Summer Style Collab: How to Style a Maxi Dress

Greetings, and hello Monday! I’m back with the 2nd installment in my summer style series with Cyndi Spivey, and Deborah Boland from Fabulous After 40 is joining us today. We each styled a different maxi dress for summer.

Deb’s style is classic and elegant with a modern twist, and her mission is to provide practical fashion and beauty advice for women in their 40s and beyond. I’ve learned a lot from her posts, and I’m sure you will too. Definitely check out her blog and subscribe, if you haven’t before.

For today’s look, I’m wearing a casual black scoop dress by Z Supply.

This dress is perfect for vacation or casual days running errands, and I’ve even worn it as an elevated bathing suit coverup when hosting family by the pool.

It came from Evereve, and it runs true to size; I’m in the small. It’s 100% cotton and has a really nice, drapey fit.

I paired it with these double strap slide sandals, also from Evereve. They’re made of all rubber and synthetic materials, making them both affordable and also perfect for the beach or pool. I love the squared-off toe and the pattern on the footbed. They’re true to size, or size up if in between; I have the size 8, and I often take a 7.5 in slides.

Since I styled this dress more for casual wear than poolside, I added some fun jewelry. The brushed silver teardrop earrings and this double strand coin necklace bring the eye up towards my face. I also wore my favorite oversized sunnies.

And then I added this mini boho cuff from Victoria Emerson. Her mini boho cuffs are a nice way to add a little bling without overpowering this simple dress.

Unfortunately, mine has sold out, but there are a lot of other pretty styles. This one is very similar, and it would look especially nice with black.

I totally forgot to bring an appropriate bag to the shoot, so Alison lent me this snake print tote from Anthro. (It’s an older style, so I don’t have a link.)

It sort of works because it’s casual, and the pop of color is nice with the black dress, but I would have brought a straw tote or casual crossbody if I’d thought of it.

Don’t forget to visit Cyndi and Deb to see how they’re styling maxi dresses for summer! And if you liked this post, I’d be thrilled for you to save it to Pinterest so others can find it.

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25 thoughts on “Summer Style Collab: How to Style a Maxi Dress

  1. I’ve never watched Anne with an E but we usually go to PEI every year as a family to cottage on the beach! We’ve taken the kids since they were small! It’s where Lucy Maud Montgomery lived and wrote about Anne! Love the maxi dresses! I’ve made a point to have a black and white one this year as staples for my summer wardrobe! Enjoyed the grad pics you shared yesterday! Great idea to post the pics outside the cooler!

  2. Such a versatile dress Jo-Lynne and you always look amazing in black! Love your shoes too! Cheers, Deborah

  3. Love the outfit! And totally forgot I had those earrings in my Nordstrom cart. Went through your link and they’re mine now!! I’ll be packing my black Maxi dress for our Maine vaca next week, so thanks for the accessory inspiration!

  4. Just ordered this maxi from your link. I’m sure I’ll enjoy the versatility of this dress throughout the entire summer.

  5. Would you believe I’ve still never bought anything Z Supply. I love the look of all their styles, so I need to change that. This is a great dress on you!!! Love the little sandals too. XO

  6. Sending this as a test! Sent an email reply this morning and said waiting moderation and I don’t see it up yet🤷‍♀️

  7. Lovvve the whole outfit, do you know if these sunglasses are polarized or not? Should be for the cost but really love the size, not too big looking for my small face.

  8. 2 questions. If I’m 5’3” 118 would I take XS in the dress? Also, is it bra friendly? I hate wearing strapless bras. You look so casual and cute in this dress. Dresses sure have gotten popular this season. 🙂 I just wonder if ladies got so tired of casual this last year they want to dress up some.

    1. Hey Kathy, sorry for the delay in answering. Yes, I would say XS is right. I wore my regular bra, but it does show just a bit in the back. I wouldn’t wear a strapless, but if you have the kind you can hook in the back, that would be ideal.

  9. What a fab look and nice alternative to shorts or white jeans! I think many of us will be pulling out dresses after a year in casual, comfy clothes. An embarrassing question: does anyone else struggle with sweaty inner thighs or chub rub when wearing a dress? If yes, any suggestions on how to making wearing a dress more comfortable? Wearing spanx types of shorts can make it feel really extra hot so often avoid dresses on hot days.

    1. I found some spankx type shorts at Kohls but they are not hot at all, I know what you mean about an extra hot layer, but these were not that at all. They are more silky and not tight at all. You don’t wear underwear with these. All in all it helps make a skirt or dress way cooler than any pants or capris…ever. And more coverage, but flowy, on my legs is what I’m leaning towards this summer 🙂

  10. Love the zsupply reverie dress! Such a great, comfortable, flattering silhouette! I’m a stylist at Evereve and people near and far love this piece! Also the dolce vita’s paired with it!

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