When thinking about a summer wardrobe, it’s natural to assume that it entails a plethora of skin-baring garments. After all, when the weather is 95 degrees and sunny, who would want to be sweating it out in jeans and a sweater? Not me! My closet is jam packed with fringy denim cut offs, flirty dresses and skirts in every color and pattern. These are all essential for keeping cool on a scorching day; however, that doesn’t mean a good maxi skirt or pair of tribal print harem pants can’t be appreciated.
Despite popular belief, these items can look just as fashionable as a revealing mini dress while managing to prevent you from passing out of a heat stroke just the same. Don’t believe me? Take a look at this Fashionista who effortlessly demonstrates how a long maxi dress can look cool and comfortable, even on a sunny June day in California.
There are a lot of clever components to her dress that prevent her from getting too hot while hanging around outdoors all afternoon long. First of all, it’s made from a light cotton material that allows plenty of aeration. This is crucial since heavy fabrics will prevent air flow and inevitably make you miserable. Instead of wishing you could strip off all your clothes, hit the nail on the head right from the get-go by sticking to pieces made from lightweight fabrics like linen.
Though her maxi obviously covers the length of her long legs, she’s still able to get some UV rays due to the nautical halter neckline and trendy open back. These two elements work in unison to give her that much desired summery vibe without being too revealing. This Forever 21 dress takes things to the next level by means of a couple of large ruffles in the front, adding some much needed dimension. The ruffles prevent this from looking too plain Jane, which can often times be an issue with solid colored maxis. That would probably never be an issue with this outfit, thanks to her amazing mint studded cross-body bag that I had to force myself not to steal.
Another way to keep maxi dresses light and airy is by incorporating cutouts, which have been noticeably trending all year. Admittedly, I’ve never found maxi dresses particularly sexy but Urban Outfitters sells a slinky black number with crocheted side cutouts that turned me into putty. Not only that, but wearing a crop tank top with a high waisted maxi skirt is another great way to “go long” without burning up.
Keep in mind that this trend doesn’t strictly apply to maxi pieces. Don’t be hesitant to switch out your typical shorts for a bold pair of retro harem pants or RVCA’s to-die-for crochet pull on pants.
What is your STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK? “As long as you keep the fabric light, you can still go long and lengthy with your wardrobe pieces this summer.”