maxed out

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When Lucky contributors were asked to participate in a posting about a Dasani challenge that requested “showing your summer colors,” I jumped on the opportunity. Readers, you know I LOVE bold colors and prints. This maxi dress by Mimi Chica is no exception! I found this lovely asymmetrical maxi dress at my favorite consignment shop for $16!

I added my favorite platform heels. These lovely platforms were on ‘yellow sticker’ clearance at DSW for $12!

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I then added a Coach wristlet.

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And, lastly, a bracelet that was a gift from my parents from Africa.

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This dress has a beautiful front and back detail with a ruffle/drape in the front and back.

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If there was not such a crazy heat wave here, I would have worn my cardigan. I had it with me for inside my office, but otherwise left it off outside.

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With my accessories chosen and cardigan in tow, my summer look was complete!

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Dress: Mimi Chica ($16 marked down from approx $52 via consignment)

Shoes: Jellypop at DSW ($12 marked down from $60)

Cardigan: Banana Republic ($18 marked down from $70)

Bracelet: gift from Africa

Wristlet: Coach ($81 marked down from $108)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I was really unsure about wearing a maxi dress to work. I read some articles that said this was a definite no, and others that it was a definite yes. I decided to just try it out for myself. When paired with a cardigan, this dress was a definite yes at work, in my opinion.

In looking through other posts and my experience, I would argue that maxi dresses are appropriate in many work settings, but that fabric is an important factor. The more beach-y, soft cotton dresses may not be appropriate for work. This dress, however, was a cotton/linen blend, and thus was a little more formal looking. Additionally, the cut of the dress was tailored at the waist and layered at the front and back. The cut also added to the formal appearance versus maxi dresses that are more like long t-shirts.

2) This outfit was a nice blend of high/low pieces. The statement piece, the dress, was found on consignment at a great price. The shoes were found on clearance during winter. The ‘high’ piece was definitely the Coach wristlet, though even it was still on sale! You guys know by now, if you’ve been following the blog, that even when you’re mixing high and low, you can still find most pieces on sale, if not clearance.

Thanks for stopping by, readers!

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12 thoughts on “maxed out

  1. Love the dress, but love the accessories even more. And those shoes!!
    Altogether a great outfit. well done! B x

    • Thank you! I got the shoes as soon as I saw them! They are surprisingly very comfortable, though perhaps it is because they are platforms, so pretty easy on your feet! Thank you for visiting 🙂 xo from Chicago

  2. I’ve a teensy bit hesitant about hopping aboard the maxi dress trend train but I really love the print of this dress! And that coach clutch really is the perfect complement to it – juuuust matchy enough but not kitschy. 100% approval rating from this girl!

    xx,

    j. parker

    • I’m totally with you about the maxi dress. I was really on the fence, especially at work. I had to find one that suited my style, and eventually found this one! For me, it was in the tailoring so I didn’t look overwhelmed by the amount of fabric. Thank for you visiting and for commenting!! hugs from Chicago

  3. I asked myself the same question about the Maxi dress at work, I’m glad you wrote this post. I agree material makes it office appropriate. Great thrifted find, the dress is great! Good luck on the challenge! Very exciting!

    ~Jamie

    • I’m glad I was not the only one who was confused about the maxi dress/work question. So many posts said definitely no…definitely yes, I really didn’t know what to do! Once I tried this one on, though, I knew it was totally okay for work! Thanks for your support :)!

  4. The maxi dress is absolutely gorgeous! It looks like it would keep you cool as well from the lightweight fabric. LOVE it & the Coach wristlet bag too. You have such a good eye!

    • Thank you! It is amazingly cool for summer, but still formal, which is ideal for summer work clothes, right?! And thank you, I think fashion and style are a great form of self expression and expressing creativity- kind-of like a human canvas! 🙂
      Thank you for commenting and visiting!

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