beat the heat maxi style

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Maxi Dress in the shade of Rust – Forever 21 Plus

Choker necklace – Lovisa

Metal cuff bangle – Diva

Hello again!

Its getting much warmer here for us folks in Asia and with that, out comes the clothing that I can withstand the climate in!

Maxi dresses are a relatively new addition to my wardrobe staples. At 5’2″, the idea of being swathed in fabric down to my toes did not appeal to me. I thought to myself “How are these ladies keeping cool despite wearing a full length dress?” I dressed for function and comfort most of the time (and I still do) but admittedly, I did get curious when I started fashion blogging a few years back. So many gorgeous plus size ladies in my blogger circle wearing such pretty maxi dresses! So I took the plunge 2 years ago and there has been no looking back.

I seem to be veering away from prints this year and this particular F21+ dress really appealed to me, probably because it seems a little Grecian … or would it be Roman? The colour is not something I have much of in my wardrobe, it is a much deeper hue of orange than I usually wear. I seem to be in Spring/Summer color palette denial! Lesson learnt from trying on a couple of maxi dresses now – it is very hot weather-friendly and may be a tad long for me but it lends an air of chic that I like.

This particular dress is very comfortable, soft (easily wrinkled as a result) and versatile – dress it super casual or go semi-formal like I did here.


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Whats your go-to spring/summer dress style this season?

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Dressed for: A Change-up

Already Pretty outfit featuring sheer floral blouse, skinny jeans, orange pumps, J.W. Hulme tote bag

Blouse – courtesy Kokoon
Jeans – Zuma Twill courtesy Karen Kane (also in plus sizes)
Pumps – Easy Spirit (no longer available) – similar
Bag – J.W. Hulme
Earrings – courtesy Bionic Unicorn
Bracelets – Goldy + Mac – similar

I feel a little like someone has flipped a switch inside my head. Suddenly, the heels and fit-and-flare dresses that have been my wardrobe staples for years seem … done. Not done for good, but definitely in need of a little break. Lately I’ve been living in skinny jeans and floaty tops, or slouchy pants and lightweight jackets. And although this outfit features a fun pair of (thankfully comfy) heels, I’ve been all about flats for weeks. I’m still processing and exploring, but once I have a bead on where this desire for change came from and what spurred it on, I’ll share more.

Anyone else feeling the need for a personal style change-up? Are the shifting seasons monkeying with your dressing desires, or is something deeper at play?

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Dressed for: Oh So Retro

Already Pretty outfit featuring orange cardigan, polka dot dress, mustard leather Radley London handbag, nude pumps, Corso Como Del

Cardigan – Modcloth
Dress – Garnet Hill (no longer available) – this season’s versionsimilar thru 4X
Pumps – Corso Como Del
Bag – Radley London Clayton (no longer available) – similar shape
Necklace – Hilary Druxman
Earrings – The Mexican Shop – same stone

Anyone else feel like just about everything polka-dotted looks at least slightly retro? Even brand-new stuff in relatively contemporary shapes and cuts just makes me think 50s diners and Betty Boop when polka dots come into play. And not in a bad way – not at all! I love me some retro and repro as much as the next gal. Just strikes me as odd since plaids, stripes, and florals are easily as common but don’t feel as closely associated with a past era. Anyhoo, this cotton voile dress is a late summer favorite. Lightweight, comfy, and retro-cute.

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