A Tip for Wearing Maxi Dresses in Cooler Weather

Here’s a tip if you’ve ever wanted to wear a maxi dress but felt like it was just a liiiiitle too chilly.  Wear some leggings underneath!  It might not work with lighter dresses, but I’ve loved doing it with this dress.  Sometimes here it’s so sunny outside and LOOKS like spring, but it feels a little too cold for a thin maxi dress.  Instead of foregoing the dress, I put on my favorite pair of leggings (HERE) and it does the trick.  If I’m ever too hot, I can run to the bathroom and take off the leggings, which I’ve only actually had to do once.  It was when I was cooped up in a frigid air conditioned hotel for a conference, but it was 80 degrees outside.  The leggings were totally necessary while indoors, but when we got out of the hotel during the break I quickly took off the leggings and stuffed them in my tote.  And then the outfit was perfect for a sunny 80 degree day.

I got this dress last season to replace an old almost-but-not-quite black maxi dress I had.  I also got this one in a blue print.  The black version and a few other colors are available again this year (HERE).  Last season it was available in a TON of different prints and colors, so I’m guessing as the season progresses more prints will arise.

I’m normally size 6 on top, and I’m wearing this in S.  One note, it’s dry clean only but I’ve hand washed it and air dried it and it’s been fine.  

Shop for the Look:
Dress: Nordstrom (exact)
Jacket: Forever 21
Sandals: Target (similar, similar)
Bag: Nordstrom (exact)
Watch: c/o JORD
Necklace: c/o Dear Mushka (exact)

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    Jessica S
    April 4, 2016 at 5:48 am

    I have always loved this color combo! I never considered wearing leggings under my maxi – great tip! A denim jacket is one of my favorite ways to wear them too.


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    Chelsea W
    April 4, 2016 at 6:02 am

    OOH what a great idea about the leggings.
    I love wearing a denim jacket with my maxi dresses when it’s chilly. Especially printed denim jackets!

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    Alice Shiya
    April 4, 2016 at 7:57 am

    Love pairing a jacket with a maxi! Great ways to warm up a dress, so versatile!

    xo, alice / T Y P E N U

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    Julia Balazs
    April 4, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    Yes, I do this too! Actually it’s my favourite way of traveling to a warm destination when it’s cold at home – leggings on the plane and then when you get there, leggings off!

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    April 4, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    How tall are you? I’m 5’3″ and struggle with the length of maxi dresses!

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    April 4, 2016 at 5:27 pm

    Love the tan and black colour combination! 🙂

    I like layering up my maxi dresses to wear them year-round as well. I can wear them in winter too, only as it doesn’t snow here 🙂

    Away From The Blue Blog

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    April 4, 2016 at 7:29 pm

    Do you know of any similar jackets that are available right now? Something like this is on my list of closet basics must haves!

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      Audrey @ Putting Me Together
      April 4, 2016 at 8:48 pm

      I looked, but I couldn’t find anything in a reasonable price range. Sorry! Once I find one I’ll be sure to say it!

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      April 5, 2016 at 6:01 am

      New York and Company always has a bunch of jackets like this one!

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    April 4, 2016 at 7:31 pm

    That’s a great tip! I’m going to try that! I have several maxi’s that I wouldn’t mind keeping around during cooler months. Great outfit, love the shoes!

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    April 5, 2016 at 5:39 am

    That is a great tip. I’m thinking the leggings might help with jiggling also, ijs 🙂

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      Audrey @ Putting Me Together
      April 5, 2016 at 7:32 am

      Haha! That would be true in my case! 😛

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        April 6, 2016 at 5:23 am

        Mine too! Planning to try this idea soon, with the tip of course.

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    April 6, 2016 at 11:55 am

    You look so pretty <3

    Edye // Gracefulcoffee.wordpress.com

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    Florentina Scusi
    April 6, 2016 at 9:34 pm

    Awesome look!

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    April 7, 2016 at 3:07 am

    I like your draper. It fits very well on you at the beach 🙂

    I would like to thank you for your fashion ideas 😉

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