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Maximize the Value of Your Maxi Dress

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Photos: Miranda Kerr; Courtesy of justjared.comlindasstuff.blog.comjennycindy.blogspot.com.

Maxi dress is undoubtedly a wardrobe staple. Among so many choices, I especially adore the simplicity and versatility of a sleek black maxi dress. Last summer I shared three ways to style them. This summer, as a trend of this season, the color black takes the center stage. No better time to score your own black maxi dress and make the best use of it all the way through fall!

As you can see from the four looks of Miranda Kerr (above), with the simple silhouette and never-go-out-of style color, a black maxi dress can take us anywhere: Team it with ankle booties, studded tote and oversized sunglasses, you get an effortlessly chic “models off-duty” inspired look; Wear it with glamorous heels and fine jewelry, you are party-ready; Top it off with a denim jacket, printed crossbody bag and flip-flops, you are laid-back yet stylish; Pair it with a light weight scarf, leather jacket and easy walk shoes, you get a comfy yet polished travel outfit, the list goes on…

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Dress: LnA (56% off here; similar here)
Shoes: Rag & Bone (great style here)
Bag: ModCloth
Sunglasses: Marc by Marc Jacobs

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Jacket: All Saints (similar here)
Dress: ModCloth (great find at $50! similar here)
Shoes: Gucci (similar here)
Bag: Saint laurent (similar on sale here)

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Jacket: KUT from the Kloth (great style here)
Dress: Splendid (or this version)
Shoes: Tory Burch (also here)
Bag: Fossil
Sunglasses: Ray-Ban (also adore this pair!)

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Jacket: Topshop
Dress: Splendid (or this version)
Shoes: Rag & Bone (great style here)
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff (also available here; lust worthy one here)
Scarf: Chan Luu

The best part of a black maxi dress is that you can transform it simply by changing accessories. Want an urban bohemian look? Wear a printed scarf as a belt, finish it off with gladiator sandals. Need a rock ‘n roll touch? Add a studded tote and killer booties

Of course you always have the option of wearing it as a skirt by adding a graphic tee, a chambray shirt or a military vest, as you can see from the looks below.

How will you style your black maxi?

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Dress: Tbags Los Angeles (40% off now!)
Other pieces showed in these three outfits are available here
Photos credit: shopbop 

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How To Wear Red (Part III: Bags)

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Photos: (from left) Nicole Richie & street style; Courtesy of instyle.co.uktheyallhateus.com.

Besides the different kinds of lust-worthy red pumps that we shared in my last entry, handbag is another great way to incorporate this bright, dynamic hue. Today, let’s start with those we use most in daily life–big totes.

Nicole Richie is known for her edgy Bohemian style. Today’s look is no exception: the tie dye dress perfectly showed her casual chic sensibility with an infusion of Bohemia, while the eye-catching Givenchy tote, Balenciaga ankle boots, beanie and sunglasses keeping the look modern and edgy.

This outfit is great for weekend getaways, hanging out with friends or running errands, also a stylish option for pregnant women like myself: I’m living in my loose shift dresses and flat ankle booties now!

When the color scheme becomes as simple as you can see on the right look above, it’s the detail that really matters: from the subtle brown trim on her sweater to the asymmetrical hemline of her skirt to the cap-toe oxford. The colorblock red tote really brightened up the whole look while echoing the simplicity. Change the mini skirt into shorts, skinny jeans or cropped pants, this look is great for women at any age!

How to use a pop of red to create more ladylike, party-ready outfits? Coming soon!

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Dress: Raquel Allegra (similar here)
Bag: Tory Burch (the Givenchy Nightingale Nicole Richie carried here)
Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell (Balenciaga version on Nicole here)
Accessories: Asos beanieHouse of Harlow 1960 sunglasses

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Sweater: Topshop (adore the unique sheer panel on the sleeve!)
Skirt: Cacharel (65% off now! under $50 here)
Bag: Marni (two sides for two totally different looks! also adore this one from the brand)
Shoes: Tildon (a super comfy pair here!)