How to shorten your maxi dresses for new ways to wear

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I love maxi dresses but I feel like mini dresses are more in this summer.

I considered chopping off some of my maxi length dresses to convert them into mini dresses but decided to pin up the hem first to see how it’ll look.

This led me to realise that I don’t even need to chop off my maxi dresses. Pinning them short worked perfectly well and allows me to revert back to maxi length if I wish.

Temporarily shorten shorten maxi dresses with safety pins

You’ll need quite a few safety pins and make sure they are heavy duty so that they don’t bend or come undone too easily.

I used 12 safety pins because the skirt of this maxi dress is very flared and has a lot of material.

I pinned to the loose edge of the elastic waistband so that the pins don’t show through on the front.

Khaki blossom maxi dress temporarily shortened
New romantics maxi dress in khaki blossom from Gingham and Heels. Pink leather sandals from Jo Mercer.

All these dresses are from my favourite Australian designer for flowy summer dresses, Jaase. The fabric is made of a light rayon and flows beautifully when the wind catches.

Caviar maxi dress temporarily shortened
New romantics maxi dress in caviar from Gingham and Heels. Nike Air Force 1 sage low sneakers.

Yes, the colours are as vibrant in real life as they look in the photos. I don’t normally wear white sneakers with dresses but when I do, I usually pair with a mini dress.

Multicolour maxi dress temporarily shortened
New romantics maxi dress in multicolour from Gingham and Heels. Nude leather pointed sandals from Diana Ferrari.

This is the first maxi dress I ever bought. I was so mesmerised by the print that I just had to.

When an outfit is very colourful, I like to pair with nude plain sandals for a barefoot kind of look, which creates an illusion of longer legs.

When you get bored of your mini dresses, you can always revert them back to maxi length.

Because I frequently wear maxi dresses when walking Winnie, he gets excited when I put one on and likes to chase the flowing skirt. Yep, he’s pretty cute.

I hope you’ve been inspired to try shortening your maxi dresses for this summer. It’s fun and exciting because you can now have all these new dresses without spending a dime.


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