Fashion

The Maxi Maxim: One Dress to Rule Them All

July 27, 2018

We like a well-balanced closet as much as the next guy or gal, but we also appreciate it when one piece stays in heavy rotation. It’s both that more bang-for-our-buck satisfaction AND a really comforting safety net on those days when we’re really not into getting dressed. You know when the reject pile gets bigger on the floor & everything you put on feels, well, blah.

That’s why we love a good wardrobe unicorn & for our closets that’s the maxi dress. We took one Betsey Johnson striped beauty & remixed it for 3 scenarios, but if we’re being real (& we always are) the maxi works everywhere. Here’s where & how we’re wearing it.


 

THE SUMMER WEDDING

Repeat after us: every wedding you attend does not demand a brand new getup. The ruffles, tie & thin straps on this maxi give it a dressed-up vibe, while the stripes keep it looking fresh & stop you from blending into the wedding crowd. Plus, we love that there’s legroom to break out some serious dance moves.

We’re pairing it with: a Betsey Johnson Straw Clutch, brightly hued Madden Girl Bella Block Heel Sandals & INC Bead, Disc & Stone Drop Earrings.

Get the look here.

ADD A COUPLE MORE +1S TO OWN THAT WEDDING:

 

Our mantra for weddings: heels are fun, but backup sandals are more fun on the dance floor.

We’d also never head to nuptials without a wrap on hand for the night. 

And face it: if there’s ever a time for a touch-up, it’s before, during & after the “I dos.”


 

THE OVERLY AC-ED OFFICE

One of the biggest struggles of summer is that office AC just won’t quit. You’re hot, hot, hot until you walk in the door of your 9-5 & get blasted with ice-cold air—it’s a serious conundrum…until the maxi. That’s the beauty of this cool chameleon, she layers like a pro.

We’re pairing it with: an INC Elliah Tote, Madden Girl Bella Block Heel Sandals & Giani Bernini Stacking Bracelets

Get the look here.

THE WORKDAY WARRIORS THAT ARE DOWN TO CHILL:

The best thing about maxis is you can layer under & over—AKA the perfect all-weather workhorse. A simple tee underneath or a richly textured cowl-neck over give the maxi a totally fresh feel.

Take the look down a notch to casual post-work hours by swapping in these blush slides.


 

THE ALL-DAY & ALL-NIGHT CONCERT

When the sun goes down June-September, the temperature is anybody’s game. We’ve learned that lesson too many times the hard way, so we turn to the maxi. The long length is airy in the day but perfect in the breezy evenings. A light jacket & a belt bag keep the look effortlessly cute & uber practical.

We’re pairing it with: Steve Madden Jimmie Flatform Sandals & INC Denim Jacket & Tassel Belt Bag

Get the look here.

A FEW FAVES FOR THE FESTIVAL:

That nonstop concert life needs a touch of the boho & we firmly believe a bandana scarf is the best stand-in for the necklace.

SPF best be on & ditto to the sunhat. For the sake of our eyes & our style, the floppier, the better.

The worst accessory is squinting to see the show—so accessorize those eyes with dramatic sunnies.


 

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