Wednesday, June 8, 2016

S/S 2016 Trends: How To Wear Maxis This Summer

The maxi dress is a summer staple and is undoubtedly the season's most effortless piece. Which is why when JD Williams asked me to share my summer style tips, I instantly knew I wanted to do something around maxis because the maxi style is coming back with a bang this summer. This season, the trend has been given a few updates, making it an even more versatile seasonal piece. Try the oversized style, the luxurious textures clashes and minimal 90s styles, or even a more boho and feminine approach. There is something for everyone whatever the occasion may be. And, if you find yourself wondering whether you actually can pull one off, take a look at my mum and tell me she doesn't look smashing!

When I first told mum that I wanted to photograph her in a maxi dress, her words were "no way". Her argument was that she was too short for it and that no style would suit her figure and, of course I wanted to prove her wrong. I took into consideration how she felt about her height and weight and chose a dress considering the following:
V-NECK: This elongates the upper body and draws attention to the face, great if you're petite or have a short neck.
SOLID COLOURS: These are your best bet as they give the body a long continuous line from top to bottom. If you really like your print, consider small prints or consistent patterns but nothing that "screams" too much.
LENGTH: The idea is to maximize the line of the dress so anything too short or too long is not your friend!
SKIRT: Nothing that poofs out too much, the skirt should follow the line of your body; it's all about the right fit.
FABRIC: Think weightless and comfy, so go for fabrics that are soft and flowy for the ultimate summer look.

These rules of thumb work for any body, shape or height and with them in mind, when I saw this dress here I knew it was the right choice for her. We went with a mix of girly and cool-girl edge accents like this flowery necklace and the wedges that add the much needed height (this could have worked with a nice pair of summer sandals too). Added a cool and trendy bag to finish the outfit off and I'm happy to report she was very pleased with the result and now can't wait to wear the dress again. Mission accomplished! 

Whilst her look is about keeping it classy, I went all out and the result is very boho inspired. Festival ready, am I right? Fringes are hot this season and I've talked about them before here. The choker is the essential S/S16 accessory and every cool girl's must have (not that I think I'm cool or anything) and, the round sunglasses are a nice touch and ever since getting them I can't take them off!

Her Look: Maxi Dress*: JD Williams (here) // Wedges: similar here // Handbag: Accessorize (here)
My Look: Top: similar here // Maxi Skirt*: similar here // Wedges: Renata Mello (similar here) // Handbag: Accessorize (similar here)
Whether you're off to a summer wedding, garden party with friends or even the office, a long summery dress or skirt is always a great option. But tell me, what do you think of maxis? Got any other tips to share? Let me know below!

Thanks for reading beauties!



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  1. Both of you look so glam! Great styling and outfit ideas!!
    Have a lovely day :)
    Rosanna x
    Rose's Rooftop

  2. WOW both of you look like SISTERS! And your mom looks fab in the purple maxi dress - not short at all ;) Have a fab week!

    Love, Aldora

  3. wow you both look great

  4. You both look fantastic , I love your outfit from the feets to head :-)

  5. Maxi dressed are my favorite thing for summer! I really like the skirt you are wearing

    Beauty Candy Loves

  6. You both look stuning in these maxi outfits. Hope you are having great day. xx

  7. Pam, I LOVE this post. You may know by now but I am a HUGE fan of maxi dresses, and I'm pretty blessed with height to wear them without worrying too much, but I'll definitely keep in mind the tips you've given when I scavenge for more in the future.

    Also, your mum is ADORABLE. I've been dying to feature my mum on my blog (because she's one of my biggest fashion influences) but she's been rejecting me for the longest time ever, ah.


  8. love the boho look with the choker.. perfect accessory! xxo

  9. You both look amazing and Pam, I can see where you got your beauty from. Your mum is stunning!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  10. So cute! You and your mum look great, I love both your maxi dress looks :) You styled her well!

    Samantha Series

  11. You and your mom both look fab!

    xo, Liz

  12. You both look amazing! You're mum is rather dashing.

    Love, Fads

  13. I love your top, so delicate and pretty! You look gorgeous, and make sure to tell your mum that she's gorgeous too!
    Aleeha xXx

  14. You and your mom look amazing! Love wearing maxi dresses and skirts! It just instantly makes you look super put together and stylish!

  15. Beautiful maxi dresses!! i love this

  16. Love maxis for summer! Your combination is so nice <3

    Caro x

  17. Hi, you have a beautiful blog :) Maybe we can follow each other? Let me know!

  18. Brilliant post, love the tips. And your mum is a right beaut! Looking gorgeous both x

    VanessaVonJames | Fashion Blog

  19. Two wonderful models, Pam, believe me :) Great outfits...
    Salutami la tua bella mamma...


  20. You both look great! I adore maxis as you probably know ❤️❤️❤️
    Your skirt and that bag are lovely!!

  21. You guys are adorable! I wish I got to do a fun shoot with my mom.. too bad she lives on another continent. :(


  22. Fab post! So cute that your mom let you style her, and she looks fab in the end!

  23. How gorgeous does your mum look! Purple really suits her! Love your skirt Pam!

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  24. Adorei o teu estilo, és tão goals!
    Não conhecia o blog mas adorei e já estou a seguir!
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  25. I'm all about maxis! Love how you styled yours! Baci, Valeria - Coco et La vie en rose NEW POST

  26. Wow, beautiful mother and daughter

  27. Wooooowww, great styling tips! I never knew that tip about the V-neck, I'll def. keep it into consideration! You and your mom both look amazing!

    xx |

  28. You look amazing! Love the top.

  29. Love your outfit from head to toe!
    Also love your lip color.

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  30. Love your maxi skirt!! You both looks so adorable!!
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  31. You and your mum look amazing! I love your outfits.

  32. You both look gorgeous!
    Like your mum I am a bit scared by maxi dresses as I'm short but I'll have to try :)
    ♥ Fran - xx

  33. Love your look and love that your mum got involved, she looks fab! :)

  34. You two look amazing! Definitely need more maxi dresses ☺
    Nati xx

  35. You both look lovely! I have been wanting a maxi dress for a long time but I'm afraid that it won't suit me so I never bought one. Might try one this summer :)

    Sarah | What Sarah Writes

  36. Oh my gosh, you both look so lovely!! I love your outfit with the print and you mom looks amazing in purple! She is seriously the cutest!!

    Denise | Fashion Love Letters

  37. You both look stunning! Honestly amazing! I love this post! I adore the maxi dress, I have a few! I must get mine out now! <3
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  38. That's so cool, love your style!

    Alice Cerea

  39. I am so happy you included your mom on a post! You both look adorable.


  40. Hi, dear Pam! I am glad to see you with your mother, you both rock! You two look so beautiful and I agree with you - maxi skirts are for everybody. Tell your mother that I love maxi dresses and skirts too, and I am short! Loved your boho style, the top is great and the skirt superb! Hope you have a lovely weekend!

  41. oh my gosh, this is such a wonderful post and you both look so GORGEOUS and beautiful my dear friend <3 this is such a cute idea and I love both of your looks :) you'Re so right, maxi dresses are a must have :)
    Wishing you a wonderful weekend my lovely friend <3

  42. great photos !
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  43. I love this post! Your mothers confidence is incredible! Two very beautiful women!
    Katie xo

  44. You and your mum both look great Pam!

    Mich x

  45. Hello,

    Ohhh, you are sooo cuuute ! :D



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