Versatility is key when it comes to summer style. Whether your time will be spent at the beach, the bar, the library or the office, there’s one staple that every Fashionista needs in her summer wardrobe arsenal: the maxi dress. As a vertically challenged person (I’m five-foot-three), I have to admit I was once intimidated by this dramatic style. By stepping out of my comfort zone and embracing longer lengths, I realized maxi dresses are something like The Holy Grail of summer clothing, having the ability to seamlessly transition from day to night.
This Fashionista, though slightly shorter than me, pulls off the maxi dress with complete ease. The secret to making the maxi dress work is to use alternative cuts to your advantage. The double slit accent of her dress creates a playful, flirty silhouette fit for a night out with friends while remaining appropriate enough for the office. She pairs her floral frock with a pair of wooden, platform sandals. Wooden platforms are having a huge moment right now with the ‘70s style revival going strong, so don’t be afraid to take advantage of the trend and give your style a lift! Platform sandals are the perfect shoe choice for maxi dresses and longer lengths, as they keep the look summery and fun, while adding a few extra inches to keep the hem from dragging on your morning commute or the sticky bar floors of your favorite weekend spot. She keeps her jewelry minimalistic to balance out the boldness of the ensemble and opts for a gold statement bib necklace. This Fashionista wins versatility bonus points for not only rocking an outfit that can go from day to night, but pairing it with a beauty look that does the same. Her sleek yet casual ponytail and warm makeup look are summery and classic, allowing for a smooth transitional beauty look.
One Simple Change: Going to a music festival or concert this summer? Try pairing this look with a stylish backpack to store your necessities and add even more boho flair to the look.