maxi dress and mountains

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Hello, readers! My apologies for the delay in posting! I was at a family wedding over the past week/weekend. It was such a lovely and beautiful event, completely filled with love and joy. Below are two of my pics from the road trip there:

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Now I’m back in Chicago and back to the daily grind. This is my maxi dress and mountains look- perfect for summer, if you ask me!

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Dress: Forever 21 ($24)

Blazer: thrift ($5)

Tank top: Mango (had it for ages! can’t remember the price!)

Shoes: Crocs ($40 marked down from $60) available here

Necklace: Forever 21 ($3)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) Omg! Can you believe these shoes are Crocs? Umm, they are. I don’t believe Crocs make it to the fashion blog scene very often, but I have to say, these shoes really don’t look like Crocs and are seriously comfortable. In fact, I walked 10 straight miles, in Disney world no less, with zero foot pain (which is unusual for me, since my heels will generally start to hurt). For long summer days and vacation, I think these sandals are a great option for looking stylish and still comfortable. They remain on sale and can be viewed via the above link. 

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2) I cannot say it enough- slips are pretty much essential for maxi dresses. Most summer maxi dresses are unlined, and therefore, definitely require a slip. I prefer my slip dress to basically all slips. It’s the easiest to wear due to being a full dress slip, and doesn’t add too much layer/heat to any outfit. Slips are pretty easy to find via places like TJ Maxx and Marshall’s. Many are available at undergarment specialty stores, but tend to get quite pricey! I recommend finding one at a discount shop, since you won’t really need it often and it doesn’t need to fit like a glove anyway! 

Has anyone else tried out Crocs? Loving? Hating? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so very much!

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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!