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Casual Friday: Styling a Maxi Tank-Dress


I just bought this black maxi dress from Old Navy, and I was wondering if you could give me some tips on how style it.  I like that it’s so simple, but I’m hoping to be able to dress it up a bit.  Thanks, and I LOVE your blog!!


Maxi dresses are one of my favorite things for summer.  Why?  Because it’s nice to have a little extra fabric when the restaurants crank up the A/C.  Here are a couple of ways to style a simple tank dress.


From Left, Chloe Oversized Sunglasses ($98) // Stephanie Kantis Turquoise Necklace ($275) // Milly Oversized Clutch ($123) // Steve Madden Toe Ring Sandal ($59)

From Right, Shoptiques Tassel Scarf ($28) // Saks Emma Tote ($50) // Ray Ban Aviators ($150) // 1969 Denim Jacket ($69) // Fergalicious Sizzle Flat ($35)


Date Night.  The inspiration for this outfit comes courtesy of Jessica Alba.  I love the breezy maxi dress with the large, chunky necklace.

I’d never heard of this Stephanie Kantis line before, but I love the look of her large, airy chains.  If you’re looking for a turquoise necklace for under-$75, this Color Karma long necklace is hot.  It also comes in your choice of eight colors with different natural stones mixed in.

I went with an oversize clutch.  This Milly bag brings a nice lightness to the look.  I’m also feeling cork clutches for summertime.

For the hair, loose waves are perfect.  I like this tutorial from Not Your Standard.  Have shorter hair?  Cloudy with a Chance of Wine has collected the best YouTube tutorials out there.

Farmer’s Market.  The denim jacket is a highly underrated player in the summer wardrobe.  It’s the perfect thing for chilly evenings.  This Paige jacket looks great, and don’t miss this Tommy Hilfiger jacket for $69.  Plus-size?  Lane Bryant has you covered.

I love a tassled scarf with a maxi dress.  It just adds to the boho chic.  This one from Shoptiques is lovely.  I’m also a big fan of Kate Spade leopard-dot scarf.

A simple shopper tote and flat sandal complete the look.  I’m also feeling this grey hobo bag from Matt & Nat.

For the hair, a messy updo is always nice.  This “messy pretzel chignon” is a great updo.  I also like this twisted updo.


    1 comment

  1. Monica says:

    Belle do you consider a denim jacket a piece that you should spend a little money on to get a flattering cut, or a save type item? I see a few nice ones on ThredUp and one is Theory for a Theory price but a great look in black denim with knitted cuffs and hood, and another is GAP and more of a standard denim jacket look, boxy and blue.

    A lightweight jacket is great for our cool California evenings in the summer, but I’ve never been a fan of the blue denim type.

    June 19, 2015/Reply