“Beauty is pain” is a saying constantly heard around the fashion world. To look amazing, we often think we must sacrifice our comfort. Yet that belief has been proven wrong with the doing of one growing trend in particular—the maxi dress. The maxi dress has swept through fashion in the past year and with good reason. A maxi dress is the definition of sheer coziness and chic style. No need for rough fabrics and uncomfortable clothes when you have this soft, feminine outfit to slip into. An effortless maxi dress is simply irresistible, like the one this Fashionista choose to swing.
My eyes were immediately drawn to this lovely lady walking through campus in her maxi-dress. The Grecian style dress stuns with its cotton gray basing and sheer black chiffon over-layer. She spices up her neutral colored look with a mini pop of coral in her sandals, pulling off an easy-going, comfortable, though modish ensemble. With minimal accessories and a sexy, loose top knot, this Fashionista knows how to make her dress stand out and bring out her inner Grecian Goddess.
Most fashionistas can’t go through life without at least a few feminine-chic dresses in their wardrobes, so why not embellish this staple look and rock the maxi dress? Maxi dresses are universally flattering, come in a plethora of styles and can be found for any occasion —fancy or casual. For the ultimate girly look, find an airy dress in a soft color or print. Pair it with a delicate scarf or a floppy hat and some jewels to finish the look. With a wide bottom dress, try cinching the waist with a thin woven belt. Feeling something edgier? Try topping off the maxi dress with a funky vest or even a boyfriend blazer. Throw on booties or moto boots to really juxtapose the femininity of a maxi-dress. Then when it gets chilly, simply throw on a cropped jean jeacket or leather jacket and you can't go wrong. Any style you choose you’ll find yourself the center of attention in this gorgeous maxi dress trend!
Fall weather is approaching quickly and what better outfit to greet it in than a maxi skirt? With it’s bohemian feel and relaxed look, it’s turning into an instant fall favorite. The maxi skirt is also a great transitional piece if you’ve got a long day ahead of you and not a lot of time to get ready for a night out.
This week’s Fashionista is wearing a striped maxi skirt paired with a plain black tank top. A similar skirt can be found at Creatures of Comfort. This Fashionista adds a silver necklace, cross body bag, and sunglasses for a casual, daytime look. To easily turn this into a nighttime outfit, she could tuck in her tank top, switch her flip flops out for a pair of heels and put on bolder jewelry to really make a statement.
If you’re feeling a little timid about trying this trend and don’t think you have the “right” body shape to wear a maxi skirt, here are a few tips on how to pull it off. Make sure to define your waistline. That’s the easiest way to avoid feeling like your outfit has no shape to it. Throw on a belt to help give you a distinct silhouette. Next, keep your proportions in check. If you’re wearing a looser top, try to find a more fitted maxi skirt and vice versa. If you have a big top and bottom, it can make you appear bigger than you really are. Also, don’t be afraid to experiment! Try wearing it with a big, comfy sweater or a long sleeve shirt. Just make sure to keep these tips in mind. If you need more ideas on how to wear a maxi skirt, check out this video by FabSugar.
In a city that’s a mere twenty minutes from the beach, the classic sundress is a typical sight to see almost year-round in Irvine. However, I’ve always believed that being fashionable involves progression, taking style to the next level. For some looks that have never been done before, it may take a while for the idea to become accepted, liked and then embraced as a trend.
To be brutally honest, when I was first introduced to the maxi dress about three years back I thought it looked somewhat confusing and a tad clumsy because of the length. But this look was really just new territory that had yet to be explored and experimented with.
After seeing the maxi dress accessorized and layered under numerous articles of clothing throughout the past couple years, it has become an elegant and adaptable piece of clothing that should be hanging in every Fashionista’s closet. Whether you’re on the tall team or on the shorter end of the height chart (such as this Fashionista who stands at 5’1’’), the shape of the maxi dress fits itself onto whoever the wearer may be. Not only does it work for different shapes and sizes, but it also operates much like a blank canvas in the sense that it can have anything else added to it and still look good.
This Fashionista makes the wise choice to not over-accessorize her BP at Nordstrom maxi dress. She avoids looking cluttered by adding just a red beaded bib necklace, also from BP at Nordstrom, and balances the outfit by wearing something like this on the top portion of the ensemble. Other top layers that work well with the maxi dress include jackets, button-up sweaters and even scarves if they match the dress’s print right.
Although my first encounter with the maxi dress wasn’t exactly love at first sight, the look has grown on me since then. I used to think the only dresses that could ever be floor-length where for Prom or weddings. But with all the different ways to wear it and the countless number of prints they come in, the maxi dress has become an exception in my book. In order for fashion to spark unique trends, one must never be afraid to go to great new lengths and take their style to the max (no pun intended).
I spotted this Fashionista during a week of weather in the 70s looking fresh and ready for the spring.
Two weeks ago we may have gotten a bit of a tease with temperatures in the high 70s all week, so shorts and sun dresses were all over campus. But with it still being March with temperatures that are guaranteed to go down to numbers a bit more fitting for this time of year, you may need to transition your wardrobe accordingly.
This Fashionista looks chic and put together during a week when it is hard to remain focused on anything besides hanging out with friends in the sun. Her long sleeve maxi dress is the perfect way to begin that transition into spring trends and still look effortless. She pairs her dress with gold jewelry and a simple bag that adds to the look.
Some people think floor length skirts and dresses are just for the red carpet, but not any longer. Maxi dresses have been seen in some of this season’s hottest magazines and runway shows. Although shorts and sun dresses are the favorite this time of year, mixing it up with a full length skirt or dress might be just what you need to heat up your wardrobe this spring.
The best way to pull off this trend is to keep all other elements simple. A long maxi dress makes a bold statement in itself, so pairing it with simple accessories and a leather handbag is the perfect way to keep it all together.
So Lehigh Fashionistas, my STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK is to take your wardrobe to the max this spring and dare to wear something a bit longer than usual.
I will be honest, I do not own a maxi skirt yet! I have looked all over and not been able to find own that fits to my body type without my hips looking huge or my legs looking a weird length. But I do fully support the trend and all of those fashionistas out there that are bold enough to rock it! I think it is a great alternative to pants not only in the summer months, but it is a great transition into the fall months as well. Depending on the type of fabric of your skirt it could be a light-weight fabric for hot weather or a thicker fabric to keep you warm.
I love the bold color choice of red, especially as a fall color. I think that alone makes this fashionista stand out and then the fact that it is a maxi skirt that makes it that much more fashion forward. I was also very jealous of the knit fabric that made the skirt, so that it was very comfortable in fit and for the weather. The fact that she kept it simple with a white v-neck on top made it still appropriate for class and continued with the theme of comfort fashion. The gold jewelry and nude rope sandals are great accessories that stand out, but at the same time do not take away from the statement skirt.
This Fashionista scored not only on the skirt itself but she also got it on sale at Nordstroms! My jealousy for grew the more that I found out about her and the skirt. When searching the internet I found that almost every store out there carries some sort of variation of the maxi skirt, so it is a very easy trend to find. I found that Gap, has a nice selection of knit maxi skirts as well that came in nice fall colors such as olive, tan, or basic black. Then I was very surprised that Overstock.com had a very nice variety of different styles that would be great this fall as well. Overall, even though I do not technically have this piece in my closet yet I am a very big supporter and will be rocking it soon!
Fashionistas, you've all seen the long length look this past spring, and it's great for warm days this summer as well. You may think that long dresses are only for fancy evening occasions but think again. There's something refreshing about wearing a long, bright, lightweight dress during the day. I spotted this Fashionista wearing a coral maxi dress from J.Crew. From doing errands to attending a summer barbecue, the maxi dress is the easiest option to throw on. Trust me (and this Fashionista) when we say that it will take a minute to get ready, yet you will have the best outfit!
What's great about maxi dresses is that they are comfortable, but also, just because they're long does NOT mean they have to be ultra conservative. There are so many different styles, from halter top to strapless, to cutout, which makes this trend truly versatile. For a dressy night, pick a dress like this (with silk or rayon fabrics), and for a low-key occasion, try a maxi like this (with cotton or jersey fabrics). When you do choose to wear a maxi dress, you want it to be the main focus of your outfit, so you don't really need much else. For shoes, wear gladiator sandals, flip flops or a pair of wedges for a dressy occasion. So Fashionistas, try taking it to the 'max' this season with this popular summer trend!
This trend allows for endless style opportunities. This Fashionista can easily transition this skirt from winter to spring with an off the shoulder slouchy top and gladiator sandals or dress this look up with wedges, a T-shirt and leather jacket. She can use various wardrobe pieces to tailor this maxi for any occasion, and stay warm under its layers all the while!
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