Chico’s Cold Shoulder Maxi Dress – My Crush
. . . Another One I Didn’t Wear
I’ve had a crush on this blue cold-shoulder maxi dress from Chico’s ever since my friend Leane modeled it for me as she was planning her mother of the groom outfits a year or two ago. I mean, I really loved it. I thought I might buy one for myself, but I couldn’t think of an occasion for which I’d wear it, so I distracted myself with other things. Fast forward a year (or is it two?), and I hoped that Maui might be the perfect place to finally get to wear this amazing dress. Leane generously loaned it to me. But . . . you know the ending. I never found the right time and circumstance.
However, I was determined to document my crush dress. I even finally decided that it was something worth adding to my wardrobe and searched the web; what’s still out there has been relegated to eBay and Poshmark. Alas, it’s been too long, and I wasn’t able to find it in my size.
I’m not really sure what it is about this particular dress. Maybe it’s the incredible shade of blue. Or it could be the slimming columnar silhouette. It’s definitely the floaty, swishy way it moves, which you can’t see from the photos. (You’ll just have to take my word for it.)
Since we can’t have the dress, what we can do is take away some style ideas from the look.
Elbow Sleeve – style and length
I really like the elbow sleeve. It’s shorter than a 3/4 sleeve and hits just above the elbow bend. But you have to be careful with this sleeve length. The sleeve needs to be fitted for a youthful silhouette. The sleeves on this dress are less fitted than I’d like, but because of the straight cut, they still have a fresh look. By they way, this sleeve style is a great way to camouflage the upper arm too!
Column of color
A column of color lengthens and creates a slimming silhouette. This long blue dress is the perfect illustration of this style trick: there are no horizontal lines breaking the line of the dress. Every horizontal line (e.g., necklines, hemlines, horizontal patterns, even necklaces) breaks the line that can elongate your body. You can create a column of color in a pants outfit or skirt and top by wearing the same color on the top and bottom, creating a monochromatic color scheme. But truly, there is nothing that compares to the l – o – n – g line of a single color maxi dress.
Nude shoes or sandals support your elongated look because they essentially make your feet invisible. I styled this dress for photos with a pair of black sandals and a pair of nude sandals (nude = as close to your skin color as possible). In these photos, you can barely see the black sandals in the photo with the long necklace, but it’s obvious that the dark color draws the eye. The nude pair of sandals does not distract from the overall outfit and the length of the look is what makes the statement. And, yes, nude shoes or sandals are neutral, even with black.
Two Necklace Styles
These two necklaces are complete opposites, giving you the opportunity to weigh which you like best. I first chose the long silver and pearl necklace because it mimics the long lines of the dress. I like the interest is creates with the white pearls against the blue dress. I changed to the shorter, chunky silver necklace because, to be honest, the breeze was playing havoc with my photography and the lightweight, long necklace kept settling around one side of my chest. Not a great look! I think I like the short necklace with this dress. It draws the eye upward to the face and leave an unbroken line for the dress. What is your favorite?
Shop Elbow Sleeves
The elbow sleeve length is not that easy to find. At least not sleeves that have a fitted silhouette. Here are a few options and a couple of dresses that feature the elbow sleeve style.