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Ahhh, summer time, when days are long and lazy and hot and sweaty and my brain turns to mush because MY GAWD WHY IS IT SO HOT?? WHY AM I NOT FLOATING IN A LAKE OR POOL? WHY CAN’T A FOCUS WORTH A LICK? sorry for all the yelling, but for real?? WHYYYY? It’s also the time of year you wanna dress for comfort, much like the winter months you just want to exist in clothes that let you move freely and comfortably in while dealing with the extremes each season can throw at you. I think that’s why so many people love Spring and Fall fashion the best, its because we can happily play with layers without feeling like we’re gonna die with all these layers/freeze to death without all of them. Which is why I’m not ashamed to admit I rock leggings 80% of the time in winter, and maxi dresses 80% of the time during summer. So I figured why not put together a fun style guide for inspo on your plus size maxi dress collection!

I did a similar post to this last year, how to style up a basic tank top and shorts, and I thought, dang, I just nabbed a couple SWEET maxi’s recently and I basically wear them as a uniform, I need to sauce em up, and thus, the inspo for today’s post as well as some flavour in my summer wardrobe, and hopefully yours too!

How To Style Your Plus Size Maxi Dress

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jersey tank dress | satin rose print dress

Enter my two new maxi dresses. I love how one is the absolute most basic, comfy, jersey, tank style maxi, while the other is voluminous, romantic, flowy, and soft. They’re polar opposites of each other, but that doesn’t mean they both can’t use some styling to be able to make each one more versatile!

Plain Jersey Tank Maxi 

This tank dress has been on my body A LOT since it arrived with the warm weather with it. It’s mega comfy, almost as good as wearing pjs! But I did feel after day three that I was kinda copping out and needed to add a lil sump’n sump’n to it. Enter the easiest of the steps:

Add A Cage Bra/Bralette

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in addition to the cage bralette I added one of my favourite hats, some geometric statement jewelry, my comfy new holographic faux Birkenstocks and some wicked shades. Voila, simple, comfy, style-y witchy realness!

Rock it out with an Old Band Tee

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I simply knotted up one of my old trusty band tees, threw on my chucks, grabbed my denim vest and some Big Round Eff Off sunnies! Boom, chill, casual Rock Babe!

Layer & Knot!

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This maxi is gonna be PERFECT for transitioning in my wardrobe into fall because it looks MEGA cute with longer layers under it, I like it with mystriped top, it’s classic, but apparently not in season just yet as I can’t find a similar one! I made a cute knot by gathering up the skirt which gives a playful change in silhouette. I added a pop of colour in with my wide brim hat and complimented it with some mirrored sunnies to gloss up the look a tad! Blam, cutie pie hittin’ up the market adorableness! 

Take Me Out To the Ball Game?

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K, I’m not a fan of watching baseball { but yet, baseball movies are some of my favs…can I get a WHAT WHAT for League of Their Own? } however I *AM* a fan of playing hooky and people watching, so PLEASE take me out to the ball game!! I’m wearing a commandeered baseball hat that I bought as an xmas gift for my Love years back { so I have total rights to it, no? }. I also knotted this dress up in a DIFFERENT spot to change up the look. This one is great because you don’t have the knot bonking on our leg ever { the bonking is not that annoying for the other look, I swear, just a different sensation is all }, add some sneakers, a light jacket just in case it gets chilly or the sun is beating down on your burn prone skin,  in addition to the cap keeps this look sporty, but polished and fun! Kablam-o, Sporty Spice!

Romance it UP!

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By adding an fringed triangle shawl you can play with dressing up this ridiculously comfy dress. I tied it two different ways to see what looked best and I kinda love them both. I added a flower to my hair and I always carry around a fan during the summer to help cool me down when things get sweaty, this cutie kitty fan was a gift from my pal Shawna when she came to visit last week! Abracadabra, saucy seductress!

Rose Print Plus Size Maxi Dress

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I ADORE this dress, I adore it so much I’ve written about it before, and youtubed about it, and had it featured in Skorch Magazine, I love it THAT MUCH.

BUT, I’m not wild about the straps, particularly because they are so thin and I don’t have a single bra currently that isn’t a scoop neck kinda soft shelf comfy day bra so I always feel the need to hide the straps in clever ways. Turns out, those cleaver ways to hide the straps also make for wickedly cute and versatile looks!

Belt it + Vest it!

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It’s as easy as 1, 2…yup that’s it! I guess the three could be adding sunglasses! Since I have a larger bust, this dress hangs off my boobs and sometimes I like to nip in the waist, enter a simple skinny belt to the rescue, though I think a chunky belt would work beautifully, especially and obi style belt! Then I brought my ole faithful vest to cover the strrap. This thing is OLD SCHOOL, I’m pretty sure the Label has Faith 21 in it, before Forever 21 rebranded to be Forever 21+! I’ve tried in vain to find it;s equal but I’ve never come across another. Every once in a while myself and another fatshion enthusiast will see each other rocking it and sigh to each other in unison “it’s a gooder, ain’t it” because every rock chick I know that landed this piece, kept it…or at least kept it until it fell apart. Presto, classy rock babe!

By Button and Knot

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Something I truly love is a sheer, collared button up blouse. Especially a sleeveless one, EXTRA especially if it’s black. This is again another old old Forever 21 score, but at least I’ve found something similar to recommend. I like that you can button it all up to the neck and have it tied up for a smart look, or you can leave it all unbuttoned with it cinched at the waist for a more laid back look. Then I like to polish it off with some statement earrings and some killer shades! I actually wore this exact outfit to go see Harry Potter in concert, which is where a live orchestra plays the score during a screening! So I’m gonna say, blam-o, fancy date night lady!

Can’t Beat a Good Tank

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I like how layering a tank top tones this look down. It’s not as dressy and much more casual, maybe the perfect walk between casual and dress up, like attending your bosses BBQ or a spouses summer work event? I like to knot mine up just under the bust. This look is also the base of the next two which require simple additions to take it in totally different directions! Boom, ready to meet the boss!

Did Someone Say Date Night?

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By simply adding a pashmina shawl, this look chill right out for night on the town with your love or gal pals.

For When it Gets Chilly At Night

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Add a cropped denim jacket, I JUST received this and its soooo stretchy and for once, cropped at the actual length I want a cropped jacket. Though this will probably be the last time this jacket is documented without pins, patches and embellishments on it, I kind of have an obsession. I also added a hat, as well as an additional necklace to ramp up my luxe boho, witchy vibes! Presto, date night witch!

I hope some of these lent some inspiration to styling some of you existing pieces in your wardrobe to keep things fresh and style-y!

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