Maximum Black

I could live my entire life in a maxi dress and be happy. I seriously think that maxi dresses are really underrated. For a lot of people, they seem to be reserved as bikini coverups and for runs to the grocery store, but I wear mine everywhere. Maxi dresses are so versatile and are available in so many options that they're great for any occasion. When I do head to the beach (which is almost never), I can dress my maxi dress down with a giant beach tote and flip flops, but when I'm wearing it anywhere else, I can pair it with all kinds of accessories to get a really unique and effortless look.

Studded Hat

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Mirrored Sunglasses

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Black Maxi Dress

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Zipper Belt

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Snake Print Bag

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Lace-Up Sandals

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To hide the fact that my hair looks and feels like straw running out of hair oil (my hair stylist is probably crying right now), I covered up the nightmare that is my hair with a Felted Wool Hat from The Kooples. This hat has both gold and silver studs, so you can mix and match what metal you wear with it. My Camden Heights Sunglasses from Quay are my obsession right now since they're mirrored. They also don't have a nose bridge, making them a little bit different from your standard mirrored aviators. I got my black maxi dress from Nordstrom as a last-minute vacation piece, but I've been wearing it as often as I can. While the dress already comes in a bit at the waist, I decided to really accentuate it with a leather belt with a zipper detail from BCBGMaxAzria. My snake print bag from Steve Madden give the outfit a little pop of color and texture. Lastly I wore my Cors Lace-Up Booties from Jeffrey Campbell, which I also think is a super versatile shoe that works for any season. In the summer, I treat them more like a sandal, pairing them with dresses and shorts, but in the cooler months I tend to pair them with cropped jeans like a bootie. 

Photographer: Nathan Jelenich