Dear Whys Guy: "What Do Guys Really Think About Maxi Dresses and Rompers?"

By Aaron Traister, REDBOOK


What's your take on the maxi dress trend sweeping the country? Hot or not?

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I had no idea what these things were, so I asked Karel. According to Karel, a maxi dress is the type of long patterned dress that she wears (and she is quick to point out that she's been wearing them for several years-I can back up that claim). I've been calling them Mrs. Roper dresses. Actually, I love Karel's Mrs. Roper dresses-they're casual and form fitting, and, along with gas prices, crumbling infrastructure and high unemployment, they make me feel like I'm back in the '70s, which I firmly believe is the decade I was supposed to live in.

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So my take on "maxi dresses" is a positive one (fine: hot). Karel can slip one on and sashay around the house while I wear my throwback Eagles t-shirt, questionably tight Levis and drink Yuengling from a can while we listen to Grand Funk Railroad on vinyl and worry about the looming energy crisis, blissfully pretending we live in a world free of the Real Housewives of Anything, a 24-hour news cycle and Facebook.

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What about rompers (little shorts jumpsuits that grown women are wearing this summer)?

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Yeah, I've seen a lot of these things this summer. I feel like this is the type of look that you're going to see in a photo about two years from now and say, "What the hell was I thinking?"

One in 50 women can pull these bizarre contraptions off, so the odds are not in your favor when you make this purchase.

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I know, I know, these things are supposed to be a wistful and slightly ironic nod to '70s fashion (like the Mrs. Roper dresses), but unlike the Mrs. Roper dress, they don't transport me back to the magical time before emoticons (speaking of which, can we all at least agree to not use the frowny-face emoticon when it comes to the passing of a loved one? I feel like that's a good starting point we can all get behind). Instead, rompers remind me of my grandfather's potato farm in Maine and the burlap sacks he used to transport his potatoes in.

Also, I don't know how to put this delicately, but I've noticed these things lend themselves to a whole wide world of camel toe. Just because it's in fashion doesn't mean you should wear it.


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