Trendy On A Budget

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To the max(i)

INC_maxi 2When the maxi dress trend came out, I wasn’t having any of it. How could a floor length anything look good on a short (5’1”) girl like me?  I just figured that maxi dresses should be left to the tall girls.  But last summer, I got brave, went down to the local Marshall’s and grabbed a few different styles to try on.  I selected ones that had some shape (a cinched waist, v-neckline) and were somewhat flowy.  To my surprise, the maxi dresses didn’t over power my frame nor did it make me look shorter, which is what I thought a maxi dress would do.  I finally picked one up for $19.99. At that price, I figured it was worth a try.

I wore that maxi dress many times over last summer; definitely got my money’s worth!  It was such an easy thing to throw on for those hot summer days and also served as a great day to evening wear.  Nowadays, I’m all about the maxi’s.  I threw this one in my suitcase for my trip to Marco Island, FLA!

Outfit Details:

Dress: INC, Bloomingdale’s Outlet, $20.99.  Marshall’s and TJ Maxx have a great selection of maxi dresses, so definitely browse there.  I am completely loving this maxi from Macy’s.  They always have coupons so be on the lookout of one.

Sunglasses: Prada, Sunglass Hut Outlet, $129.99.  Similar aviators on Kate Spade and use code S13FFUS for 25% off ($96).  Promo good through 4/13

Necklace: Gold and Silver ‘L’ initial necklace, 16th birthday present.  Gorjana-Griffin has carries alphabet charm necklaces at an affordable $55.

Clutch: Jacob by Marc Jacobs, $18.  Gap has some cute envelope clutches for $39.99.  Use code GAPSHOP for 25% off ($29.99).  Code exp 4/13.

Bracelets: Alex and Ani, price ranges starting at $24; Spike cuff, Aqua from Bloomingdale’s, $21.  Jewels by Dunn carries a similar spike cuff for $38.

Gold Sandals: Dolce Vita from Piperlime, under $20 (purchased two summers ago).  Take advantage of Lord & Taylor’s Friends and Family event for 25% off your purchase.  You can a pair of Sam Edelman sandals for $48.75 with discount.

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