld steamer to smooth out the skirt. The top is quite fitted — 79% of reviewers say the top "fits just right" — so I can't imagine it getting too many wrinkles in that area.
Another common complaint is the sheerness of the top, but I haven't noticed that. However, the dress comes in a racerback style, so I always need to remember to wear the right bra if I don't want the straps to show.
This dress is so affordable that I'm going to buy it in black, too. Now that I know I can feel comfortable and look great in a maxi dress, I'm in the market for a new LBD. And who says LBD can't mean long black dress?
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This article was originally published on June 25, 2020.