Kainoa, Nostalgia, Stuff We Love

“Yong Jess”

Ah, sweet youth. No matter whether you grew up sporting a fedora, penny loafers, poodle skirts, bell-bottoms, leg-warmers, skinny jeans, Madonna-inspired net shirts and rosaries, goth garb, a spiky mohawk, or even a wave that would put the Bieber to shame, you made a fashion statement, unique to you. Describe your favorite fashions from days of yore or current trends you think are stylin’. 

I grew up as a girly girl and my mom would go to great lengths to stylishly coordinate my outfits from head to toe. Of all my clothes, my favorites were dresses that weren’t necessarily Hawaiian muʻumuʻu, but more casual floor length dresses that were popular at the time. Everytime I said I wanted to wear my “yong jess”, it’d be met with an exasperated sigh, but my mother would eventually cave.

Floor length dresses were far more appealing to me than shorter ones, probably because all that material hid my scrawny legs, yet also made me feel like a princess. I instantly feel more feminine with a floor-length dress.

It was no surprise that given my adoration for maxis, when they came back into style, I was the first to jump on the bandwagon, which included creating a Pinterest board to pin all the must-haves. I am very picky about maxis and not any long creation will do. Here are a few of my non-negotiables:

  1. A flat waistband for skirts.
  2. Full skirts that flare from the waist and obscure body shape beneath. The cut makes the difference between princess and mermaid.
  3. The bottom of the skirt needs to generously cover feet and drag on the ground (It’s just weird when the hem is right at or above the ankle).
  4. Rayon/poly blends with caution. The cut makes or breaks this material option. If it’s hugging my legs and accentuating my leg shape, I’m moving on.

I’ll continue to pray to the fashion gods to keep these maxis in stores just a bit longer to allow me to stock up on them before they go back into fashion hibernation.

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