Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Wardrobe Wednesday | Maxi Dresses

Thank you for sticking with me as I finish up the final three weeks of bikini contest prep.  So many of you have let me know that my posts inspire and encourage you and that actually gives me motivation to continue.  It's been super challenging sticking with it this long (9 weeks so far), but I'm also excited about my progress and thankful the end is near.  I don't know if I'll compete again after this, but I know I won't do a contest in July again.  It makes for a bummer of a June in terms of summer vacations and eating out and enjoying simple pleasures like cold ice cream on hot days and evening s'mores. 

I'm trying to just focus on the next three weeks, instead of always looking forward to the next thing.  I can't help it though.  I'm ready to get back to more decorating, organizing and home projects.  I've kept a running list of some things I'd like to do in the coming months.  The other day, I added some summer decor to the entryway and our sitting room and it was nice to spend some time on those pretty things inside our home.  I'll show you tomorrow! 

For today's Wardrobe Wednesday, I got gussied up in one of my summer staples - a maxi dress.  I've always been a fan of dresses because it just makes getting ready so easy.  All you have to do is add shoes and accessories!  Maxi dresses are a definite go-to that make me feel more dressed up than my typical cotton or jean shorts, but being only 5 feet tall, I usually have to order petite or wear with tall wedges.  

I'm really smitten with this Loveappella maxi dress.  The neckline is super flattering and since it comes in regular and petite, I didn't have to hem it.  (I'm wearing XSP- I'm 5'0.) I will have to be careful not to shrink it though.  This length fits perfect with flat sandals

Summer Fashion | Loveappella maxi dress
I'm wearing XSP- I'm 5'0. It could be my wishful thinking, but I think it makes me look taller! I'll take all the help I can get! ;)  

Summer Fashion | Loveappella maxi dress

This style and back is perfect because you can wear a bra with it and the straps won't show.  I'm wearing a racerback bra with it. 

Summer Fashion | Loveappella maxi dress

Summer Fashion | Loveappella maxi dress

This pattern was my favorite, but it comes in several others

Summer Fashion | Loveappella maxi dress + Henri Bendel bracelet
Henri Bendel bracelet (summer sale - up to 40% off select items)

Summer Fashion | Loveappella maxi dress + Stella & Dot necklace
Stella & Dot necklace (similar here & here) | Stella & Dot earrings (similar)
(Not quite sure what this dreamy photo editing app is that my friend Traci used on this photo, but if only my skin was that dewy and soft in real life! Ha!)

And I finally got my Barrington St. Anne Monogram Tote! Goes perfectly with this dress and everything else in my closet! I might have spent a little too long playing on the interactive site, but there are so many ways you can customize this bag.  First, you choose the design background (stripes, polka dots, plaid, etc.), then you choose the stripe colors, initials and finally, the monogram style.  Isn't she pretty?!?!

Barrington St. Anne Monogram Tote | Customize background, stripe color, initials and monogram style

A couple other maxis I've shown you before, but are worth repeating in case you missed them are the Crochet Back Maxi  and the Marcia Print Maxi.  The colors are fun and vibrant for summer.  I always gets lots of compliments when I wear these.  

Summer Fashion | Maxi Dress Outfit
right :: Marcia Print Maxi | sandals (similar - price matched $23.96) | Halogen clutch (other colors) | earrings | HWH Everyday Fave Initial Necklace

Summer Fashion | Crochet Back Maxi

Summer Fashion | Crochet Back Maxi

Summer Fashion | Crochet Back Maxi

Summer Fashion | Crochet Back Maxi

Summer Fashion | Maxi Dress

Summer Fashion | Maxi Dress

Summer Fashion | Maxi Dress

Summer Fashion | Maxi Dress

For a deal of a maxi, you can't beat the Lush Knit Maxi.  

Summer Fashion | Lush Knit Maxi Dress

More maxi options here :: 


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  1. These are such beautiful dresses! I haven't ever tried a maxi dress, but you may have inspired me!

  2. Maxi dresses are the best! Great pics.

  3. Love maxi dresses! They're as comfy as pajamas, but more socially acceptable :)

  4. You look incredible in maxi dresses! I have yet to find ones that I don't trip over. :)
    The Mini Skirt

  5. Maxis are absolutely perfect for summer, I swear every time my husband and I go out I just want to wear one because they're so comfy and easy to toss on!

    xoxo, SS

    The Southern Stylista

  6. Maxi dresses are taking over my closet this season, I love all of these! Xo, Stephanie


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