Mad About Maxi Dresses

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Anyone who has lived in Kansas for longer than a year has probably figured out that predicting what the weather is going to be like as the season transitions is nothing short of a miracle. The moment you think it’s safe to start packing up one season’s clothes and dragging out clothes for the next season, the weather throws you a curveball. Right now we’re in that “fun” middle ground between Winter and Spring where you can be wearing a sundress and sandals one day, and a sweater dress with boots the next. So what’s the solution for this awkward transition period? Two words: Maxi Dress.

Maxi dresses are one of my favorite clothing items because they are easy to style for multiple seasons. As a plus-sized, self-titled fashionista, I love to have variety in my wardrobe, and I am always on the hunt for affordable options. Buying brand new has become increasingly more expensive, so it’s encouraging to find that I can add pieces to my closet without breaking the bank.  Recently I was very excited to find not one, but TWO Torrid maxi dress options at Goodwill on 21st and Amidon, for under $15 total (with my 10% Preferred Customer Card Discount)!

The first maxi is great because it’s got a sort of Gothic lace vibe (with a nylon lining) that I think is perfect for transitioning from winter to spring. With a warm scarf, some gold jewelry accents, leggings and cute ankle boots, it can be worn in colder weather, and then can be worn in warmer weather with the same jewelry and some fun peep-toe sandals/booties. (Jewelry and shoes from existing wardrobe).

In contrast to the black dress, I love bold colors and prints, especially in warmer months. So this lightweight green maxi dress was definitely coming home with me. I also found a cute duster/long cardigan for about $4 (also from the 21st and Amidon Goodwill) that I thought would pair well with this dress until it got warm enough to wear on its own.

I used to think I wouldn’t be able to find cute plus size options in my size (I’m a size 2x or 18/20 for reference), but lately I’ve been able to find something great every time I’ve gone in (I’ve had the best luck at the 21st and Amidon and Andover stores)! So if you’re looking for something to transition your seasonal wardrobe, check out Goodwill, you may be surprised at what you find! Happy hunting!

Tamara Anderson

Tamara is a guest contributor with a love of great, thrifted fashion finds. Formerly a contributor to and, she has a passion for beautiful things, and loves to hunt for affordable lifestyle and decor items as well. If you’re into random content (fashion, food, art, cats, the list goes on), you can follow her on Instagram: @takingbacktamara.