Sunday, April 14, 2013

One Simple Black Maxi Dress, Four Fabulous Ways!

Now, we have all heard of the LBD (Little Black Dress) which is practically a staple in most women's wardrobes. Once the spring/summer season rolls around and you are looking for that perfect little something that is casual, chic and, versatile at the same time, in comes the black maxi dress. Maxi dresses have made a resurgence on the fashion scene with the ever so popular boho chic look that Rachel Zoe is credited for creating in the early 2000's and it has been going strong ever since! Every time the weather warms up, I look forward to wearing a maxi dress as they are comfortable and fashionably functional as they can be worn with just about anything and everything while still looking stylish.

Fortunately, for this upcoming season I will have my Me to We Style black Kismat Maxi Dress as my spring/summer go-to dress. Not only is the dress made of environmentally-friendly and sustainable fabrics such as bamboo viscose and organic cotton, but when you purchase Me to We Style products 50% of the annual revenue goes directly to Me to We Style's charity partner, Free the Children which is "an international charity and educational partner" that "empowers youth to remove barriers that prevent [young people] from being active local and global citizens". It feels pretty good knowing that when I wear my new favourite maxi dress that everything about it, from the construction (it was ethically made in Canada) to the style of it, are things that have a positive impact on the world from start to finish. Although not all of my wardrobe is as Earth conscious as this dress, I am glad that I now have at least one piece in my closet that is.

So as I plan my spring/summer wardrobe, here are some styles that I came up with that are ideal when  wearing this ultra-cozy, chic black maxi dress! Look on for some fashspiration (i.e. fashion + inspiration)!

Everyday Chic

On a day filled with running errands, meeting with friends/boyfriends and, going to appointments it is best to wear something that you know will easily be worn all day without the worry of wrinkles and discomfort. If you want to look fashionable even when you are rushing around all day, pairing this simple black maxi dress with a jean jacket, printed scarf and straw fedora, is a great way to do it! On a cool spring day, jean jackets are a cute way to stay warm if a cool breeze blows by, a colourful printed scarf adds some fun to the look and, the fedora is a stylish way to protect your face from the sun! No everyday look would be complete without a large, everyday tote and this one by Michael Kors does the trick!

Boho Beach-y Chic

Nothing stands out against black quite like a pop of neon! In any shade, bright colours when paired with the deep shade of black offer a fun juxtaposition that works perfectly for a day in the sun. When heading to the beach, I love to wear something that is easy to wear with plenty of flair, which made this bright red floppy hat fit in perfectly with the overall look. The large bag adds some texture that contrasts perfectly with the smooth fabric of the dress. For the jewelry, I chose to go with brightly coloured enamel bracelets and dainty necklaces like this Rafiki jewelry piece, which can be worn as a bracelet, anklet, headpiece or, necklace! To learn more about it, click here. This outfit makes me excited for a day in the sun!

Evening Wear Chic

Now in many cases, not all, jersey-like cotton blend knit clothing are not typically the type of fabric that you reach for when planning an outfit for an evening out, but in this case it works! When worn with a black boxy blazer, embroidered handbag and sparkly jewelry, this simple black maxi dress is taken to a whole other level of glamour and style. Wearing high heels with the long dress, helps elongate the figure, creating a very statuesque and beautiful look. I would wear this outfit to a more formal evening affair such as an engagement party, wedding reception or fabulous birthday party.

Fun Night Out Chic

Form-fitting faux leather jacket? Check. High heel strappy shoes that double as a pop of colour? Check. A tiny bag to carry all of the essentials for a night out? Check. A perfect stylish, comfy black dress to complete the whole look? Checkmate! When painting the town red, a black dress is almost always your best bet as a wardrobe choice as it can be classic, edgy and, glamorous on its own or sometimes all of those things at the same time. For this look, I wanted to go with a glam rock vibe. This outfit is ideal for when going to a concert or trying out the hot new spot in town!

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