What would summer fashion be without maxi dresses? I have asked myself that many times over the last few weeks. They are everywhere and for good reason. Maxi dresses are comfortable, easy to wear and most importantly, stylish. They come in different styles such as prints, patterns and colors thanks to designers like 3.1 Phillip Lim, Rebecca Taylor, Ella Moss and alice + olivia. Also, as of a few months ago this trend is no longer reserved for tall Fashionistas. Luckily, it is even possible for petite Fashionistas to wear maxi dresses, thanks to Whitney Pozgay’s line for Anthropologie. Thus, it is possible to find a maxi dress that not only suits your personal style but also, your size.

This Fashionista has taken full advantage of this summer staple. This maxi dress is reminiscent of a Grecian dress with unique draping, cinched at the waist and countless pleats. Not only is the dress trendy but also, it highlights that wearing black in the summer is possible. The Fashionista paired the maxi dress with a turquoise rope belt as an accent and pop of color, to offset the black. With simple and complementary accessories, this Fashionista was ready for coffee with friends. Maxi dresses have a foothold in summer fashion and I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw them again in the near fashion future.

Name: Sally Chamberland

Major: Biochemistry

Year: Senior

CollegeFashionista: What are you wearing today?

Sally Chamberland: A black maxi dress from Marshalls, a turquoise rope belt from a J.Crew outlet, the cross body bag is from Siciliy, Italy where I studied abroad, a pair of Ray Ban aviators and Alex and Ani brangles.

CF: What do you love about summer fashion?

SC: I love that summer fashion allows you to explore fashion more. Being from Massachusetts, most of my wardrobe is dependent on temperature so I love that there are more options in the summer. My outfits in the summer are not as restricted as they are in the fall and winter months.

CF: How would you describe your style?

SC: Colorful-even though you can’t see that today. I love bold and bright colors in fun patterns. It would be uncharacteristic of me if I didn’t add the turquoise belt.

CF: Where do you get your style inspiration?

SC: Pinterest. I love pinning different outfits and styles. Most of my fashion boards include colorful preppy looks with a twist.

CF: Whose closet would you raid and why?

SC: Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge. She has an impeccable sense of style even though she needs to look modest. Everything she wears is classy but with a little something extra. Not surprisingly, she looks fashionable even while pregnant.

CF: What is your key accessory must-have?

SC: My Alex and Ani bangles. I wear these three every day but also can change them up with others that I have. Each one has meaning and sentimental value. In terms of fashion, they’re super cute, loose fitting, and perfect for any occasion.

CF: What is one item in your closet you cannot live without?

SC: TOMS shoes. I have five pairs of classic TOMS shoes, one pair of wedges and a pair of boots. I love how cute and comfortable they are. I spent a lot time on my feet and they are the perfect shoe.

How To: Maxi dresses in any color or style is a great investment. Here is one just like the one this Fashionista is wearing. Cinch it at the waist with a colorful belt. Add bangles, aviators and a cross-body bag. Maxi dresses are very versatile so you can wear flip flops, wedges or even a summer sneaker.

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