STYLE GURU STYLE: The Maxi-er The Better

If you’ve kept up with my articles, you have probably caught on to exactly what catches my eye when it comes to fashion. I am drawn to looks that are easy and comfortable while having an amazing statement piece or overall “cool” vibe. With that being said, it’s not surprising that when I was introduced to David Michael’s spring 2015 ready-to-wear collection I was completely blown away by how he had combined everything that I love to achieve a modern, striking hippie look that could (and should) be attainable for just about every woman. Some nuances of his collection that should be noted is how he chooses to embrace maxi lengths, stunning slits, risky hemlines and slouchy fits even in layering pieces. As Michael’s pieces already related to my own style, it wasn’t hard to find some pieces of my own to help recreate his collection.

Of course my primary focus on this particular outfit was on three things: maxi length, fun slits and some form of layering. I also chose to lighten the look a bit so that I could not only avoid absorbing all of the overwhelming heat of Tallahassee, but also to add my own twist to make the outfit seem more breezy and playful. I found this Free People maxi worked the best for several reasons. Its button front structure allows for a more risqué neckline as frequently seen in Michael’s collection, and it also has two severe slits up both sides. Additionally, the dress is made of a very lightweight material which, in combination with its oversized fit, makes for a very fun and slouchy look. I chose to accentuate the already sloping neckline by unbuttoning the first button. I also threw on a white halter lacey bralette underneath in order to add some summer-friendly layering details to my outfit.

As I was trying to make the outfit a little more playful and bright, I chose to add some of my favorite leather accessories. When you have a simple, solid-colored outfit on, don’t be afraid to throw some statement pieces into your look! This fringe backpack is my go-to bag whenever I’m going on an adventure, but it’s also always sure to attract a few onlookers and complements as it’s so unique. I also chose to go with my Western-style ankle suede booties, as the knock-off detailing of spurs on the back add a little more subtle flare to the look as well. I had a lot of fun playing around with the ideas introduced in David Michael’s collection, and I think that’s why I ended up loving it as much as I did. Since the collection is so simple in nature, there’s so much room to improvise and do your own things with it.

Get My Look: 1. Slit leg, simple maxi dress. 2. Fun booties. 3. Lacey bralette.