I’m back y’all! I apologize for the Spring hiatus but to be honest: 1- BOSTON HAD NO SPRING SEASON, I was in a Parka until mid-June, and 2- I had to get my professional life in check, i.e., became a licensed attorney….. so now that I’ve got that squared away, it’s time to talk summer style! Now y’all know I’m a Florida girl thus, if there’s one season I KNOW how to dress for, it’s SUMMER. So trust me on this one!
For my first post of the summer season, I had to start with the essentials:
THE MAXI DRESS
The maxi, a long-length style dress has been a summer staple of mine for years, it’s ideal for the hot summer months. I have fond memories of roasting all day on the beach with my girls only to get home and discover my parents decided we’d be dining out. Now, to be honest, my Dad’s patience runs thin when he’s hungry (I really have no room to talk, I get hangry myself) so I know I have limited time to pull together an outfit. That’s when I undoubtedly toss on a maxi dress. Call me crazy but, I believe with the proper undergarments, this style dress is flattering for all ages, all body types, and all heights. Maxis take minimal effort and because longer hemlined dresses are usually associated with formal occasions, even the most basic cotton maxi dress can have you feeling like a queen!
My current favorite is the black maxi dress pictured by Abound, I picked it up at the Newbury Street Nordstrom Rack for under $20.00. It’s made out of rayon and spandex and after 20 plus wears and washes it has not faded or shrunk (thank you, Jesus)! I usually prefer the floor-grazing maxis like the one here which can easily be kicked up a notch with cute wedges or booties but I also have a few more formfitting maxis that fall just above the ankles and have high slits on both sides. You can transition maxis into the fall season by pairing them with a light bomber jacket or cardigan as well. Whatever your preference, there’s a maxi dress for ALL.
Now I’ll be honest, ten years ago the only time you’d catch me wearing slides would be prior to a soccer game (yes, I use to be an athlete LOL). Up until recently, I’ve always associated slip-on sandals with athletics, however, since Celine’s Spring 2013 runway show featuring casual slip-on sandals, I’ve found myself slowing falling for the trend. Okay, who am I kidding, I’ve purchased 4 pairs of slides this season alone.
The Dolce Vita X Target pair pictured I scooped up last winter for $5.68, cheap, likely because there is absolutely ZERO need for slides in December here. Not only is this style comfortable, it makes any look appear chic (in my opinion), it’s a step up from basic flip flops, yet it’s the same minimalistic, casual concept. I’ve linked some similar options for y’all.
Now that the harsh, cold, horrific, cold, miserable, dark, did I mention COLD, winter days are over, I don’t have to lug around gloves, a scarf, or a beanie and THUS, I can downsize my purses. This Loeffler Randall “Junior Work Tote” is my current go-to. It’s the ideal size and versatile, comfortably fitting my sunglasses (and the chunky cases they come in), makeup bag, and a snack (I’m always packing snacks). I snagged it during a killer sale at Lord & Taylor but I’ve linked the same bag in black here.
I’ll advise going with a small tote during the summer months because the less things touching (or sticking) to your body when it’s hot and humid the better! Look for a small tote with not only double top handles, but also a shoulder strap like this one. So comfortable and light, you’ll forget you’re even carrying anything!