The Mystical Magic of Maxi Dresses

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by Valerie Davenport Photography

Last Spring, I had the fun privilege of journeying through Italy with my husband and kids. We toured museums in Florence, rode a gondola in Venice, were awed by the Coliseum in Rome, and enjoyed the beaches and cuisine of the Amalfi Coast. And of course, I shopped. A LOT.

One of my favorite finds was this black embroidered maxi dress from a boutique in Sorrento. I loved wearing all summer over a little tank dress, but when the time came to stow my hot weather maxis and minis and pull out my Fall wardrobe, I balked at tucking this pretty piece away.

Why not just make it work for Fall, I thought? Easy-peasy, with a little inspiration from Stevie Nicks’ style and a fab hat from SWANK BOUTIQUE! Skip the sandals – brr! – and opt for tall cozy boots. I love the bell sleeves on this dress; that style is definitely trending for Fall, and it’s easy to layer a fitted long-sleeved top underneath for more warmth (like these styles from Uniqlo!), or a pair of long gloves or arm-warmers.

Do you maxi in the colder months? Tell me your favorite transitional pieces in the comments below!

fall maxi dress fashion stylespygirlHat: SWANK Boutique / Dress: Italy / Wrap Belt: White House|Black Market / Boots: Sam Edelman via Nordstrom Rack / Layering Necklaces: Moon & Black pendant by Druzy Dreams, long Rebel Pendant by Stella & Dot

fall fashion maxi dress stylespygirlLayering Rings, let to right: Rebel Ring by Stella & Dot / Star Midi ring, Druzy Dreams / Triangle stone, flea market / Silver Crystal wrap ring, Unigon Specialties / Midi ring, Unigon Specialties / Wedding ring, custom-made

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