Is it just me or is this year flying by?
We are already a few weeks into summer, so it seems like this a good time to talk about light-weight dresses for the hot, humid days when clothes seem like too much hassle to deal with (which had been daily this past week or so)!
I did a multi-function post around the holidays about different ways to "dress up or down" one dress for various events and different looks. In this post, I'll be showing some ways to add versatility to one of my favorite summer outfits, the Maxi Dress.
There is a specific type of maxi dress that I found to be the most versatile, so keep this is mind if you find my ideas don't work the same way for what you may already have in your closet. The dress that I used was a strapless, mini-body-con, with a lightweight, floor-length skirt overlay (is that descriptive enough?).
Most obviously, it can be worn as a maxi dress is in its usual fashion- simple, but still elegant.
One could also however, create a shorter dress by folding the skirt overlay a few times, and pinning it.
Another, slightly shorter look; take the entire skirt overlay, and flip it up, tucking or pinning it into the top of the dress to create a flowy, colorful top portion, and fitted, neutral skirt.
For something casual but flirty, try pinning just the front of the overlay at the same length as the body-con-skirt portion of the dress. This can make for a lovely high-low look (as you can see from this image, the even-ness of my pinning skills leaves something to be desired).
And lastly, an interesting idea for a "fancier" but still fun look (aka: part date night, part animal house), pin or knot the overlay over one shoulder, and belt it where the body-con dress and overlay of the skirt meet at the waist (I took this picture sans belt, but trust me, the belt helps to make it look much more Lena Headey ...and much less John Belushi).
So, did any of these styles jump out at you, or are you a fan of the original look when it comes to maxi-dresses?
I think my favorite look out of these is the skirt transformed into a bold top with a neutral skirt- though to be honest, I'd likely feel most comfortable in the version pinned to knee-length.
Feel free to leave a comment if you have any suggestions or preferences of style!