My Summer Favorite ~ The Maxi Dress

Thanks to its breezy silhouette, an extensive range of prints, and a wide spectrum of colors, maxi dresses pretty much double as cover-ups once summer rolls around. But when styled correctly, a maxi dress does not have to be worn exclusively at the beach…it can be given a street-chic appeal for a lunch with the ladies, a BBQ with friends or date night with your man. Combined with its ground-grazing length, the effect is dramatic. For photographic proof, I have rounded up our favorite street-style snaps that have you reaching for your maxi dress!

Here are some of my looks in a maxi dress ~

8 Ways to Wear a White Blazer

~ Basic Tee
~ Bright Colors & Stripes
 ~ Chambray
~ Floral
~ Message Tee
~ Maxi Dress
~ Office Look
~ All Over Black
Inspiration from Pinterest.

Wearing Hot Pink

I am a huge fan of hot pink. It is bold, lively and very versatile (yes versatile). Pairing hot pink with neutrals is an awesome idea. The real key is making this vibrant color work for YOU. So whether you like a smokin’ hot pink dress paired with classic black stilettos, a chic bright pink blouse paired with a statement necklace, or simply a pink lip, this attention grabbing color can work with anyone’s wardrobe. If you are not of the faint of heart, hot pink looks great mixed with statement jewelry! I love how bold this look below is. Just keep the rest of the outfit neutral with dark wash jeans and nude flats.
You can look effortlessly chic in bright pink skinny jeans. Keep the rest of the look very clean and simple, so your pants really stand out!
Go bold with a hot pink clutch. This works especially great with a summer tan or for women with darker skin tones. It is a look that is sure to get you noticed.
The trench coat is versatile, you can wear it over a casual outfit for an every day occasion or in the evening over an elegant dress.
Inspiration from Pinterest.

What to Wear with White Jeans

If you have ever stood in a dressing room with a pair of stunning white jeans on, you know just how alluring and magical they can be. They look devastating sexy, sophisticated yet casual, and flattering on just about any body shape. What more could a girl want, right? Unfortunately, wearing them in public involves a little more than just promising not to spill anything on them. You need some outfit assembling prowess, or you can just follow my tips on wearing white denim. First of all, do not be afraid to break the “after Memorial day / before Labor day” rules. You can definitely wear white denim early on in the spring season by pairing your jeans with a darker top.

Accessories are one of the easiest ways to update an outfit. You can pair your favorite denim jeans with a knit top and an eye catching statement necklace in a bold color. This also helps if you are a little color shy and want to ease into spring.

Cropped jeans are perfect for welcoming the warmer weather. You can easily dress them up with a pair of heels or down with flats.

White always works well with a blouse or tank in a fun print or bright color. Remember, you do not have to spend big bucks to spruce up your spring wardrobe.
Inspiration from Pinterest.

What Gretchen Wore

When I find a piece that really works for me, I tend to purchase it in multiples.  I have another maxi dress almost like this (see blog from May 8)….same brand, purchased at JCP.  I just love the cut of the top half, and it is so comfortable.  Plus over the weekend, I found it was on sale!


Outfit Ideas for Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day is right around the corner, which means the official start of summer is here!!  I do not think I could be more excited to be diving into my favorite season of the year. Bring on the beach days, backyard barbecues and after work happy hours! Whether you have your Memorial Day Weekend plans set in stone or are still trying to figure out how you will be spending the long weekend, one thing is certain: You will want to have your first official outfit of the summer season nailed down. No matter where you find yourself celebrating, these styling suggestions will have you looking perfectly polished for any long weekend occasion.

Backyard BBQ ~

Chances are good that you will be attending a barbecue of some kind during the upcoming holiday weekend. Luckily, dressing for such an event is easy as pie… Grab your favorite sundress, flowy shorts, or silky pants and add a hat and sandals. You will want to be wearing fabric that is comfortable and casual, as a BBQ does not require playing dress up.


Afternoon Garden Party ~ 

This holiday weekend is the perfect time of year to spend time outdoors enjoying the last of our beautiful spring blooms. So if you have a special outdoor event on your calendar (like a bridal shower or baby shower), you have every excuse to get a little dressed up for the occasion.


Inspirations from Pinterest.