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Stay Cool in Maxi (Part 2)

 How to wear maxi dresses; summer outfit ideas 2014;  Models off Duty looks;

Photos: Miranda Kerr & Rosie Huntington-Whiteley; Courtesy of Getty Images, Xposure Photos.

As we said in Part 1 of this summer dressing series, nothing is as easy yet eye-catching as a maxi dress. If you get tired of basic black, grey or striped versions, try these two, each hits one hot trend this summer: western floral pattern and drop-waist silhouette. I love how these two fashion savvies modernized the revived trends with edgy, minimalist accessories, like the peep toe sandals and sleek tote on them, respectively.

In Chinese: 就像我们昨天在第一部分聊到的,长裙是夏天好穿又好看的必备单品。如果你已经有了黑白或条纹等基本款,今天的这两条你一定不能错过:西部风情的花朵裙和下腰线的棉布裙。对于这两件复古风格的单品,两位超模有着不同的演绎:罗西·汉丁顿-惠特莉(Rosie Huntington-Whiteley)的帅气踝靴中和了花朵裙的女人味,米兰达·可儿(Miranda Kerr)低调简约的手包平底鞋为甜美的造型加入了现代感。

How to wear maxi dresses; summer outfit ideas 2014;  Models off Duty looks;   Lip: M·A·C Lipstick in 'Pretty Please'  Dress: ASOS Bandeau Maxi Floral Dress With Contrast Waist (also love this)  Bag: Brahmin Croc Embossed Checkbook Wallet (on Huntington-Whiteley here)  Shoe: Balenciaga Glove Slingback Sandals (great alternative here & here)

Clockwise from top left:
Lip: M·A·C in ‘Pretty Please’
Dress: ASOS (also love this)
Bag: Brahmin (on Huntington-Whiteley here)
Shoe: Balenciaga (great alternative here & here)

How to wear maxi dresses; summer outfit ideas 2014;  Models off Duty looks;  Clockwise from top left:  Bag: Fendi '2Jours Elite' Leather Shopper (great alternative here)  Dress: Anthropologie Midi Pencil Dress  Sunglasses: Kate Spade New York Kia Square Tortoise Sunglasses  Ring: Jennifer Zeuner Jewelry Yvette 3 Band Ring  Shoe: Tory Burch Aimee Bicolor Leather Bow Point-Toe Flats (similar here)
Clockwise from top left:
Bag: Fendi (great alternative here)
Dress: Anthropologie
Sunglasses: Kate Spade New York
Ring: Jennifer Zeuner Jewelry
Shoe: Tory Burch (similar here)

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Stay Cool in Maxi (Part 1)

 Models off Duty, celebrities street style 2014, how to wear maxi dresses, summer outfit ideas.

Photos: Miranda Kerr & Rosie Huntington-Whiteley; Courtesy of Splash News, Star Style.

On scorching summer days, all we want is a flowy maxi dress, slip on, we are ready, or almost: For effortless dressing like this, you need to put a little more effort in: a pair of trendy shades, edgy sandals, an eye-catching bag or dainty jewelry… it’s the extras that make a simple maxi stand out.

In Chinese: 一条飘逸的吊带长裙是酷暑的首选。连鞋子都盖住的摇曳及地款更是套上就可以出门的清凉必备。但是时尚往往要拧着来,花了心思的要看起来像没有花心思,反正,像这种傻瓜穿搭就需要加些功夫才能脱颖而出,比如简单的一件式长裙加上潮派太阳镜、酷酷的铆钉鞋出挑的小包精巧的细手环等等。

Models off Duty, celebrities street style 2014, how to wear maxi dresses, summer outfit ideas.  Bag: Pour la Victoire 'Bijou' Colorblock Shoulder Bag  Sunglasses: Kenneth Cole Reaction 59mm Cat Eye Sunglasses  Lip: Bobbi Brown Lip Color in 'Hollywood Red'  Bangle: Bony Levy Skinny Diamond Bangle   Shoe: Sperry Top-Sider 'Summerlin' Sandal (or this classic summer essential)  Dress: Three of Something Underworld Maxi Dress (also love this!)
Bag: Pour la Victoire
Sunglasses: Kenneth Cole Reaction
Lip: Bobbi Brown in ‘Hollywood Red’
Bangle: Bony Levy
Shoe: Sperry Top-Sider (or this classic summer essential)
Dress: Three of Something (also love this!)

 Models off Duty, celebrities street style 2014, how to wear maxi dresses, summer outfit ideas. Sunglasses: Saint Laurent 57mm Oversize Sunglasses  Dress: Tibi Strappy Maxi Dress (also here & here; similar here)  Shoe: Laurence Dacade Deric Calfskin Leather Heels (also here; similar here)  Necklace: Kenneth Jay Lane Horn Necklace  Lip: Hourglass neutral-toned lip color -Nude #2 (super moisturizing!)

Sunglasses: Saint Laurent
Dress: Tibi (also here & here; similar here)
Shoe: Laurence Dacade (also here; similar here)
Necklace: Kenneth Jay Lane
Lip: Hourglass #2 (super moisturizing!)

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What You Need This Summer

Summer Outfit Ideas 2014; How to wear floral skirts/dresses;  Celebrity Street Style;

Photos: Jessica Alba & Heidi Klum; Courtesy of GC Image, Splash News.

A printed over-the-knee skirt and a maxi dress really are the only two pieces you need this summer— one for the office, the other for off-duty. For the over-the-knee skirt, you can choose either a pencil-shape or a full skirt version like the one on Jessica Alba (above left). I prefer the latter: It covers offending areas and flatters almost any body shape. Pick a colorful floral version, and pair it with any solid top lying in your closet.  The styling part is even easier for a printed maxi dress: You don’t need any jewelry since the print is already very eye-catching. You even don’t need to think about shoes because they hide underneath most of the time. Grab your favorite sunglasses (my favorite here!), and you are good to go!

In Chinese: 其实今年夏天,只要投资两条漂亮的印花裙就可以轻松度过了:一条过膝的半身裙上班或约会时穿,一条拖地长裙晚上或周末穿。关于前者,一般有两种廓形:包身的铅笔裙或大伞裙。前者很挑身材。后者因为盖住了很多问题部位,适合各种身材的美眉。关于颜色,选择多彩的印花吧,这样就能和你衣橱里任何一件单色的T恤或坦克背心搭配了。至于后者–印花的拖地长裙,配起来就更简单了。因为图案本身就很吸引人,所以不用考虑配件。鞋子也大部分时候都藏在裙子下,也不用考虑。只要带上酷酷的太阳镜,就可以出门了!

 Summer Outfit Ideas 2014; How to wear floral skirts/dresses;  Celebrity Street Style;  Featured:   1. Rebecca Minkoff MAB Mini Satchel (or this one)  2. Calvin Klein Collection Trandem stretch-jersey top (great alternative here!) 3. Manolo Blahnik 'BB' Pointy Toe Pump (similar here)  4. Topshop TROPICAL SCUBA MIDI SKIRT (also here)

1. Rebecca Minkoff satchel (or this one)
2. Calvin Klein Collection top (on sale! great alternative here!)
3. Manolo Blahnik pump (similar here)
4. Topshop skirt (also here)

Summer Outfit Ideas 2014; How to wear floral skirts/dresses;  Celebrity Street Style;  Featured:   1. MZ Wallace 'Large Metro' Nylon Tote & Ray-Ban 'Original Aviator' 58mm Sunglasses  2. Diane von Furstenberg Jordan Stretch Silk Printed Maxi Dress (similar here & here here)  3. Steve Madden 'Boozey' Wedge Sandal (Women)

1. MZ Wallace tote & Ray-Ban sunglasses
2. Diane von Furstenberg maxi dress (similar here & here here)
3. Steve Madden sandal