maxin and relaxin

calivintage: maxin and relaxin

ok, you guys are gonna have to bear with me on this one. i may have gotten a little carried away taking photos for this latest post, but it’s only because it was so much fun standing up on the roof with my maxi skirt blowing around in the wind! especially because today was possibly the first time that i wore a maxi skirt in my entire life. or is this a midi? either way, i’m having a blast playing with longer lengths despite the “rules” for dressing a shorter (and curvier) frame. i say the rules were made to be broken. it’s more fun to experiment and play with your clothes than to feel boxed in, don’t you think?

p.s. after writing the title of this post, i now have the fresh prince theme song stuck in my head!

sunglasses: karen walker
top: j.crew selvedge chambray shirt
skirt: com-pleat though skirt from modcloth
shoes: kork ease bette wedges
lipstick: ysl rouge pur in le fuchsia

calivintage: maxin and relaxin
calivintage: maxin and relaxin
calivintage: maxin and relaxin
calivintage: maxin and relaxin
calivintage: maxin and relaxin
calivintage: maxin and relaxin


44 Responses to maxin and relaxin

  1. FutureLint March 17, 2011 at 10:18 am #

    I love the contrast of the sheer layers with the more rugged shirt. I am jealous of your sunglasses!

  2. Lindsay March 17, 2011 at 10:26 am #

    Dude, I love the maxi on you! I never would have considered a denim (chambray, before I’m corrected) shirt, and its really, really good!

  3. The Fancy Teacup March 17, 2011 at 10:30 am #

    It looks so pretty the way your pleated midi billows with the wind, I can see why you had so much fun taking pictures on the roof! And your Karen Walker shades are fantastic.

    much love.

  4. karen March 17, 2011 at 10:33 am #

    I am constantly amazed at how versatile the pleated maxi skirts are!! They even looks fantastic with chambray!!

  5. Laura March 17, 2011 at 10:40 am #

    This is gorgeous. I love the feel of a long skirt around your legs. Its so romantic and makes you feel very special for a day!

  6. Vanessa March 17, 2011 at 11:19 am #

    that is the perfect skirt to be frilly and silly with in the wind! i like how simple the styling is! you are always so chic!

  7. sarahwl March 17, 2011 at 11:59 am #

    I’m 5’1″… and I actually feel TALLER when I wear maxis! It’s like you’re creating this tall columnar shape that’s really flattering and makes you look taller than you really are. Forget the “rules”… they don’t apply to everyone!

  8. Laura March 17, 2011 at 12:02 pm #

    this looks gorgeous on you!! and i agree with you erin, gota break some rules :)

  9. emily March 17, 2011 at 12:04 pm #

    love that fourth from last photo. long skirts are the beesst!!!

  10. Amelia March 17, 2011 at 12:16 pm #

    ahhh obsessed with the 2nd and 4th photos, gorgeous gorgeous. love the casual chambray with the dressy pleat skirt.

  11. shauna March 17, 2011 at 12:35 pm #

    What a great skirt! I recently got one that is similar in sheerness and length and I have to agree that it is indeed quite fun on a windy day.

  12. Rachael March 17, 2011 at 1:23 pm #

    Maybe it’s a midi-maxi? ;-) Either way, it’s gorgeous! I too have embraced the maxi for the first time this year, and I love the feel of the skirt swooshing around my legs :-)

    I absolutely LOVE that second photo with the light shining through the skirt…. Beautiful!!!

    I’ve actually just featured a photograph of you (which links to your blog) in my latest post – have a look :-)

    • erin (calivintage) March 17, 2011 at 2:10 pm #

      thanks, rachael! i just saw the post and i’m honored! very cool!

  13. natalie March 17, 2011 at 1:25 pm #

    LOVE that skirt! :)

  14. Vicky March 17, 2011 at 1:36 pm #

    The photo of it billowing in the wind is gorgeous – I can see why you took so many pictures! I’m never sure when a midi becomes a maxi either – but whichever, it’s lovely.

  15. Gem Fatale March 17, 2011 at 1:38 pm #

    Totally adoring this look! Maxi’s suit you so much, you should definitely get more. I lost my maxi virginity last year. It’s such an alien feeling having material swishing about on your legs when you’re used to short hemlines! Addictive, though!

  16. Anna March 17, 2011 at 1:52 pm #

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  17. Victoria / Justice Pirate March 17, 2011 at 1:58 pm #

    It is quite sad how a lot of people have told me when I wear long skirts that they can’t do that since they are short and that it is nice to see me do it since I can being tall. I love that you said that rules are made for being broken. Good for you because you pulled it off and it will tell those shorter people to dry it anyway!!! You look great and it actually makes you look taller too!!

    • erin (calivintage) March 17, 2011 at 2:09 pm #

      thank you! i think it’s just so easy to be afraid of wearing certain clothes without ever even trying them! i definitely make it a point to do something outside of my comfort zone every once in a while, just so i know the possibilities are out there!

  18. Senta March 17, 2011 at 2:20 pm #

    I’m breaking this new Maxi skirt rules too because I’m so short. But I think short girls can also look great with a long skirt and a high waist

  19. Ash March 17, 2011 at 3:15 pm #

    Any mention of Fresh Prince and I have visions of Carlton dancing to Tom Jones…
    Oh here I found it!


  20. Laura Ranola March 17, 2011 at 3:18 pm #

    I’m in love with this outfit. So plain and so simple! I love the wedges aswell. Their to die for!

  21. Maycie March 17, 2011 at 3:22 pm #

    You look so cute.

    I have to agree. Rules are made to be broken. I’m only 5’1″ but that’s not gonna stop me from wearing anything “maxi”. Play with clothes. It’s fun. Life’s way too short (no pun intended).

  22. Dylana March 17, 2011 at 4:19 pm #

    The skirt is totally fabulous!


  23. christi March 17, 2011 at 4:36 pm #

    Oh fun! i’m wearing almost the exact same skirt today! wish i had the same sunglasses, too :)

  24. Ashley March 17, 2011 at 5:40 pm #

    The rules were DEFINITELY made to be broken! I’m not short per se, but I’m not tall – solidly average I guess. And I’m more curvy than not and a lot of my favorite pieces on me lately have been maxi or midi. So “feh!” to the rules! You look awesome – I’m loving the sheer pleated maxis lately. I really need to get me one!

  25. Jenny Morris March 17, 2011 at 5:49 pm #

    such a simple and perfect look. i love how you still manage to make the black skirt look light and summery.

  26. Lydia March 17, 2011 at 6:02 pm #

    I am sooo very afraid of maxi length, but I am dipping my toes by trying a few on recently. This post is going to fuel my hunt to find the perfect one! I love it!

  27. Sherrie March 17, 2011 at 7:20 pm #

    I love that pleated skirt! I’ve been looking everywhere for a good white pleated skirt of the same material

  28. Monique March 17, 2011 at 7:25 pm #

    …all cool. Great getup I adore that second shot.

  29. flower_chloe March 17, 2011 at 8:09 pm #

    Ha! I looove the phrase, “midi” instead of full-on maxi! :) Midi or maxi, either way, this looks is pure perfection! LOOVE the combo of structured button-up with a flowy skirt. And the photos are gorgeous!

    chloe **

  30. melissa March 18, 2011 at 12:45 am #

    I absolutely need a skirt like yours! <3

  31. katrina jones March 18, 2011 at 4:50 am #

    love love the skirt!! need th similar one when i go to india for seven weeks travelling! xx

  32. Wangari M March 18, 2011 at 9:05 am #

    I love hos this turned out, and I completely agree with you, clothing rules are there to be broken. Especially if the break turns out as well as this!

  33. Wangari M March 18, 2011 at 9:07 am #

    I love how this turned out, adn I completely agree with you – clothing rules are there to be broken Especially if the breaking turns out as well as this!

  34. zoe, lion heart vintage March 18, 2011 at 9:38 am #

    rules are just balderdash and tomfoolery i say! that maxi looks fantastic on you, and it’s always great to see a lady having fun with her clothing!

  35. jenloveskev March 18, 2011 at 12:00 pm #

    This is such a simple yet beautiful outfit. The pictures are beautiful as well- I love the one from below with the skirt blowing and the light coming thru. Always inspiring erin!

  36. Santina March 18, 2011 at 3:34 pm #

    I love the pairing of the fanciful skirt with a classic shirt (buttoned all the way up). Those sunglasses are lovely and such a perfect shape for your face and hair!

  37. mariebayarea March 19, 2011 at 9:31 am #

    that skirt is beautiful.

  38. Jane Louise March 19, 2011 at 10:32 pm #

    I absolutely agree about rules being made to be broken. Where’s the fun in following? I’m loving long skirts at the moment too, can’t get enough of them…

  39. Änglamark March 20, 2011 at 5:59 am #

    The picture of your legs, the skirt flying and the sun in the background is just amazing! New follower for sure:)
    Love Änglamark.

  40. AngieMontreal March 23, 2011 at 6:33 am #

    I’ve been wearing so many long skirts lately, but sadly only with boots, as we still have that cursed snow to deal with. I CANNOT WAIT to be able to wear them with shoes like you’re wearing here! Also loving the denim shirt with this look…

  41. Adelle (the Fashionista Lab) March 26, 2011 at 1:43 pm #

    The song lyric that came to mind when I saw this post was: “the answers my friend, are blowing in the wind…” :) I have one maxi (midi?) skirt, and a maxi dress, and I love them. Every year I want to buy more, but nothing i find is as awesome as what I already have.


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