Thursday, 10 May 2012

{from day to night} maxi skirts and dresses

I fell in love with this particular maxi skirt after seeing it in a post on shut up i love that shirt on you. In fact I fell so much in love that I ended up ordering it. (Other reasons: Old Navy was having a big online sale, it was late at night, and I have little self control. Yeah, all of those.)

So in celebration of that little nocturnal shopping spree, here are a couple different ways in which maxi length skirts and dresses could be styled.
white top: monki, teal bracelet: bloomingdales, coral bracelet: h&m, mint clutch: fossil, mint strap sandals: wallis, maxi skirt: old navy, blazer: aritzia
grey tank: miss selfridge, neon pink necklace: asos, gold sequin clutch: etsy, gladiator sandals: bank

A causal white tee, layered bracelets, a clutch, and strappy sandals are the fundamental pieces in the first daytime outfit. These accessories are really simple, yet I think they work well with the skirt without being too matchy-matchy. Plus stacked bracelets are always great in the summer.

A general rule of thumb with maxis is to wear something fitted on top in order to offset the large amount of fabric on the bottom. But tucking any loose shirt into the waist of a maxi can still create balance, all while preventing the "bag lady" look. (I can't pull off the Mary-Kate.)

I've always liked the idea of pairing a blazer with a maxi skirt, but I was afraid it would look too boxy or formal. However, they ended up looking so cute together on Polyvore that it kind of happened anyway.

headband: debenhams, crochet cardigan: amazon, pink clutch: rebecca minkoff, patterned bangle: bloomingdales, wedges: h&m, maxi dress: quicksilver, jean jacket: madewell, rope bangle: monsoon, rock ring: bcbgeneration, knit scarf: monsoon, fringe bag: asos, bow sandals: abercrombie and fitch

This daytime look is bright. Sometimes it's just fun to wear a bunch of vibrant colors layered on top of one another, especially during spring and summer. (But what I'm loving most is the neon pink Rebecca Minkoff Mini M.A.C. Clutch. Oh la la!)

Also loving the idea of wedges with this outfit. They are so feminine, and they can literally take your outfit to new heights. (So cheesy.)

The evening accessories are darker and more muted. Well, in comparison to the daytime neon shades they are. It's my hope that these subdued hues help the bright dress transition seamlessly into nighttime wear.

There's also a lot more texture within the second look generating visual interest and depth. The fringe of the bag, the jaggedness of the ring, and the chunky knit of the scarf all contribute to create an eye-catching, unique look. As least I hope they do.


That's everything! Now if only I could get all these pieces to go from my computer screen, immediately into my closet.

Someone should invent a way to do that.

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