Not Your Basic Maxi Dress

how to accessorize a black maxi dressPhotos: Jamie Chung & Vanessa Hudgens; Courtesy of Splash News.

There are a millions ways to accessorize a black maxi dress, I especially appreciate the subdued beauty of pairing black with other neutrals, like showed above: Vanessa Hudgens highlighted her sexy yet demure maxi with all black accessories while Jamie Chung opted for a sophisticated black/nude palette.

A black maxi dress is no doubt a wardrobe essential that can be worn year-round (remember these outfits of Miranda Kerr?). If you already have the basic version, invest in one with eye-catching details like asymmetrical hem, sexy cut out, daring open back, or double slits.

In Chinese: 一条简单的黑色长裙可以有数不清的穿搭方法。可能很多人倾向于加些颜色或印花图案作为亮点,我却偏爱把小黑裙本身作为重点,用其它中性色或黑色本身去装饰,那种优雅、带着点克制哲学的低调美别有韵味,比如今天看到的这两个造型。

黑色长裙是一年四季都可以穿的衣橱必备 (还记得米兰达·可儿的这四个搭配吗?),如果你已经有了基本款,投资一条有流行元素的,比如前短后长的不对称剪裁性感的小镂空双开叉等等。

how to accessorize a black maxi dress 1. Gucci Special Fit Glam Sunglasses  2. Sauce Summer Of Love Dress (or this one)  3. Marc by Marc Jacobs 'Turnlock' Skinny Bangle & Leather Baker Watch  4. Rebecca Minkoff 'MAC Clutch' Crossbody Bag (adore the sophisticated color with rose gold hardware!)  5. Gorjana Double Rope Necklace  6. Sam Edelman 'Petty' Bootie (more colors here)

1. Gucci sunglasses
2. Sauce dress (or this one)
3. Marc by Marc Jacobs bangle & watch
4. Rebecca Minkoff ‘MAC’ bag (adore the sophisticated color and rose gold hardware!)
5. Gorjana necklace
6. Sam Edelman bootie (more colors here)

how to accessorize a black maxi dress 1. Nordstrom Wide Brim Hat  2. Rachel Pally Romanni Dress  3. Rebecca Minkoff 'Mini M.A.B.' Crossbody Tote   4. Stuart Weitzman 'Nudist' Sandal (on Vanessa Hudgens here)

1. Nordstrom hat
2. Rachel Pally dress
3. Rebecca Minkoff ‘Mini M.A.B.’ tote 
4. Stuart Weitzman sandal (on Vanessa Hudgens here)

Some of my favorite black maxi dresses:

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By Helen Hou

I'm Helen. In the huge fashion world, what attracts me the most is the way different people accessorize themselves. Our daily outfit choices are not just about the pieces we pick, they relate to something lurking deeply within our hearts: how we feel about ourselves, how we express ourselves to the rest of the world, what kind of people do we want to be and what kind of life do we want to live. Following my passion for fashion, I immerse myself in this bizarre world and try my best to share what I learned with you!