STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Maxed Out

At the end of the semester, the all too familiar feeling of exhaustion plucks students from sanity and leaves them dangling, fighting for a few winks of sleep. If you’re ready to kiss your finals and the year goodbye, you’re not alone. During stressful stretches of the semester, many not-so-considerate people neglect sartorialism for the path to enlightenment. Students’ studious pursuits therefore render the library almost insufferable with the scent of body odor.

Don’t fall into this same trap of utter fanaticism. Instead of kissing your personal hygiene and personal sense of style goodbye, simply wear an outfit that is as comfortable as it is aesthetically pleasing. I love maxi dresses, so when I spotted this student stepping out of her apartment, I had to snap her photograph. In a floor length tye dye maxi dress, this Barnard woman appears calm, cool and collected, and attitude that will certainly help her in the testing environment.

The amazing thing about maxi dresses is that they appear so elegant to the average passerby, yet feel like a dream to the lucky girl wearing them. Opt for a maxi dress that is made at least partially of spandex, for it will allow you to move freely beneath the flowing swaths of fabric. This finals season try your very hardest not to forget firstly that you are A) human, B) still breathing and once you have come to terms with the aforementioned circumstances, throw on a maxi dress. The amount of time is takes to step into the comfort of a floor length blanket-with-straps is about as long as it would take you to decide which library to venture off to.

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STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Maxed Out

As the spring semester winds down, dressing in your most fashionable self has probably been taking the back burner. So I've decided to dedicate this week's STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK to remind you that lack of sleep due to all-night study sessions or celebratory festivities doesn't have to stop you from dressing well.

If your maxed out with school, then your probably maxed on what to wear, so I propose the maxi skirt to be the perfect option when you want a comfortable look that will save you from committing any fashion faux pas under such circumstances; just like this Fashionista.

I caught this Fashionista heading to the library during finals week and I love how chic and pulled together the look is, which made her stand out amongst the students bumming around in sweat pants and leggings. Comfort doesn't have to look lazy, and being fashionable can be comfortable too, so a maxi skirt is the perfect hybrid of try.

There are a variety of options available from floor length, mullet shaped and ankle length just like this Fashionista is wearing. You can pair it with a simple T-shirt, jean jacket and scarf like this Fashionista did, or rock it with a tank and crop top. I'm all about layering because although spring may be in full swing, the air conditioning in class or the library brings a chill factor and there is nothing more annoying than being cold in class.

So, remember if you're maxed out with fashion, opt for a maxi skirt because it will instantly help you create a look that is comfortable and chic.

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STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Maxed Out

I'm a huge advocate of “less is more” but I'm also a huge advocate of making a statement. Sometimes however, it's hard to keep it simple while also turning heads with your outfit. Many, many years ago the fashion gods heard our cry for help and gave us a solution: the maxi dress. For the past few seasons, the maxi dress and skirt have been in full force and it doesn't look like they plan on going away anytime soon. The maxi dress is the perfect piece for obtaining that effortless, glam look this summer.

This '70s-inspired trend may seem like it's a lot of work but the maxi is actually one of the easiest, go-to outfits you can choose. It's also the most versatile piece you can choose; the maxi dress can be worn to class, for a day of shopping, out to dinner or even to the beach. Pair it with anything from a colorful blazer to a leather jacket — it is the ultimate statement look.This Fashionista headed to class in a simple black maxi dress, a denim jacket and a colorful tote bag. For a look similar to hers, check out this black strapless maxi dress available at H&M for only $24.95! It is the perfect summer investment that I promise will dress you for any occassion. To take your maxi dress moment to the next level, try a silhouette that plays with some of summer's other trends, like this bright style at NASTY GAL. This summer is all about the bare midriff and if your abs are terrified of seeing the outside world, this NASTY GAL maxi dress is the perfect compromise. Equipped with small cutout sides, it is ideal for soaking up that summer air. Last but not least, one of the reigning trends this season, the high-low hemline, is beginning to sneak its way to the maxi dress scene. Try Nordstrom's blue ruffle maxi dress for a hint of high-low and a hint of maxi: the perfect summer combination.

It's the end of the semester but instead of being maxed out in stress, I hope that you're maxed out in style.

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STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Maxed Out

Spending a whole day in any major city can be exhausting. Battling through hoards of people and pounding the pavement is hard for most, but doing that and being fashionable? Near impossible. This week's Fashionista, however, defies all hurdles of city life while still looking totally fresh and fashionable for spring.

One of my all time favorite items that I think every Fashionista should own is a maxi skirt. Nothing feels better than walking around on a beautiful day with lots of flowy fabric swaddled around you. The maxi skirt is a feminine and fashion-forward way to begin easing into spring style as it adds volume and a surprising touch of sophistication to any look. When choosing a maxi skirt, look out for comfortable and flowy fabrics. Try a pleated chiffon maxi skirt or a simple cotton maxi skirt.

The other important thing about maxi skirts is that you can dress them up or down. This week's Fashionista chose to dress hers up with a pink blazer, a printed chiffon top and a bright pink cross-body bag. While her maxi skirt is fairly simple, she infuses it with a strong sense of sophistication through the other elements in her outfit. The pink hues in all three items adds an extra touch of femininity over her darker colored maxi skirt and gives balance to the outfit's palette. The print on her top adds texture and depth to the look and her cross-body bag adds the right pop of brightness to the overall look.

When dressing up a maxi skirt, it is always important to remember that more can sometimes be more. The maxi skirt is all about length and volume so don't be scared of that! Don't just pair a simple tank top with your voluminous skirt — that is what's expected. Try layering, like this Fashionista did with her blazer, or try pairing less common spring hues together!

City life is hectic and constantly changing, but that doesn't mean you can't inject some fashion-forward style into it. Look prepped and ready for spring by busting out a beautiful flowy maxi skirt. Those crowds of people on the street will definitely stop and take notice.

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STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Maxed Out

As March heads towards a close, spring fashions have emerged throughout the campus of Washington State University. Although Pullman experiences constant changes of snow, rain and sunshine, students are quickly learning to adjust their wardrobe in response to our wacky weather. As Monday may call for a wool peacoat, gloves and rain boots, Tuesday could bring about colorful sunglasses, sandals or a flirty spring dress.

Although sunshine will forever conquer rain, sleet or snow, Fashionistas/os alike have stood strong to fight this ongoing battle of style versus nature. I find the noticeable yearn for summer weather has begun to change the face of spring fashion with the entrance of warm-weathered styles. In particular, this week’s Fashionista displays how her favorite summer maxi dress stands as a functional spring style.

As an avid lover of patterns, prints and bold statement pieces, this Fashionista revealed she discovered her patterned maxi at none other than Nordstrom. Known for a wide array of colorful printed maxi dresses, this Fashionista pairs her Nordstrom maxi alongside a cropped leather jacket and cream infinity scarf. I found the bold statement of the print cohesively blended with the classic motorcycle bomber as well as the effortless on the go look with her simple scarf. Even amongst the most traditional of pieces, a loud print will hardly fail to create a unique yet collective ensemble.

In regards to accessories, this Fashionista flaunts a mocha Longchamp bag, adding a perfect hint of color to her overall look. Finally, this Fashionista also sports patterned flats as well as a tribal beaded necklace both from Nordstrom. Clearly, Fashionistas aren’t saving their typical summer styles for the warm summer months. With Fashionistas such as this one incorporating seasonal pieces into an annual pattern, it is the perfect transition from one month to the next. 

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STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Maxed Out

It is never comforting to hear that you “maxed out” your credit card when you’re trying to buy a new pair of Frye Boots for the Fall Season.  But when it comes to describing this fall’s must have item of a maxi skirt, the phrase is only appropriate.  The maxi skirt is the season’s twist on last season infatuation with the maxi dress.  Although maxi dresses are extremely popular still, the fashion forward look is a maxi skirt.  Magazines, blogs, newspapers have highlighted the increasing popularity of maxi skirts as this Fall's fashion forward item (Check out polyvore.com's latest blog post on it!)

This Fashionista’s maxi skirt’s style is a rich cobalt in a whispy chiffon texture paired with a trendy pearl chain necklace.  The best thing about maxi skirts is the variety of styles, colors, patterns, and textures offered.  This Forever 21 polka dot patterned maxi dress is very on trend with this October.  Forever 21 also shows Southwestern prints, tribal patterns, or bold colors in maxi skirts.  I actually purchased a bold blue one this past week!  If prints aren’t your thing, try American Apparel classic cotton cuts that are simple and leave a wide range of options for tops.

BCBG’s fall 2011 runway showed how maxi skirts can even be worn for formal or dressy-casual events.  They have made the black maxi skirt as the new “little black dress”.  A-line, silk, designs look fabulous with shimmery tops in gold or silver for a fancy evening.  Darker jewel tones like plum, metallic gray, or sapphire maxi skirts are exciting versions too.  Add sex appeal to this evening look by a plunging neckline in the front or back; since the skirt covers your entire leg, it’s okay to go bold on top.

This Fashionista opted to go simple with her maxi skirt and just wear a white tank top.  A feminine and chic additive is a bowtie blouse, such as this one from Marc by Marc Jacobs.  Oxford blouses in silks or chiffons pair nicely with maxi skirts as well.  Maxi skirts are a great canvas for a Fashionista to showcase her style; try out vests, cut-off jackets, or chunky knits in the winter.

Maxi skirts have a certain effortless flow about them.  Next time when you’re pulling apart your closet trying to find something before you’re 9:30 class, go with the flow, and slip into a maxi skirt!

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STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Maxed Out

We all love maxi skirts in theory, but actually wearing a maxi skirt to class is quite a bold move. Consistently popular on the runway, they were seen last season in the shows of Carolina Herrera, Chloé, and Ralph Lauren. The maxi skirts in these shows looked However, it’s easy for models to look good in floor-length skirts – they would all look flawless wearing burlap sacks; we regular people are another story entirely. Incorporating maxi skirts into your everyday wardrobe can be a difficult feat.

This fashionista skillfully rocks the maxi skirt for school. She keeps it relatively simple in terms of her color palette, opting for a navy blue skirt with a plain white top, and belts the skirt to create a more casual feel. Her tasteful accessories compliment her outfit well, as she pairs her look with white gladiator sandals, classic wayfarers, and a worn cognac leather bag with navy blue piping.

Now, if you’re still thinking that you don’t have what it takes to pull off a maxi skirt, sit back and keep reading. Anyone can wear one; it’s all about what you pair it with. Refinery 29 has some great suggestions for maximizing your maxi skirt outfit options – demonstrating how to pair a maxi skirt with anything from cropped sweatshirts and tied-up button-downs to more creative pieces, like one piece bathing suits and mini dresses (yes, a dress on a dress – they make it work!) Beginning to feel you may be in the market for a maxi skirt? Check out the selection on Topshop – their coral pleated maxi skirt in particular is a real gem.  ShopBop also has a wide variety, offering a lot of chic jersey options by Splendid and Rachel Pally. Enjoy!

 

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STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Maxed OUT!

Looking for the perfect item to help you beat the sweltering heat of the dog days of summer? Well, look no further, because the maxi dress has come to save the day. Maxi dresses have made a big return this summer. Maxi dresses are ideal for the summer time because they are comfortable, flowy and come in all sorts of fabulous prints and colors. The maxi dress is very versatile and ready to wear. Wear them with flip flops and shades or high heels and a clutch, maxi dresses can be accessorized to take you from day to night for any occasion. It’s all about how you accessorize the maxi dress that really makes the outfit. While maxi dresses are generally great on all figures that can sometimes be overwhelming on petite figures so figuring out how to wear the maxi dress to flatter you is important.

For all the petite girls out there stick to a maxi dress that is form fitting because other maxi dress styles generally have a lot of volume and will eat you alive. When styling your dress you want to make sure you don’t over accessorize. The maxi dress is a statement piece and you want the dress to stay the focus. Pairing the dress with some fun jewelry and cute shoes is just enough to make this outfit look pulled together. Shopbop offers a great selection of designer maxi dresses for any occasion.

Shop Planet Blue has a great selection of dresses that have a very beachy feel to them. Free People also introduced a lot of great eclectic type maxi dresses to their collection this season as well.

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STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Maxed Out

As the semester comes to a close and finals are finally over, we Fashionistas feel utterly and completely maxed out. Though our overworked brains and stiff necks are begging for cozy clothes, sweat pants and baggy shirts just won’t suffice. So, instead, let us all agree to reach for an equally relaxed (yet ten times more stylish) outfit revolving around fashion’s go-to piece as of late: the maxi dress.

Starting a few seasons back with the revival of the ‘70s flower child look, maxi dresses have become steadfast staples in almost every Fashionista’s closet. Dress them up, dress them down; add accessories or let the piece speak for itself. It doesn’t matter how you wear it — a maxi dress can’t help but maintain its breezy, laidback appeal. Clad in a casual, striped one herself, this Fashionista’s happy vibe is almost contagious.

With an undeniably relaxed take on the maxi dress, this Fashionista gives us enough outfit inspiration to last the entire summer season. The loose-fitting dress is versatile enough to throw over a bathing suit at the beach or glam up for nighttime. For a perfect daytime look, take note of this Fashionista’s styling efforts and top a striped dress with a lightweight denim shirt. Keep your accessories to a minimum and the color palette centered on light, airy hues. With a style masterpiece like this, you’ll go from feeling maxed out to cheered up in no time at all.

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