Nothing new here... but the number one item in my 2013 spring/summer minimalist wardrobe is my new maxi dress. Figure hugging formal dresses make me feel anxious and body conscious but the floatiness of a maxi dress feels liberating and lets me connect with my inner boho goddess. In a maxi dress I can feel glamorous but also relaxed.
A maxi dress can transport you, whatever your age or size, to a dreamy fashion heaven where the size of your bum or muffin top are a distant memory. And you don't even have to shave your legs! Best worn with flats, you can feel relaxed whatever the occasion, a glamorous onesie if there is such a thing.
My biggest fear with a minimalist wardrobe is that I've got nothing to wear feeling for a big night out. With a May birthday party looming I decided to treat myself to a new maxi dress knowing it would be my go-to outfit for any nights out or summer events over the next three months. I will wear it to my friend's May birthday party, on holiday, for our July wedding anniversary and to any other summer occasions that are blessed with good weather. My minimalist wardrobe has to be versatile and hard wearing but I also need an easy but celebratory outfit for special occasions. And if I love it who cares how many times I wear it? This is a definite change of attitude for me, having the confidence to wear an outfit over and over again.
So, how do you style a maxi dress?
It's up to you, really. Flats definitely, although wedges/heels also work. I think maxi dresses can leave you feeling a little Mumsy or frumpy so a belt can add definition and reference your figure. I'm not that comfortable wearing belts normally but I think they work with a maxi. And cardigans, wraps and jackets can also help with cool summer evenings.
So, grab a maxi dress and go go summer!
dress – M&S
sandals – 3 years old, local boutique
necklace – charity shop
belt – charity shop
Any maxi dress lovers out there or do they leave you feeling frumpy?