• I love these long maxi dresses. They are fashionable, a little trendy, a little dramatic – and yet they are so comfortable and easy to wear. Maxi dresses are a nice change from pants. They also conceal any concerns about the condition of your legs!

    A wide selection of fabric designs and colors are available so you can easily find flattering styles (some styles are more bare than others). If you’d like to wear a bra, check to see how a style will work in terms of coverage. Keep it casual with strappy sandals or go barefoot with painted toenails. Bold or ethnic jewelry is often a good accent but, no accessorizing is necessary.

    The fit is casual and plus sizes are often available in maxis. Wear these styles anytime you want to look chic and still feel comfortable.

    maxi1Eliza J
    maxi2Vince Camuto
    maxi3Paige Denim
    maxi13Eliza J
    Wear this as a hostess or guest for a summer party. The fabrics are jersey and crepe de chine. The sash is removable. Stripes are very fashionable now and this clever use of black and white stripe is fresh, fun and designed to flatter. The soft denim is easy and comfortable to slip on after a swim, or walking around the house. Add chunky beads to dress it up if you like. Beautiful shades of blue make this flattering halter top maxi a perfect pick for summer. Add some pretty sandals, and you’re all set.
    maxi5Vince Camuto
    maxi8Michael Kors
    This abstract print is in slinky jersey. It slips  over the head but covers the back. Also available in black and white print. The faux-wrap bodice has three-quarter sleeves for a slightly more polished look. Also available in solid black. The soft gathering at the waist gives this dress a casual feel. The back is covered and the bodice is lined. Also available in black or a soft red. This easy scoop neck dress slips over the head and skims the body loosely. In a fashionable jaguar animal print.
    maxi9Soft Joie
    maxi10Michael Kors
    maxi11Karen Kane
    maxi12Calvin Klein
    The pullover style, side slits and soft rayon/spandex fabric make this dress especially comfortable. A tie belt adds a nice accent. This style is ideal for someone with some disabilities. The floaty voile fabric is lined in top and skirt, sheer in sleeves. Easy to put on – front button closure and elastic waist. This fashionable crinkled tribal print skirt is accented by the solid black top. The dress pulls on over the head. Navy and white stripes have been pieced in a clever pattern using a medium weight fabric. The back is scooped.
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    Article by: Dianne Morris

    As a designer and entrepreneur, products for women have been my focus. Dianne Sullivan Designs created fun jewelry for boutiques and department stores. Miraflores Designs designed and supplied custom branded soap, shampoo and other toiletries for hotel chains. With Bay Linens, Inc, we created decorative bedding sold through Bloomingdales, Bed, Bath & Beyond and other retailers. Our home decor products, with the brand, China Seas, is sold at Isetan Department stores in Japan. At this stage of life I'm connecting with other women over 50 who want to examine their interests and to connect with each other. At ZestNow.com I want to gather useful information and inspiration for this new phase of life.

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    1. Dianne Morris says:

      Wow – I hear you. We’re on the hunt for sleeves! I do wear a little light cardigan with my sleeveless dresses but that’s not always a good solution.

    2. Theresa says:

      These dresses aren’t appropriate for women 50 + most women don’t want to expose the upper arm except for 2 they are all like tank tops at the top of the dress. The fashions on Zest aren’t selected with the 50+ women just like the party dresses…

    3. Joy says:

      I thought the same thing about sleeves. Only 2 were featured and both appear to be more cold weather dresses and the blue one is just dated. I also thought the grouping to be more geared to the 30-40 year olds. And lastly, there is the issue of height. Maxi dresses are not always flattering on the short woman unless she is really slim and petite. I am finding, and not just here, but sites who try to appeal to those over 50 or 60 in regards to fashion fall very short of the mark.

    4. Joy says:

      I thought the same thing about sleeves. The two shown with sleeves look more like a cold weather dresses and the blue one with sleeves is just dated. Cute dresses if one can go sleeveless but I feel like this grouping is more for the 30-40 year olds than over 50. And then there is the height issue. These dresses seem to me to be more geared towards a woman with some height to her.

    5. Jan says:

      Always fun to wear maxi dresses and these are adorable! Just wish they included more with sleeves – 3/4 or push up. I mentioned this to a saleslady (which means she was over 50) recently while shopping for spring/summer dresses. She said that she and her cohorts are always telling the buyers to try to find sleeved dresses. We women of a certain age do not want our bat wings flapping around! Shrugs are nice – but a nice 3/4 sleeve would be SO much nicer! ….just wishin’…..

      1. Rebecca R says:

        I totally agree with this statement about wanting a little sleeve in a maxi dress. Who wants to feel required to wear a shrug or sweater to cover the arms when its 90 degrees out… Hope someone listens and I start seeing something with a elbow length sleeve….

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