Why Say “Or” When You Can Say “And” (For These Maxi Dresses)?!


I know I’m not the first to say that buying “one in every color” is worth the investment, but if there’s a staple piece of clothing (or accessory) that you love & just can’t live without, when why not? I have this philosophy typically when ti comes to cardigans & ballet flats, but with a busy summer ahead, I’m also applying this philosophy (& maybe fashion addiction excuse?) to the Goddess maxi dress @New York & Company.

I was first introduced to this dress last year & have since bought it in EIGHT different colors. It is super fashionable, very comfortable & breathable, & really, a classic maxi dress style that I will continue to wear for more summers to come. Truth: I bought it when I was very VERY pregnant last summer, which gave my big baby belly lots of room, but this is not a maternity dress. The banding underneath the bust was very forgiving & even now (not pregnant), I’m loving the flowing long skirt, which flatters my shape now. Not to mention that this dress can be style in a multitude of ways, easy breezy for weekend errands or dressed up for a special occasion! Most colors are available in sizes XS- XXL, which means that this dress really is for everyone!

I love accessorizing this dress with any number of cropped cardigans, long necklaces, oversized earrings, a denim jacket, & studded sandals. Every color of dress is a great foundation for some summer fun, coordinating with playful watermelon or pineapple accents, gawdy golds, or crisp white pieces.

SHOP: black pointelle shrug @dressbarn (shop plus size here), rimless gradient sunglasses @Forever 21, rose gold strappy sandals @David’s Bridal, stone pendant necklace @LOFT, large drop earrings @H&M, & charm bracelet @H&M.

How would you style these bold, feminine maxi dresses? What style dress is your favorite for summer? Where you headed on vacation this season? What stores are you shopping for best deals on summer must-haves? For more stylish posts, check out Old Navy’s cute flip flops, trendy resin earrings, & stylish summer hats inspired by Jessica Alba & Suki Waterhouse! Happy Styling!

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The Stylish Five: Major Deals On Maxi Dresses ($25 & Under)!


While preparing for my long-awaited summer vacation, I’ve been scoping out dresses since they’re just so easy to wear & coordinate with all of my favorite summer shoes. However, I know that maxi dresses are a big part of summer fashion & I wasn’t always a big fan of them on me- worried about the length since I’m on the shorter side & concerned with extra volume where I certainly don’t need it.

The shopping fairies have been on my side lately since I recently picked up 2 stylish maxi dresses, which inspired me to surf for some more suggestions online.  This includes the Speechless animal maxi dress ($23.99) from Kohl’s, which brings out the wild side of any Style Darling, especially when paired with metallic gladiator sandals or patent leather platforms. Next, the tie-back knit maxi dress ($24.99) from Charlotte Russe is perfect for paying homage to a Grecian-inspired look, as well as showing off your taste in accessories with a studded belt, stacked bangles, or glittery dangling earrings. I love the simplicity behind the Mossimo Supply Co. drawstring waist maxi dress ($24.99) from Target, as well as the summer-friendly hue, which will match with any nautical-inspired pieces like a canvas tote or boat shoes.

For my plus-size readers, I was so excited to find the garden goddess floral maxi dress ($24.80) from Forever 21, which makes a colorful & stylish statement with nude sandals & a patent clutch for a date night by the water. Lastly, I’m always a fan of classic black & white prints, especially the Love, Fire chevron stripe printed side slit tube dress ($19.99) @Loehmann’s, which will stand out in the crowd when coordinated with cork wedges, a beaded necklace, or studded envelope clutch.

Which maxi dress is more your style? Where are you shopping for maxi dresses this summer? For more posts on affordable fashion, check out cap toe pumps from Payless, my latest bargain purchase of summer dresses, Taylor Swift’s leggy look in London, & little white dresses inspired by Angelina Jolie & Kerry Washington! Happy Styling!

NYC Street Style: Flip Flops, Crops, & Summer Dresses Everywhere!


During a girls-only weekend in New York City, my best friend, Rosie, & I headed out for her birthday celebration, including a classy dinner at a Midtown Italian restaurant, Arno, & then we followed it up with some drinks at a West Village bar, Bobo with another friend.  When we were headed out & about the next day for brunch, we hit up the very modern & affordable West End Bar & Grill for some bellinis & fruit after spending some time in Central Park & before enjoying the final performance of Born Yesterday, starring Jim Belushi, Nina Arianda, & Robert Sean Leonard.

This excursion was nothing short of stylish as we spied the feats of fashion that were pounding the pavement during this very warm weekend.  The streets were covered in flip-flopped feet, laced up sneakers, & exposed embellished sandals, making it evident that heels aren’t necessarily on-trend for easy-going daytime activities.  Also, shorts, crops, tunic tops, tanks, & all sorts of summer dresses (long & short) were all the rage since being comfortable amid a humid day was key.  I put some outfit examples together, along with some key pieces like a flowy black & white skirtbeaded chandelier earrings, colorful drop earringsthick red bangle, or a pink stone ring that helped make this weekend quite the stylish one for not just me.

Don’t forget to find basic accessories for maxi dresses like hoop earrings or a braided belt, or perhaps some beads over a shift dress with canvas wedges.  At night, we saw tons of bejeweled sandals & bright nail polishes, as well as the casual on-lookers enjoying the ease of denim shorts & lightweight tees or animal print tops with metallic flip flops and colorful beaded bracelets. And there’s no way you can get away with a day in the city without some fierce sunglasses too!

There’s no specific code necessary to enjoy a summer weekend in the city, however, depending on where you’re headed, there may be a dress code.  Just enjoy yourself & all the varieties of looks that exist in your wardrobe. I always recommend stylish pieces in cotton, linen, & jersey to help beat the heat, as well as sensible shoes (which was a very hard lesson to relearn, in my case), like classic wedges or low heels so that you don’t destroy your feet. I know I’ve been inspired to mix up bright colors in ocean-inspired necklaces with basics & embrace flats or black woven sandals for more occasions when I’m likely to put on some heels.

When strolling around, carry something colorful like a floral clutch, striped wallet or a graphic shoulder bag to add a modern splash to your look.  What looks do you find most prominent when you visit New York City, or any other local happening city?  What do you like to pick out to wear?  See you soon New York!  Happy Styling!