Friday, April 29, 2016

Easy, Breezy Summer Maxi

The Pink Lily Boutique maxi dress  | SheIn beltSam Edelman sandals | Zayver Designs necklace, earrings, and cougar bracelet | Green bracelets from Africa | Emma & Chloe ring  | Quay Australia sunglasses 

TGIF! This week was super busy, although it wasn't all work and no play. This week, I got to try the new Milk + Honey Spa and get a facial courtesy of my friends at Cosmedix, I had book club with my girlfriend's (we just read The Storied Life of  A.J. Fikry - a quick, easy read), and I shopped Trina Turk's Summer 2 collection in preparation for the event I'm hosting at their Galleria location on May 12th. If you're in the Houston area, I'd love for you to stop by their boutique between 6-8pm to shop and sip while we talk fashion - all full-priced merchandise will be 20% off!  

I guess I've been on a kick with numbers this week - my five fav pairs of white jeans, five tips to wearing colors, and now I'm going to share my three reasons to love a maxi dress! For the record I love odd numbers, and yes, 13 is my favorite one! 

What better way to start the weekend than by switching out of your work clothes and into a flowy maxi dress. Maxi dresses are perfect year round (if you live in a warm climate like me), and they are the perfect summer uniform.

Maxi dresses are equally as chic in the city, as they are on the beach. They definitely are all I pack in my suitcase when I am heading to Mexico, but they also are perfect for casual week night dates, brunch or a pool party while you're at home - just switch up the accessories. When I'm on vacation, I love to be as free and comfortable as possible. I only will pack one pair of sandals and one pair of wedges and limited jewelry with me when I travel to the beach (you're there to relax and show off your suntan, right?). When I'm at home, I'll wear the same maxi, but put my hair up into a donut bun, pile on the jewelry, grab a clutch and wear a chic pair of summer-ready wedges.

They are comfortable and effortless. What's easier than throwing on a dress? You don't need to worry about whether or not your top looks good with your bottom, because you know it does! What's even better about a maxi dress? You don't need to worry if you shaved your legs that morning, or if you forgot to use sunless tanner on your winter white legs, and you never have to worry if you need to wear that pesky slip as most are lined (thank goodness!!! Isn't that the worst?!). I have actually found a few that have built in bras for us small chested girls, so there's another bonus! 

There are styles that flatter every body type. 
Short: Although the length may be daunting (I've told you to invest in a great tailor!), it is not impossible to find maxi dresses for petite frames. Try a high-low maxi dress - short in the front, longer in the back - then you can show off those pretty shoes. Also, opt for a empire waistline to give the illusion of length.
Curvy: Fit-and-flare dresses that cinch in the waist are perfect for you, as they define your waist while still showing off your curves. Adding a belt to a flowy dress works perfectly too. Avoid spaghetti straps or strapless
Pear Shape: Maxi dresses tend to overemphasize the hips. Distract from this by finding a maxi that has an embellished top, like this one here - it will bring the eyes up. Use color blocking to your advantage and wear a maxi that is a lighter color on top and darker color on the bottom, which will have a slimming affect. 
Boyish/Tall: Show off your figure in a curve hugging maxi, or one with a fun, full design like I am wearing above. Embrace patterns and prints and find maxi's that have cinched waists to give the illusion on a more curvaceous figure. 
Busty Women: Embrace your assets by wearing a v-cut maxi dress. Other attractive fits are one's that are loose and flowy on top. Cap sleeves or thick straps are ideal in helping cover up those bra straps.

Check out some of my must-have maxis below! Have a great weekend. xo

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