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Weekend Outfit Inspiration: Floral and Feminine Maxi Dress

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Showers, brunches, graduations, there are a million reasons you might need a dress this spring, so this month we are featuring a variety of options for different personal styles and occasions. 

When I need to get dressed for springtime weekend events, I always want to do the opposite of what I wear to work. I swap out a structured sheath for something with movement and maybe even some pattern, like this high low maxi in a gorgeous seasonal print.

Last year I wore something similar to my sister-in-laws bridal shower and I loved it so much. It felt special yet comfortable. 

Traditional maxi dresses are long and flowy. They are ideal for warm vacation getaways since you can throw them in your suitcase and dress them up or down once you reach your destination.  

They can, however, can be limiting. If you are petite, you might feel like the dress overwhelms you, like there is too much fabric. If you are tall, like me, you might struggle to find a dress with enough length.

But a high-low maxi can work for just about anyone. 


Weekend Outfit Inspiration: Floral Maxi Dress

Dress, $148  |  Sandal, $45  |  Clutch, $79  |  Earrings, $18  |  Blazer, $78 

There is a lot to like about this sweet dress. A high-low hem allows the dress to beautifully swing when you walk; it also helps elongate your leg. This one is cut on the diagonal and follows the line of a wrap – also incredibly flattering.  It’s available in two colors: blue (above) and a pale blush in sizes up to an XXL which fits about a size 14

Plus size? This option by Eliza J is lovely.  Petite, check out this one with a similar hem line

If your event is in a place of worship, the short sleeves are a nice touch. If you want to an additional layer, you could carry a lightweight wrap, throw on a denim jacket for a casual vibe, or add a blazer. Here, I used the Eliza J one button jacket. A structured blazer paired with a feminine dress is a fun way to create some contrast. 

Assuming some of your day will be outside, we used a wedge in a white so your heels don’t get caught in the grass.  These under $50 shoes are available at DSW

For earrings, these white resin hoops are pretty and under $20 – perfect. Finally, I wanted a straw clutch, something that would add a texture. I found this adorable option, with a tilted pineapple closure, at Nordstrom.  It’s synthetic, so it will be more sturdy than straw but gives the same, if not more polished, effect. 

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Weekend Outfit Inspiration: Floral and Feminine Maxi Dress

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Megan Kristel

Megan Kristel is an entrepreneur, working mom, and former personal stylist. Tired of the one-dimensional portrayal of women online, she founded The Well Dressed Life as a resource for other professional women.

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Saturday 20th of April 2019

Can you PLEASE do a post on summer handbags? I want something light enough for summer activities like but durable enough to last so I'm not wasting money. I've been looking for what seems like ages and have had no luck :(

Mary Allegra

Friday 5th of April 2019

Hi Ms Megan I’m a professional granny, aged 77, I love your style and styling tips Thanks for sharing your acumen with all of us I am interested in so many of the items you feature, if not for myself, certainly for my two (fifty or so ) daughters THANKYOU and U GO GIRL


Friday 5th of April 2019

This is absolutely gorgeous!

Megan Kristel

Friday 5th of April 2019

Thanks Maddy!