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!

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