The Post-Op Muumuu

Marimekko dress

If you’ve been following this blog for a while you probably know that I don’t like a) layering or b) sack dresses. And yet, here I am, wearing a muumuu over a long-sleeved t-shirt…

For the past couple of weeks (since I had an appendectomy), dressing up has been a bit challenging. Mainly because at the moment I can’t stand anything tight or clingy around my waist, and my abdomen is still a bit sore and swollen. So, I’ve been slobbing around in  gym pants and loose tops… Not very stylish, and I hope I can get back into proper clothes soon.

But about the muumuu…

No, I didn’t buy it especially for this purpose (because, well, you can’t plan for an appendectomy, and you definitely don’t feel like shopping after one).

The thing is, I’d been eyeing this Marimekko dress all summer, wondering whether I should get it or not. It’s loose and shapeless, so not exactly the best style for an hourglass figure.

But I really like the print and the colours.  And it’s really simple, cut like  a kaftan or a kimono, which is exactly what I’d like to wear on a very hot day. You know, when I can’t stand any fabric touching my skin.

I know from experience that I always regret not buying something when it’s no longer available. So, I finally decided to get the dress, and bought the last one I could find. Yes, I know, it’s autumn; not exactly the smartest purchase this time of the year. But I thought that there’s always next summer..

casual dress and trench

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And recently the muumuu has been the basis of my ‘dressed-up look’ (when I get tired of the more dressed-down gym pants and t-shirt combo). And because it’s autumn and it’s getting colder and rainier, I needed to wear a long-sleeved top underneath. Add the coat, and that’s about as much layering as I can stand.

However, I don’t think this will become a default look. It’s OK, but’s it’s not something I’d choose if had other options.

Still, I will no doubt wear the dress again. In summer, on a very hot day, with fabulous sandals and big sunglasses, maybe with statement earrings…


summer dress in autumn

Outfit details:

trench coat: Zara / dress: Marimekko / top: Mistral (old)

shoes: Clarks (old) / sunglasses: Marc Jacobs  (old) / bag: Furla (old)

Would you wear sack dresses?



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  1. Tine Jensen
    16 September 2017 / 2:01 pm

    Even if the shape is not optimal, the print is lovely, and perfect with your handbag. One could easily imagine you bought it after getting the dress! The flowers remind me of Japanese anemone which actually is in bloom now

    • Tiina L
      18 September 2017 / 2:36 pm

      Thank you Tine. I'm glad to see you back!I got this bag a couple of years ago and have been using it mostly as an everyday work bag. It's very practical, and it goes with almost everything I have in my wardrobe.

  2. Gigi Kiersten
    16 September 2017 / 11:25 pm

    I'm glad that you are recovering well from surgery. My mom recently went through surgery and it was a harrowing experience to say the least Honestly, I didn't think it looked like a mumu until you took off your jacket, but I really like the print and the colors. The most important thing is that you feel comfortable in it. Thank you for sharing!

    • Tiina L
      18 September 2017 / 2:42 pm

      Thanks, Gigi. I hope your mom is getting better soon. It seems that appendectomy is considered minor (laparoscopic) surgery these day, at least that's what the nurses told me: that it's quick and easy, and I'd be up and around in no time. I only spent one night in hospital, and since then the main problem has been all the things I'm not supposed to be doing (no gym, no tight clothing for a few weeks) because I have a hard time accepting any restrictions.

  3. Nancy's Fashion Style
    17 September 2017 / 8:31 am

    The colors are very nice, also is the print of course. And that trenchcoat is perfect with it, that cool color really looks very good on you!

    • Tiina L
      18 September 2017 / 2:44 pm

      Thanks, Nancy. It was the print and the colours that made me get the dress in the end. And the same with the trench: I wanted something in a bit longer length and in a 'neutral' colour.

  4. Patti
    17 September 2017 / 9:53 pm

    Wow, you look fab, Tiina! I do totally understand comfort dressing, and I love what you've chosen. Thanks for linking up, my fellow medical traveler! xo-Patti

    • Tiina L
      18 September 2017 / 2:47 pm

      Thanks, Patti. Well, to be honest, I had what they call 'minor surgery': just a few very small abdominal incisions. The whole thing was a lot easier than I expected, really. Still, I'm resenting the 4 week ban on going to the gym…

  5. Jill James
    18 September 2017 / 7:38 am

    Glad to hear you are recovering from your surgery Tiina. The print on the dress makes it and the colour really suits you. I understand the shape isnt your favourite but you might surprise yourself. I travelled with a dress this shape and found it so comfortable on the dreaded long haul flight from Australia to Europe.

    • Tiina L
      18 September 2017 / 2:48 pm

      Thanks, Jill. Yes, the shape is not the most flattering. But it might be just the right thing for a very hot day. Or for a long flight.

  6. Regine Karpel
    19 September 2017 / 5:33 am

    Have a blessed day.

    • Tiina L
      19 September 2017 / 12:55 pm

      Thank you, Regine.

  7. Nicole Mölders
    22 September 2017 / 3:46 am

    Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style. The print of the dress is so interesting. Its colors are perfect on you!

    • Tiina L
      24 September 2017 / 3:34 pm

      Thanks, Nicole!

  8. Jessica Jannenga
    23 September 2017 / 6:19 pm

    Oh1 i hope you are feeling better after your surgery. love the colors on you, they flatter you skin tone very nicely!thanks for linking!jess

    • Tiina L
      24 September 2017 / 3:36 pm

      I'm much better, thanks. Appendectomy is a minor surgery these days, with very little down time.

  9. vanity andme
    24 September 2017 / 7:26 pm

    Yes. I would wear this. But I would have to define my waist a bit! And I'm sure you will do a great job of switching the dress up when you're feeling better. Hope you are feeling better by the way?

    • Tiina L
      25 September 2017 / 4:55 pm

      I'm feeling better, healing fast, just had to reschedule my entire autumn semester (I know I should focus on health, but it's still annoying…).And yes, defining the waist, that would be my default solution, too. But at the moment I'm still a bit sensitive to anything tight around my midsection.

  10. Emma Peach
    26 September 2017 / 2:41 pm

    I really like the dress, and it looks great worn over the long sleeved top. I often buy things off season because that's where I find the best bargains – I just have to remember where I've stored them when the right time comes to wear them! Glad to hear you are feeling better. Thanks for linking up!Emma

    • Tiina L
      28 September 2017 / 3:42 pm

      Thanks, Emma.I agree, end of season bargains are the best. Also because then you always have something to look forward to (= there's always another summer just a few months away…)

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