I started a series on Monday called BACK TO BASICS.
See that first post HERE.
I found this inspiration photo on Pinterest, and I knew that it would be super easy to recreate and a slam dunk for my Back to Basics Outfit #2!
Talk about an effortless outfit!
All you need is a maxi, a denim jacket, and a necklace!
|inspiration picture from the darling Audrey at Putting Me Together!|
I’m wearing an x-small in the maxi, a small in the jacket, and the shoes run a little small so I recommend ordering up a 1/2 size (I’m wearing a 7).
Concerning the dress, a petite might have been better on me, but they didn’t have a petite in store, and I wanted it immediately. The regular length is good for me when I’m wearing wedges, but it definitely puddles on the floor when wearing flip flops. But I don’t mind the puddling, so I’m good with that!
When ordering the dress, make sure you have it on “regular”, “tall”, or “petite” depending on your preference. For some reason the link defaults to “tall”.
The maxi dress pictured below takes you to the black dress, but for some reason it won’t show the picture of the black dress?!?
Click HERE to see me wearing the same black maxi with a cardi for a different look.
Click HERE to see the entire post of me wearing the same maxi in the blue pattern for another look (seen below).
Here’s what you need to know.
GET. A. MAXI.
all Kut from the Kloth denim jackets HERE (I’m wearing a small.) / magenta tassel necklace HERE c.o. Kendra Scott (in Salmon at Nordstrom HERE ) / necklace also available in Magenta without the tassel HERE at Nordstrom/ small spear earrings HERE / leather tote c.o. HERE (use the code MAMA10 and order by April 27th for guaranteed Mother’s Day delivery!)/ similar wedges HERE / St. Anne leather tote c/o HERE
Now I want to give you a better look at the wedges.
Click HERE for the wedges.
If they were fully stocked, know this, I would be naming them a MUST HAVE!
DANG YOU NORDSTROM!
If they have them in your size (I suggest ordering a 1/2 size up), get them.
I know a couple of the reviews aren’t totally shining, but I absolutely LOVE these wedges.
I’ve worn them twice now since receiving them (one time I had to walk for a bit, the other time I gave a 1-hour presentation and stood the entire time), and I thought they were extremely comfy!
Although the sizes are going fast in this “cork”…there are plenty left in grey and coral!
Again, I sized up 1/2 a size and am wearing a 7.
Back to the dress….
I could go on and on and on about the above dress BECAUSE IT’S AWESOME.
The material is OH SO SOFT, it drapes beautifully, and it makes me look taller and skinnier than I actually am.
Here are some other Old Navy maxi options:
If you prefer to order from Nordstrom, click HERE for this option that’s ON SALE!
It’s an x-small, so I would suggest sizing down.
I’ve received some great feedback from readers about these LUSH MAXI DRESSES on facebook. Everybody seems to be a fan, many of you have more than 1, and everybody agrees to order a size down. I’ve also received the following tip from lots of you:
BE SURE TO DRY CLEAN ONLY.
SOME MORE CHOICES FOR THE BASIC PIECES THAT MAKE UP my BASICS #2 OUTFIT!
More Maxi Choices Here from Nordstrom:
Denim Jacket Choices Here:
And specifically for today’s look, here are some choices for turquoise necklaces:
If you are planning on wearing maxis at all the summer, this bra is NECESSARY.
And one more maxi and denim jacket option for you (that you’ve already seen before)….
J Crew is having a MAJOR sale.
Click HERE to shop an additional 40% OFF of Spring Sale Styles (with 150 new items just added).
Erika Slaughter says
Red is your color!!! Love that last maxi dress on you!
Mix and Match Mama says
Listen…those shoes look really cute in the picture but as someone who actually saw you wearing them last night…they look even cuter in person! They are so, so, so cute! I don't even think the pic does them justice. So cute. Like if I had cute little petite feet like you, I would have knocked you down and taken them from you cute :).
That last red dress! So cute, and I love the pattern! 🙂
Lindsay Truax says
I love the simplicity of the black maxi!! The pink necklace is perfect!
Cait Bahena says
I have the black and white Lush maxi and it is so comfortable!!!
Natalie Zambreski says
Maxis are my uniform in the summer! I love how they make you look so put together while still being so comfy!
Audrey is rocking that cute short hair bun! That's definitely a must in the Texas summer when it's a million degrees outside!
Love maxi dresses and skirt, they are my summer uniform! Also, I just purchased a denim jacket about two months ago-my first one in ages and let me tell you, I LOVE IT. I wear it almost every single day. I reach for that more than I do a cardigan and I love me a good cardigan.
Charming Lucy says
I have been looking for a maxi for our summer vacation. I think the Lush will be perfect! I like the black and white as well as the cobalt blue! Thanks! Susan
Amanda Fuhrman says
Do you have a recommendation of what to wear under the maxi dresses. Like a good slip? I love the look of the maxi dresses but the material is always so thin and shows EVERYTHING!
Hi Amanda! I have a slip from high school. Seriously. I rarely wear slips, and this one from high school still works for me! It's maidenform! Sorry I'm nor more help! xoxo, Sheaffer 🙂
Try some spanx kind of garmet! i found some inexpensive versions at target. they are units of all kinds, but mine is like underwear you put on that is long like shorts on the leg, and the top goes all the way up to right underneath 'the girls'. it stops the wiggle that you might see with some maxi dresses. totally smooths you out and adds confidence. plus, adds a layer of extra coverage 🙂
I have liked a lot of your recommendations and even bought a few items and now they have become staples in my wardrobe. Thank you! One thing I would like to suggest with your recommendations for shoes is if you can tell readers if they offer some arch or heel support. I have planter fasciitis and although I love a lot of the cute shoes that you show on your blog, I know they will never work for me. Never take your feet for granted!!!! I learned the hard way that cute shoes are not worth the long term suffering that they may cause! 🙁
Hi there! That's a good recommendation! I don't have problem feet, so I never really pay attention to any of that. However, I'm not sure if I'll know if a shoe has good arch or heel support. All I know is if a shoe is comfy or not! (I NEVER sacrifice comfort!) 🙂 I wish they would mention it in their descriptions. xoxo, Sheaffer 🙂
You are very lucky! Here is something just to consider: if it's comfy, cushiony and feels like it cradles the arch that is always a good sign!!!! I think even people with good feet would recognize a shoe with lousy support. Thanks for Responding.
about the bra: i bought the wacoal on your reccomendation! I got a 34c, although im really a 34b. of course, it was too big when it arrived, so i called N and they said that bra is designed for fuller busts, so the "b" size is not an option in that bra. she reccommended the wacoal "b delighted" style, so i will exchange mine for that one and see how it goes! it only has 3 ratings though, vs over 100 for the other? i hope its just as good! but, it is only $40 instead of $60- WIN! Just wanted other readers to know if they are smaller busted………Thanks Sheaffer for the great reccomendation!
Please e-mail me with your review of the bra after you get it! I've been wondering if it was just as good as mine! Thanks! xoxo, Sheaffer 🙂
Melissa D. says
I am loving this back to the basics series! Well, I love all of the fashion advice that you provide! 🙂 A couple of questions for you, if you ever see that strapless bra on sale again, could you let your readers know? I missed out last time! Also, I ordered that adorable Shiloh Smbroidered Top from Anthropologie on the 8th and got notification today that my order was cancelled because it was out of stock. This was my first time ordering from there and I'm curious if this is a common occurrence? Thought I'd check with you since you have more experience with them! Thanks Sheaffer!
Hi Melissa! I will definitely let you all know when the bra is on sale again! (I actually check every couple of days because I've had several readers ask me to let them know too!) So sorry to hear about the Anthro top. I've personally never had it happen at Anthro before. Fingers crossed the bra will go on sale again soon! xoxo, Sheaffer 🙂
Because Shanna Said So says
Nothing like a good black maxi and a denim jacket and dash of turquoise!! And I love Audrey!! We actually met IRL last summer…she is an absolute doll! Looking good, momma!
I have the red and white Loft maxi dress and I LOVE IT!!!! So I drove the 40 miles to my local Nordstrom today to try on some of the Lush maxi dresses. I'm 5'9" and a size 6 so I had no clue how they would run on me. Would they be too short? Hit oddly in the waist? I'm happy to report that the size S fit beautifully thanks to the adjustable straps. I can wear flats or wedges too! I grabbed the solid black (since I already own a teal green BP necklace & the Must Have denim jacket) and the black and white shown above. My store must have had 12 or so different colors and I'm not going to lie, I wanted to grab them all!
I also snagged one of those split neck tops by Lush that Shay features a lot. And I caved and bought the pink stud earrings (yes, I now own all the colors) and they had the all gold beaded hoops- BONUS!!
As always, thanks for never steering me wrong 🙂
Your hair is gorgeous!!
Meagan Ruse says
I feel like you are talking to me and my eighth grade strapless bra…
Laughing sooooooooooo hard Meagan! I will message you IMMEDIATELY next time I know it's on sale!!!! xoxo, Sheaffer 🙂
Jordan O'Brien says
I love this simple formula!! Totally agree. I am wondering what your thoughts are on denim vests over dresses for the summer? I love my medium/dark wish denim jacket for year round, but I'm considering a white or lighter denim vest….. Is that too retro or is it polished and cool? I need PTMT's opinion!
Jordyn Brown says
Yesss, thank you for sharing more maxis with us! Also, I'm a huge fan of you mixing turquoise and black 🙂
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Jennifer Hamilton says
Thank you for the recommendation on the strapless bra! When you featured it a few weeks ago I was hesitant to order it. I have ordered countless strapless bras and have been let down EVERY SINGLE TIME! When it arrived I tried it on immediately and FELL IN LOVE! I hopped online and ordered it in the other color right away! You are SO right! THE BEST strapless bra ever!