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May 15, 2014

I'm obsessed with black maxi dresses.  I typically find a few styles that I love and I stick with them.  I might update the accessories a bit from season to season but overall my style really hasn't changed much in the past ten years.  One of my all-time favorite  date night outfits is a good black maxi dress and sandals.  Once the temperature starts cranking this breezy look never fails.

You might think it's counter-productive to wear more fabric when it's hot, but let me tell you, this hides your leg sweat and looks so darn chic.  I'm pretty tall, almost 5'9, so I can only wear a low wedge or flats with maxi's.  But I swear this look makes everyone look tall and skinny!

Speaking of shoes, I just noticed that my favorite go-to source, Tory Burch, is having a big 40% off seasonal sale.  Be sure to head over here to score some great deals on my favorite splurge.



I think I paid $40 for this dress about eight years ago.  I wore it through two pregnancies and countless nights out.  It can go super casual or pretty dressy depending on how you style your hair.  A top knot and flip flops (currently on sale here and also on major sale here) would totally transform this look.  My green wallet is old but they have a similar color this year here.

I've got my eye set on finding a new one as this one is starting to show some wear and it will obviously be a good investment in my wardrobe.  I've searched around a bit online to gather my top picks so you can shop them below.  These are all very inexpensive options as well so you won't feel guilty ordering one!






I'm also excited to be featured on my friend Sara's blog today. So hop on over to A DOSE OF PRETTY if you haven't already and check it out!  If you're not familiar with Sara yet, you will be surely be smitten on arrival.  Girl has killer taste and can style a vignette like no other.  Her round-ups are always spot on and her inta-feed is one of the prettiest out there.  She's also a badass graphic designer so everything she touches is aesthetically pleasing.  One of my favorites.

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21 comments:

  1. Gorgeous my sweet friend and nothing is better than a good black dress! That one looks amazing on you!

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  2. love the top on this dress! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  3. Hot mama! You look amazing!

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  4. HOT!!!!! Picture number 6, frame it!!!

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  5. You look awesome! And thanks for the sweetest of words and for the shout out!
    xo,
    Sara

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  6. Love that dress!!!! You look gorge!

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  7. What a pretty dress, you look beautiful!

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  8. Love that dress, what a great find!!

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  9. Gorgeous dress! The neckline is perfect,you can dress it up or down! Maxi's are so easy, they're my go-to.

    Xo-L
    simplylowcountry.com

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  10. Can we talk about how gorgeous you look?! I love a good maxi dress too, hoping I can wear them throughout this pregnancy to avoid buying many maternity clothes!!

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  11. I have a dress very similar to this, and I absolutely love it! You look gorgeous! xo

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  12. Your style posts are amazing. I really can't stand these bloggers who are constantly posting their purchases for the week (who needs 4 pairs of Rag and Bone Booties?!) and seem to be going into major debt. You seem realistic and classically stylish. So refreshing.

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  13. So pretty--I know you remarked on Monday how awkward you feel when posing, well it doesn't show through at all! You look so cute, I can see why you have worn that maxi many times! Dresses are the best for hot weather! I also checked out your Mommies Behind the Blog and loved what you said!

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  14. You look like a total babe in that dress! I just got my first solid black maxi and I've been living in it, such a great piece.

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  15. Ah! Love this look! Fabulous and simple/chic! xoxo

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  16. You look amazing in that dress! So fab!

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  17. I love it, Julie and the pop of green in the wallet is perfect! Nothing like a black maxi…

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  18. How darn cute are you! Of course I just spent 15 minutes looking at maxi dresses at Nordstrom....pusher!

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  19. Cute dress! So glad you were able to get lots of use out of it!

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