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Class to Night Out: Maxi Dress


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Do you struggle with transforming your outfits from day to night? Don’t worry, CF is here to help turn that daily annoyance into a fun challenge. This column will focus on one piece per week, and teach you how to take your look from study sessions in the library to dancing the night away.

Although maxi dresses are a summer weather staple, they can be tricky to wear. I always feel like I’m dressing up in a hippie costume, which is not exactly my definition of stylish.

However, the right maxi dress can make you look like a total goddess, whether you’re keeping things casual or dressing up. This week, I’ll be showing you how to style a bold maxi dress with a cinched waist (which creates that must-have waist definition) for a day in the classroom and a night on the town.

Maxi Dress: Class

how to wear an orange maxi dress for day with beige cardigan brown wedges gold braided bracelet gold layered necklace and colorblocked tote bag
Dress, Cardigan, Bag, Bracelet, Necklace, Wedges

For daytime, cover up with a short sleeved wrap cardigan. This tones down the bold color of the dress (which I’m in love with) for the classroom, but still provides a breezy, beachy vibe.

Channel your inner goddess by accessorizing with gold jewelry, like a simple but stunning braided bracelet and layered gold necklaces. Strappy wedge sandals give you a little lift so you don’t feel like your dress is dragging along on the ground. Complete the look by choosing a bag with a subtle pop of color – the hint of mint in this tote encompasses the airy, carefree feel of this outfit.

Maxi Dress: Night Out

how to wear an orange maxi dress for night with black gladiator sandals black clutch gold chandelier earrings black and gold multi stringed necklace and teal nail polish
Dress, Clutch, Earrings, Necklace, Sandals, Nail Polish

Since this dress is one solid color, accessorizing is crucial for dressing it up. Go for a gold and black theme for a look that’s effortlessly sophisticated. Try a layered gold and black necklace to give the outfit more structure, and gold chandelier earrings for a touch of elegance. A plain black clutch with gold accents amps up the simple-but-chic look, while black gladiator sandals keep things from getting too over-the-top. Finally, add a pop of color by painting your nails a gorgeous bright teal.

Your thoughts?

How do you style your maxi dresses? When do you wear them? Be sure to leave a comment letting me know what you think of the outfits, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Posted on on May 11, 2012 / Filed Under: Fashion Tips / Tags: , , , , ,

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15 Responses to “Class to Night Out: Maxi Dress”

  1. 1
    May 11th, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Nice outfits! I would usually use maxi dresses to the beach, but your outfits are a great idea, they look more put-together. These outfits are also my style, like boho-chic with the sandals and the wedges. I really like this post!

  2. 2
    May 11th, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    One word: LOVE.

  3. 3
    May 11th, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    Haha I’m wearing a maxi dress today! Love how you styled it! I wore my royal blue maxi today with a black short sleaved cardigan, black gladiator sandals and some cute studs:) Great post!

  4. 4
    May 11th, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    Love these outfits. Nice job :]

  5. 5
    May 11th, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    The key for a ‘sleek’ look is to go for simple colours with NO extra details (so no ‘tiers’/ ruffles that makes it look too ‘boho’, and none of that cheap smocking around the chest area that gives you the awful uni-boob!)

    Instead, go for a straight up & down (or very slightly flared) silhouette for a flattering look. So basically, choose a maxi like this one haha!

    I find that a simple maxi like this works so well that I can even wear it to work (albeit in black) =D

  6. 6
    May 11th, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    I have to find a maxi dress that will not eat me. I cannot wear sleeveless clothing to school, but tee-shirt maxis can look strange.

  7. 7
    May 11th, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    I really want to wear my new maxi skirt on a night out, but it’s pink chiffon and I’m worried that it’ll get dirty! :/

  8. 8
    May 11th, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    I love, love, love maxi dresses!

  9. 9
    May 11th, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    I love maxi dresses, and I love the outfit you put together!

  10. 10
    May 12th, 2012 at 5:34 am

    I love the floral maxi in the top left picture! Love the sleeves and the more structured neckline and detailed hem, but all I can ever seem to find in stores are floppy, cotton things with tank straps, usually cut too low in the front to be worn to class or work. Can y’all do a post on different types of maxi dresses, maybe? Say, black ones, beachy/cotton ones, sleeved ones, nicer-fabric ones? That’d be great. Also, does anyone sell maxis in Petite lengths?

  11. 11
    May 12th, 2012 at 11:13 am

    I love these outfits! I’ve never really worn anything orange, but you’ve inspired me to give it a try.

  12. 12
    May 12th, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    I really love this look. I have issues wearing maxi dresses, just because I feel like I”m a little too short and get swallowed up. However, I love both of these looks, especially the one for class.

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