Fair Wear

YESSSSSS.  I’ve been growing out my hair and it’s finally long enough to stay in a ponytail.  Barely.  But, I’ll take it.  Everyday I want to chop it off, but then I just look at Merrick’s hair as inspiration and hold on for one more day.  *Cue Wilson Phillips*
Once July hit and life finally settled down the first thing I wanted to do was shop.  One swoop around Marshall’s and $16 later I knocked one item off my wish list–a black maxi dress.  Score!  Just as I was experimenting with my hair and trying on this dress B texted me from work saying he had free tickets to the fair, so this is how I went.  Like I said before, maxi dresses are perfect for pretty much any occasion which is why I wanted to add a black one to my arsenal.  Maybe I was overdressed, especially compared to the MANY see-through tops, crop tops, and butt cheek exposing shorts that we saw.  But hmm…possibly overdressed or exposed butt cheeks?  Sounds like a toss-up to me.  
Below are a million black maxi dresses.  (Okay, just eight…and technically number 5 is navy.)  The details of black dresses do NOT show up well unless you see close ups, but all the dresses in the bottom row have a bit more special detailing at the necklines.  All are from Kohl’s, Target, Old Navy, and Forever 21.
Links to Shop:
one  |  two  |  three  |  four
five  |  six  |  seven  |  eight

Shop for the Look:
Dress: Marshall’s (similar, similar)
Jacket: Target (exact, similar)
Sandals: Target (exact)
Necklace: Nordstrom
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51 Comments

  • Reply
    Tara
    July 9, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    Your hair looks really cute like that Audrey! I really need to find myself some cute maxi options like this one.

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    Melissa
    July 9, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    You look CLASSY, which is never overdressed! 🙂 Classy is always appropriate. I'll take classy over see-through tank tops and booty shorts any day.

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    Babyu21
    July 9, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    Random question – How tall are you? I always find it helpful to know how tall someone is when they are wearing a maxi dress because I am only 5'1 and its been an uphill battle finding a dress that doesn't need alterations.

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    Nicole Baker
    July 9, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    I've been reading this blog for a while and I love the ideas you give me! As a teacher, I can not afford to go out and buy every new piece of clothing I would like to, but I have learned how to mix it up! Thanks =)

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    pretty little things
    July 9, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    I really like you with the pony tail! You look really different with your hair styled like that –so fab! xo

    http://allthingsprettyandlittle.blogspot.com/

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    July 9, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    I'm 5'6" 🙂

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    July 9, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    I'm so glad to hear that, Nicole!

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    Amanda Cobb
    July 9, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    Very cute! I love the whole look, especially with the hair up.

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    Becky
    July 9, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    I second what Nicole said (but I'm not a teacher, just a poor post-grad starting out), your blog has been so inspiring for trying new things with pieces I already own 🙂

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    Alisa @LaceStripes&PolkaDots
    July 9, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    So cute!

    I just found a black Old Navy maxi dress at Goodwill last week and I think it's a great piece to have in your wardrobe!

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    Laura
    July 9, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    Love this maxi dress! You look so put together, but comfortable.

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    Teresa Behr
    July 9, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    I just bought a black maxi dress from target…$9. I love how you paired this with your jean jacket…super cute!

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    SydneysFashionDiary.com
    July 9, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    I really adore this outfit. Both pieces (a maxi and a denim jacket) are my go to all summer long.

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    HandJ Cobb
    July 9, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    I just wore a black maxi dress last week for my style post! I love mine, and even more so because it is from the 1970's and I got it for $1! I absolutely love how you styled it (I used a denim jacket too! Channeling my inner Audrey!) And that necklace is to die for. Your hair also looks so adorable in a pony!

    http://www.domesticblisssquared.com

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    KimJ
    July 9, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    You're hair is up! It's so cute! I'm really hoping to find a maxi dress that is flattering on my hips, maybe one of these will be the ticket! Thanks!

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    Louise McDonagh
    July 9, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    Maxi dresses are so versatile. I have a denim one that I get loads of wear from.

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    Nina Piccini
    July 9, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    Loving this look!

    xo, Nina

    afterthe40barfinish

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    Sarah
    July 9, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    Before reading what you wrote, I thought, wow, I've never seen Audrey with her hair up! Good reason why. I'm trying to grow mine out too…and everyday I want to chop it off…like EVERY.SINGLE.DAY. I try to look at picture of when my hair was long and remember that I do like long hair…I'll cue Wilson Phillips as well.

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    Steph
    July 9, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    OOoh I love the hair up! Nice to see you with a different hairstyle. Love the earrings and necklace together. Comfortable, chic, and stylish.

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    Rachel Sayumi ♥
    July 9, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    okay, you look STUNNING!!!!

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    Pia
    July 9, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    Your hair looks so great up! I have been searching everywhere for the perfect black maxi! Somehow I came home with a tie dye one instead. This one looks so nice, I will have to continue my search.

    Pia
    pjmscloset.blogspot.ca

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    Beth @ Turn2theSimple
    July 9, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    I'm looking for a black maxi dress too! I would like one with at least a cap sleeve…and a wrap top so I cans still nurse the baby in it…I know, I'm so picky! I'm watching for one at target to go in sale, then hopefully I'll like it! Otherwise I may have to try and sew one!

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    Sheila
    July 9, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    Steph said almost the exact same thing I wanted to. I love your hair up, and I really love the necklace and earring choices with this outfit. Really everything is great!

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    Sheila
    July 9, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    Louise, where did you find a denim maxi dress?

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    Louise McDonagh
    July 9, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    It was actually really cheap from George. Not sure if you are UK based?

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    michelle
    July 9, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    a navy maxi dress is on my list! and i love your hair! i keep wanting to chop mine off but it's taken me so long to grow it out.

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    Autumn Rosenbaum
    July 9, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    You look adorable! And I need a black maxi!!

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    Kelsey
    July 9, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    Such a cute look! I'm really pale, so I often steer away from all black items but I love how the jean jacket breaks up the black and how classic it still it. Definitely putting one on my shopping list!

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    Agi
    July 9, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    Love this look Audrey. I am loving maxi dresses and skirts!!! I can't get enough of them. I have the black maxi from Old Navy but in royal blue and i love it.

    Dont' forget to link up this Thursday.

    Agi:)

    vodkainfusedlemonade.com

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    Kacie's Kloset
    July 9, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    Great maxi dress! I bet it can be styled so many different ways!

    http://www.kacieskloset.blogspot.com
    http://www.daisyraeboutique.com

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    AJ
    July 10, 2013 at 12:30 am

    I NEED a black maxi! It is so versatile!

    -AJ
    FitTravelerAJ.com

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    Michelle
    July 10, 2013 at 12:54 am

    Love your ponytail!

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    Caroline C.
    July 10, 2013 at 12:55 am

    I never thought about it, but you're right–a black maxi would be SO useful. Dress it up or dress it down! Adding one of these to my wishlist…

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    Nicole
    July 10, 2013 at 2:14 am

    So cute and I love the statement necklace with it!

    http://bigcitytobackroadfashion.blogspot.com/

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    Brynn
    July 10, 2013 at 2:17 am

    Your little ponytail is the CUTEST. Seriously girl, could you BE any more gorgeous?! I don't think so. I would love to get a cute, simple black maxi dress – I had one but I accidentally shrunk it in the wash and it looks SUPER ugly and unflattering now 🙁 The third one you listed above is perfect – I may need to look it up!!

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    Kelsey Wilburn
    July 10, 2013 at 2:29 am

    great outfit and just loving your pony tail

    kw ladies in navy

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    Adriana
    July 10, 2013 at 2:35 am

    I love how you styled this maxi girl! You look great! 🙂

    http://www.leopardmartini.com/

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    Lauren Davison
    July 10, 2013 at 2:37 am

    I love my maxi dresses. Add some necklaces and color and you look great!!!!

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    Jessica @ Here&Now
    July 10, 2013 at 4:06 am

    1 strap on each of my two black maxis has broken in the last month… so this post is perfect timing! I think the top row, far right is officially calling my name!

    xx
    Here&Now

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    Happinessatmidlife
    July 10, 2013 at 5:01 am

    I bought a black maxi from ON last year & so glad I did! It's so easy & comfy for the summer. Love it it the necklace!

    Alice
    http://www.happinessatmidlfie.com

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    Mica
    July 10, 2013 at 10:46 am

    Such a nice maxi dress! I always find maxis go perfectly everywhere, never too over or under dressed in one! 🙂

    Away From Blue

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    Andrea
    July 10, 2013 at 11:31 am

    I have discovered your blog in the last week or so and am loving reading, and going back through many of your older posts! So much inspiration here!
    I love your series on remixing! The tips are so sensible and it has so changed my shopping experiences already, I have adopted so many of your ideas and I'm loving having a plan! 🙂
    I'm in Australia so we're experiencing cold weather and I find my winter wardrobe hardest to style but I've been inspired to change up some of my spring dresses, and add a warm cardi and boots and it has been awesome.
    Thank you.

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    Susan
    July 10, 2013 at 11:45 am

    I love your hair Audrey! So cute! I missed reading your posts so I am going back through to catch up! Love the July fourth looks! Have a great day! Susan

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    Feathers & Freckles
    July 10, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    Love your hair pulled back in that little pony! Adorable! You have the most impressive way of always looking really casual and laid-back but also incredibly glamorous. I love it! 🙂

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    Anastasia Quiqs
    July 10, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    I am big fan of little black dress, as it always appropriate and versatile, but what a surprise, maxi black dress can be versatile too! I love how you mix it with denim jacket, and i am pretty sure you was not overdressed! And your little pony is so cute!

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    Chymere Anais
    July 10, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    I loveee black maxi dresses…they are just so versatile! I have like 5 in my closet..it's ridic. lol

    http://www.chymere-anais.blogspot.com

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    Stephanie
    July 11, 2013 at 3:15 am

    I've convinced myself that as a relatively short woman (5ft2in) I wouldn't look good in a maxi dress. But I think they might be useful at work, since I'd like to be more modestly dressed at work. Okay for short folks like me?

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    Lauren O'Neill
    July 11, 2013 at 4:56 am

    I've been wanting to get a black maxi too! Talk about versatile! I can't even pick a favorite from the ones you've provided. I love 1,2,4 and 7!

    Lauren
    Exploring My Style

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    Amanda
    July 11, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    Stopping by from Lauren Elizabeth– so glad I found your blog! Maxis are a MUST for summer– I actually can't believe I don't have a simple black one though! Love how you paired it with the denim jacket and statement necklace.

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    Merrick
    July 13, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    I'm so behind on blog reading! Love that we did almost the exact same look (and I totally didn't copy you cause this is the first time I saw this :))

    Also, you are so nice for the hair compliment!
    Grow grow grow, Audrey's hairs!!

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    Miranda
    July 17, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    This look is so perfect on you! I love maxis and now you've convinced me that I need a black one too! It looks so fab with your jean jacket.

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