With life feeling like it’s on fast-forward, we often find ourselves having to run from the office to a night out without just a few minutes to freshen up. Being able to go home and get ready is becoming a luxury, but that doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice style. A little pre-planning can take your look from day to night with just a few tweaks.
The key to looking like you took hours to pamper yourself is choosing a piece that’s a shape-shifter. A long sleeved maxi dress is ideal for transitioning from a chic daytime look to stylish evening style. Go from your cubical to happy hour without any obstacles. Here’s how to do it:
A few wardrobe essentials can effortlessly transform your look from day to night. All you need to plan are your layering pieces, shoes, and accessories.
- Pair your maxi dress with a comfortable layering piece that’s perfect for the office or errands. A relaxed blazer, distressed denim jacket, or slouchy cardigan will do the trick.
- Keep the accessories to a minimum; the workday doesn’t need a soundtrack. Your colleagues won’t always appreciate how cute your noisy bangles are. Accessorize your outfit with a gold timepiece that will stick with you at night. Choose a cross body bag instead of a tote that can also double as a clutch, if need be.
When the sun goes down
This is where your layering piece will be working two shifts. Whether you’ve chosen a denim jacket, a slouchy cardigan, or a relaxed blazer, all of these choices can be dolled up for your evening look. Score!
Swap your flat boots for a pair of stacked booties. If your plans are a little fancier, choose a bootie with a thin high heel to dress up your look even more. A change of shoes will instantly transform your outfit.
Now, the bangles can come out to play. Conclude your busy day and take on the night with a statement necklace, your favorite arm candy, and that go-to cross-body bag.
If you want to take it a step further, keep a tube of dark lipstick in your bag. Going from a nude lip to a sultry deep red will make all the difference. Cheers!
A soft melon in an on-trend ombre will look both lovely and stylish at your summer soirée. Young, Fabulous & Broke Fortune Maxi Dress also has a great v-strap detail on the back to really turn heads! Now that’s how you make a statement in pastels!
Wow them in stripes with a great find like Lemieux’s Striped Dress. With a halter neckline and back keyhole cut-out, this maxi dress is the perfect antidote to your end of summer blues. Featuring a cinched waist and mini slit, this dress is bound to flatter almost every body type.
You can’t go wrong in a LWD (a little WHITE dress that is). French Connection Sunflower Dress has a great flared skirt and summery eyelet design perfect for the last few days of warm weather.
Try out a great print to stand out from the crowd. Forever 21’s Abstract Watercolor Maxi Dress features bold patterns in soft colors perfect for day or night. Plus at less than $25, it’s practically a steal!
Going to a beach party? You’ll want something light and breezy. Karen Kane Smocked Maxi Dress feels sophisticated in all black but the touch of black and white tie-dye at the hem adds a relaxed fun feel, great for warm summer nights!
A dainty floral dress is the ultimate spring accessory. Light and airy, it will instantly brighten your mood with it’s girly appeal. Warning: The following dresses may cause you to spin in circles and smile uncontrollably…
Short and Sweet
A floral sundress can easily take you from afternoon tea to a your best friends engagement party. RED Valentino Georgette Dress is feminine and sweet with a semi sheer upper bodice, tie waistline, and fit and flare silhouette. For a bolder take on florals, look for richer colors, bigger prints, and a few cool accessories never hurt to bring the look together.
C. Luce Poppy Fit N Flare is a great option with embroidered organza, a scallop hem, all in a vibrant poppy hue. Here it’s paired with a statement necklace and booties to add a little toughness to this floral number. Want to sweeten it up? replace the boots with nude strappy sandals and swap out the statement necklace for something a little more delicate.
Maximum Garden Party Appeal
How can you go wrong in a long head to toe floral dress? Try darker colors for an elegant look perfect for grabbing a few drinks with friends. We love the Sabine Knit Maxi Dress with a V-front neckline, ruching detail, and an all over floral print of blacks and reds with pops of indigo.
For a daytime affair, a water-colored floral print adds just the right touch of whimsy. Rhyme Los Angeles Venna Painted Ladies Floral Maxi Dress with a scoop neckline, back cutout detail with button closures, and a soft floral print is the perfect dress for a day at the museum, brunch with friends, or even a fairy tale afternoon wedding.
Summer dresses are the perfect light weight option for walking around town, lunch with friends, and running errands. They are soft, comfortable and come in maternity sizes as well.
Jessica Simpson’s Cap Sleeve Tie Detail Maternity Maxi Dress is a double whammy. Both comfortable and cute with a v-nck and a tie detail it’s sure to be one of your favorites!
Feel beautiful no matter how far along you are in your pregnancy with a high low dress. Motherhoood’s Strapless Empire Waist Maternity Dress comes in a flattering black and white stripe and shows just a little bit of leg.
Add a little color to your spring wardrobe with Rachel Pally’s Sleeveless Empire Waist Maternity Maxi Dress. In a jersey knit, this maxi dress screams spring with bold colors in a flattering print. Perfect for a garden party or brunch with friends.
When celebrities are strolling down the red carpet or out in the public eye at an event, they have their designer outfits planned, as well as the perfect accessories. However, when the paparazzi snap a photo of them on the street, it can be flattering or not dependent on what they left the house in that day.
One guy who always seems to look classic is Leonardo DiCaprio, who was photographed out on the street in Australia recently. He has on a great muted plaid suit in a slate blue that has a tailored fit, crisp white shirt, and a matching solid tie. Leonardo made a great color selection to bring out the blue in his eyes.
Another celebrity to be caught on the street is Fashion Designer Rachael Zoe and her son Skyler. She exemplifies the word ‘fashion’ with her flowing black maxi dress, motorcycle-style woven grey and black jacket, and over-sized round shades. She even gets points for coordinating her son Skyler’s cool outfit with his black knit cap, grey and black graphic t-shirt, black trousers and boots.
The next celebrity street style is Kanye West, who was sporting a calf-length fur coat on his arrival to attend the Givenchy Men’s Fall/Winter 2014 fashion show. Fur is one of the hottest trends of the year and Kanye jumps right in with this coat. He manages to keep it casual with the oversized, hooded grey sweatshirt, slim black leather pants, and lace-up boots. Admittedly, the boots miss their mark – Kanye, you should know better and check out a retailer like Cavells for a bit more chic footwear!
The last two fashionable street strollers are Paris and Nicky Hilton. Paris has on a great charcoal woven topper jacket with leopard accents and Nicky’s mixed media Pea Coat, chain detailed purse, and liquid leggings are rocking the streets.
Maxi dresses are one of the super trends this summer. While they’re a great stand-alone piece, when utilized properly, the maxi dress can become extremely versatile. From beach cover-up to office wear, this blog post will show you how to maximize the ways to rock maxi dresses, care of the collection at SammyDresses.