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How To Take Your Maxi Dresses From Summer To Fall

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Unless you live in a year-round tropical place some things, like bikinis and sarongs, need to be retired at the end of summer. But just because it’s starting to get a bit chilly, doesn’t mean you have to pack up some of your warm weather favorites. Adding in a few cold-weather accessories extends the life of your summer faves (like your maxi dresses) and gives you a much larger fall wardrobe to boot! So get creative with your layering, try out the unexpected, and you might be in for a lovely surprise.

In this edition, I wanted to show you how to take the ever so comfortable and versatile maxi dress from summer to fall.

Maxi Dresses in the Summer

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This knit maxi dress from Styles For Less was perfect during the summer months. It was lightweight and breathable, great for beating the heat in style. I loved it paired with flat leather sandals and a woven hat – chic and summery, but still a bit edgy. Side Note: what I love most about maxi dresses in the summer is that they are lightweight enough to wear during the day and the heat, but adding a cropped jacket or blazer can easily dress it up for the night.

Maxi Dresses in the Fall…

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It’s all about layering in fall, and to take my maxi dresses into the colder months, I switch out my summer accessories for some that are more cold-weather appropriate. Black booties took the place of sandals and my woven hat was replaced by a cool clutch. To stay warm, I layered a cashmere dress over the maxi, long enough to stay warm but short enough to have the hem of my dress show through. You can also wear it with a cropped sweater and add stockings or leggings if it’s really cold. To give this look an additional warm twist, add in a leather biker jacket or military style coat.  If you really want to “fall it up” you can switch out the black for other fall appropriate colors: browns, burgundies, burnt oranges, deep purples, and my new favorite the army green.

Photos by Andy Viernes

Sasha Moyer
Hi everyone, Sasha here! I am a freelance stylist and art director, and former editor at StyleBistro.com. I recently co-founded Adela Mei, an online fashion boutique for Petite Women where I am the creative director. I was born in New York, raised in Hong Kong and Manila, and love to travel! I add an international and cosmopolitan flair to whatever I do - you can see it in my modern and experimental style. When I’m not working, I’m an obsessive shoe collector and unabashed lover of fashion, horses and French bulldogs. I currently live in San Francisco where I spend most of my free time exploring the city with my cute Frenchie, riding my horse and of course - shopping up a storm.