I’ve written about maxi dresses before. They’re the perfect summer dress, minus the whole usually-unflattering thing.  I love them in spite of myself.

So when I saw this one at JCPenney during my recent shopping spree for a mere $17 (including belt!), I just couldn’t say no.  I bought it without trying it on (something I rarely do), but I fully intended to return it if it didn’t work.  Fortunately, it did.

Now, I will say this is not the MOST flattering dress ever on  me.  I had to be assured by at least two people that I didn’t look pregnant in it.  I would also rather the belt sit just a smidge lower on my hips.  But, it’s such a pretty combination of blues and greens and I feel a little Greek goddess in it.  Also, the back ties (I don’t know why I forgot to take a picture of that), and you know I’m a suck for anything with a bow.

The one drawback to this dress is it’s a little too long for mini 5’3″ me.  I could get it tailored, but that takes away the fun of buying a $17 dress.  It also is a fabric that snags easily, which means that the shoes I chose to wore – complete with prongs holding the rhinestones in place – did not work.  So, I had to buy a new pair of shoes.  Total bummer, right?

I want a gold cuff to wear with this dress – I think it’ll really add to the goddess effect.  But, until I find one I really like, the bangles will do.

Summer is drawing to a close (tear!) and so maxis will soon be retired.  Have you gotten enough wear out of yours yet?

Dress/belt: JCPenney
Sandals: JCPenney
Unpictured sandals I bought to replace these: Target