Five ways to style a printed maxi dress

September 3, 2014


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One of my favorite things about reading and following other fashion bloggers is getting inspiration for those moments when I want to spice up a piece from my wardrobe. I shop my closet a lot, and over this past year and last I have grown fond of this zebra print maxin dress given to me a few years ago. Since I love it so much and worn it styled in different ways I thought I would share with you what I have mixed this dress with and why.

First Look: Gray cardigan and flip flops

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I wore this outfit to church and to the lake afterwards Labor day weekend. The cardigan was just the right item needed for a cool air church sanctuary, but easy enough to slip off as needed. The cardigan adds some mondesty to the otherwise upper back and front cleavage revealing. The gray also illuminates the pattern without causing too much “busyness” to the print.  The flip flops were for mere comfort as I knew I would be on my feet most of the day.

Second Look: Black tunic over top and black studded flats

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I wore this yesterday, until it got too hot outside warranting the removal of the tunic shirt, but otherwise I like to call this the “teacher look.” I call it the teacher look because it is the most casual and modest of te styles you will see in this post. When paired with the gold studded black flats the effect of casual and modest is heightened. This is definitely what I would be wearing if I still taught as once again it hides the upper exposed back and front cleavage and as a teacher flip flops and sandals were a no- no.

Third Look: Green cardigan, high pump heels.

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This look is edgy yet feminine in my opinion. I think this number is the perfect date night look, as who knows where you might go and if the place will be cold or not. I wore this outfit this past winter on a cool day but not freezing.

Fourth Look: Fedora hat and knotted maxi dress end

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I wore this fedora hat with the dress a month or two back at the lake for an afternoon spent with family. The hat added a nice protected against the sunlight and was a good cover up for a bad hair day. The hair also matcs the dress. I tied the end of one side of the maxi dress so I wouldn’t keep stepping on the hem (I was barefoot or in flip flops at the lake).  As you can tell no cover up or cardigan required, I wanted to soak up some sun.

Fifth Look: Pleated sleeveless button up shirt (belted) and sandals

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I wore this look back in the late winter, early spring to an outdoor toddler aged birthday party. Because the day was nice weather but still cool I choose to cover up my back and front some. The belt  I used was actually from an Avon necklace that broke and I just reconnected the ends to create a belt, what do you think? The sandals were a bonus as it felt like a beginning of spring to me then.

What was your favorite style here? Have you tried any of these with your printed or non- printed maxi dresses? Any recommendations for how I could style this in the fall?

I may try and do another one of these style an item posts in the near future. Thanks for reading, look below to see who I am linked up with.

Whitney with Personal Style Monday.
Lauren for Mix it Mondays.

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  • ADA September 3, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    Hi Rachel. Thanks so much for nominating me. I’d nominate you as well. Thanks for sharing those awesome 7 facts as well. I am happy God blessed you with twins and granted one of your wishes. They are lucky to have you. =)

    I will be answering these questions on my post on Sunday – fingers crossed. Thanks again and Happy September Beautiful Lady!!

  • ADA September 3, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    Love the way you remixed your versatile B+W Print Maxi Dress which is such a lovely dress.

    P.S. Oops, I realized I left my previous comment on this post as well. I meant to leave it on the Inspiring Post previous to this lol.

  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom September 3, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    I cannot wait until it cools off here and I can start wearing cardi’s again with some of my maxi dresses! I love the one where you are wearing the dress alone with the fedora, such a good photo of you!!

  • Maria September 3, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    What a gorgeous and versatile dress! I love all the ways you’ve styled it!

  • Becky @ bybmg September 3, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    Fun looks! I love the tunic over top!

  • Amber September 4, 2014 at 1:22 am

    What a great post! Love seeing items remixed for inspiration, especially as I am doing my no shopping challenge. Thanks for all your lovely words of support! I would say my favorite look is the cardigan and heels – so classy!!!

    Amber
    Fashion, Floss and Lip Gloss

  • Jennie September 4, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    Some really great looks here! i love remixing pieces to create different looks, too. This is a fabulous maxi dress!

  • lindsayw72 September 4, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    I really love that you showed 5 different ways to style a maxi. Sometimes it’s hard to find other ways to wear a dress, to make it look different. Such fun looks.

    On another note, it was so great to have you join style confessions link-up last week… I just adored seeing your favorite look of the week. Please feel free to join us again, over at http://sequinsandstyle.com/week-10-linkup/ 🙂

    -xoxo
    Lindsay
    http://www.SequinsandStyle.com

  • dousedinpink September 4, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    Such a cute maxi! Love all five of these looks and I think you can style it so many other ways for fall! My favorite is it tied in the bottom with the fedora!

    Jill
    dousedinpink.blogspot.com

  • Ashley September 5, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    I love remix posts! It seems like this dress has been a great piece for you. It really is super pretty – the pattern is gorgeous and it fits you so well!