I had to change my style last year when I got ill. I’ve not worn my jeans since because they feel so rough and uncomfortable. My skin is not sensitive but my nerves under my skin make me feel things differently, it’s so hard to explain. Anyway, it was out with the jeans and in with the dresses. I can wear leggings so long as they are soft cotton, so I can keep warm in the cooler weather. In the hotter weather I am faced with a dilemma. I cannot leave my legs exposed and it’s too hot to keep them covered.
My legs have a life of their own which is why I don’t like them on show. I have, what the Doctors call, a spastic gait, and it’s obvious. I can’t walk very far but when I do my legs are all over the place. When I stand I feel like I’m standing normally, but photographs have shown me different.
Then I was asked if I’d like to try a Maxi dress from JD Williams. Now, I’d heard of JD Williams, mostly because of their ad. Maybe I watch too much television but I’m often heard around the house singing ‘Awoo!’ However, I’d not actually visited their site before. I was happy to do so, it was full of amazing clothes and accessories perfect for online shopping. Not only that but it was so easy to narrow down your search to what you were looking for i.e. size, colour, length, brand etc.
Now Maxi dresses remind me of the 70s (yes, I’m old enough to remember!) My mum would make me wear one to every special occasion and then take it up afterwards to make an every day dress suitable for school (school uniforms in primary schools were not a thing back then.) I hated maxi dresses, being tall for my age they never really went past my ankles and I always looked daft.
These days people are taller, even taller than me and clothes are showing this. I can buy a pair of jeans that are long enough so maybe I could by a maxi dress that was long enough not to be classed as a mini dress?
Then I had a light bulb moment. A maxi dress would hide my legs. I would be able to look pretty normal standing and maybe even look okay walking!
I found a dress I liked, it was Joe Browns and I loved it on the web site. In real life it was even nicer, the material was soft and comfortable. Also with a length of 54 inches (137cm) I knew it would be the perfect length.
I’m no model, but I’m really happy with my new dress. (Not sure what my hubby was trying to achieve with the angle of the photo)
I love the pattern and the material is soft and stretchy, it’s figure hugging but not too much, it still has a flowing feel to hide those flaws.
While I was there I also chose a gorgeous Joe Brown’s tunic top. It’s a beautiful floaty fabric which is lined. I just love the pattern. As this is shorter than the normal dresses I wear (But only just seeing as it is described as a blouse rather than a dress,) I would have preferred to wear it with trousers rather than leggings. However, as I’m mostly in my wheelchair it think it’s perfect and I don’t have to worry about my wonky leg problem, so I can wear it with leggings until I can find the perfect trousers to go with it.
Disclosure: collaborative post