Monday, June 25, 2012

inspiration monday: (yet another) printed maxi

     I think I mentioned a while back that I temporarily broke my shopping ban to pick up a third patterned maxi dress. I decided to showcase the offender for Two Birds' Inspiration Monday:
This is my "it's-blazing-hot-and-I-
need-a-popsicle" face
Trina Turk maxi dress, Nordstrom Rack ($30)
Love Change tank, Macy's juniors department 

The inspiration: Michelle Trachtenberg
     There were a number of things that drew me to this dress: the splashy black, white and pink print, the airy silk-cotton blend, and the fact that I can wear this when occasions call for aloha wear. Oh, and let's not forget the price, which is a 91% markdown (according to the tag).
Can't decide whether the tank looks better like this ...


To make this dress really worth my $$, however, I needed to find a way to make it work-appropriate -- it's pretty skimpy up top, with string ties at the shoulders. Adding a plain black tank kept the look summery while offering some coverage.


  1. fashionforgiantsJune 25, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    That's one thing about maxi dress that drives me crazy. The tops often afford very little coverage. I guess to make up for the rest of the body being so covered, but it makes them hard to wear to work.

    I think you've done the right thing though with the tank (I think I like it longer). I've also found that a boxy open weave sweater works well over maxis.


  2. I love this- especially with the tank top. Perfect summer outfit!

  3. love it! i think you did the right thing breaking your ban! it looks great with the knotted tank!

  4. Thanks for the input on the tank, Gracey! I think you're right about the up-top skimpiness ... designers probably think that it would look too frumpy otherwise. It's just irksome when you know you can't wear something on its own and always have to add a tank, cami, cardi, etc. Love the idea of an open-weave sweater -- very summery! :)

  5. Thank you! I've been pretty good about observing my shopping ban, but I couldn't resist picking this up. :)

  6. Love the maxi :) Looks like you are definitely changing up your style :)

  7. What a beautiful dress, the print is just awesome and I can't believe the price! Love it both ways, but the knotted tank is definitely fun!

  8. I love the colors in this dress! I also like how you paired it with a black tank!

  9. Thank you for dropping by and for the sweet comment, Beth! :)

  10. Thanks, Cara! I've been wanting a solid colored maxi dress, but I got sidetracked by this one. :)

  11. Thanks, Kat! I think ditching the jeans for a month has really helped me try some different outfits. :)


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