So, what's a tall girl to do when she finds, oh, let's say a maxi dress, that she really, really likes but isn't available in Tall. Well, what I do is buy that bad boy anyway, especially when it's a great price at Nordstrom Rack! And then I figure out how to work it, too short or not.
Don't Sweat It
The easiest way to rock a too-short maxi is to not worry about it being too short. Just throw on a big necklace and some flat sandals and no one will even notice your maxi isn't actually maxi length:
Do I look worried that my maxi is too short? No, I look thrilled that my necklace is made of fringe. And win. It's fringed win.
Make Time for Tea
If my first suggestion made you think "But, Gracey, I'll notice it's not proper maxi length and I couldn't possibly go out of doors in a maxi dress that's not proper maxi length" then this next tip is for you.
Instead of flat sandals, go high. Higher heels add more space between your hem and the ground, effectively making the dress appear to be tea length:
Tea? Don't mind if I do. I'll take it with some almond-coconut milk and honey if you please.
Make it a Midi
If you love the print on your too-short maxi but don't like either of the above suggestions, perhaps making the dress into a midi will work. What's that? You don't sew? Me neither. Which is why I came up with a no sew way to make it a midi. By knotting both sides of my maxi, I can take the length up to midi territory:
This trick works best on thin fabric (my dress is rayon) and is maybe not the best if you need to escape from zombies or anything. The tied sides definitely limit your ability to run.
Still prefer your maxi to be actual maxi length? That's cool; I respect that and I'd therefore recommend Long Tall Sally (I like this one and this one) and Alloy (I like this one); both carry truly long maxi dresses.
Get the Look
Exact heeled sandals
Exact flat sandals
Similar fringe necklace