How To Style A Floral Maxi Dress Two Ways

Floral Maxi Dress #summerdress #floralmaxi
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Is there anything more perfect for the summer than a floral maxi dress?  

The truth is, it's not everyday that you'll catch me wearing a maxi dress, especially one that's on the flowy side.  It's not because I don't like them,  I actually love the look of maxi dresses.  It's just that I have never able to find one that's flattering on my figure.  Being tall, with a larger bust, these types of dresses usually fall in a way that give me a wider appearance, and lets me honest, no one really wants that.  However, when I saw this cute floral maxi dress on the Shein website, I thought I'd give it a try.  I'm so happy I did!  No only does it fall perfectly on my frame, but it's also not too short!  Tall girls, can I get a high five!  For my shorter friends, this is a dress that can be easily hemmed.  Now, I understand that it's annoying having to get everything hemmed, but at least you have that option.  There are so many pieces that fall too short on me that I wish I could make work, but unfortunately you can't add length to an item.  In addition to the length, I love the dark floral print, and the fabric is nice a light (yet not too thin) making it ideal for the summer.

 Because this dress can be very versatile, I decided to show you two different ways that it can be styled.  The first is an easy daytime look.  I just threw it on with a pair of flat sandals, and I was done! I did layer a bandeau underneath, as the back and sides of the dress fall on the low side, revealing a bra.  A bralette would be a great option to layer under it too!  For the second look, I decided to give it a dressier feel by adding a belt, which gave me more shape.  I switched out my flats for heeled sandals, and instantly I had a perfect outfit for a bridal shower, dinner rehearsal, or summer cocktail event. 

Another styling tip: the day I shot these photos it was on the cooler side, so I layered a linen sweater over, and love that it gave the appearance of a skirt.  A chambray or white button down,  knotted at the bottom, would also be super cute layered over this dress.

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Look One: Dress c/o | Sandals | Bag | Sunglasses | Bandeau | Necklace | Choker | Bracelet

Look Two: Heels | Belt | Sunglasses

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The feature blogger is Carrie from Curly Crafty Mom.  I'm loving her off-the-shoulder chambray dress!  Make sure to visit her blog for some great summer outfit inspiration.


  1. That's such a lovely maxi dress, looks great with and without the belt :)

    Thank you for the link up!

    Hope that you are having a great week :) We have a birthday party this weekend so I'm just taking a little break to read some blogs before I get back to getting organised! :)

    Away From The Blue Blog

  2. What a fantastic find! The belt and heels completely transformed this look in two easy steps. High five to that!

  3. Lovely elegant summer dress! Have a great weekend!

  4. I love the dress with the belt. You definitely don't look "wide." :)

    Elsie |

  5. This is so pretty on you, and I love both styling options!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  6. Such a beautiful floral dress! Great with the lovely block heel sandals!

  7. I love a good flowy maxi and I love how you belted it!! So super cute and comfy. The flow is perfect. I'm obsessed with a good floral right now too! <3 Jamie

  8. This maxi dress is gorgeous! I love the floral print!

  9. These are two great ways to style a maxi dress, perfect for any summer occasion, this dress looks great on you, I love the color!

    ~xo Sheree

  10. THANKS so much for the feature! Made my day! :) I just got my first lace bralette, I need to try it with some of my maxi's... I love the white lace shown on the back side here! I just love both ways you styled this beautiful piece!


  11. I have the same problem with flowy maxis—I'm tall and busty too—so glad to see you've found one that works! It looks great on you!
    Cheryl Shops |

  12. Rachael, I love this style maxi dress. I have a similar one in black and white polka dots. I never thought to belt it, but now I am going to try that little trick! You look fabulous as always, my friend.


  13. I love the way you styled this maxi. It looks great on you; belted or unbelted. Such a pretty print too. Have a fabulous weekend!

  14. I love the two ways you styled the maxi dress. I love how it looks unbelted because of how flowy it is, but both styles look great.

  15. I love a maxi and one that is so versatile as yours is the perfect summer dress!

  16. I love both options on you! I am loving the one with the belt!

  17. I love the casual styling of a maxi. These dresses were made to be effortless!

  18. Looking sooo lovely with the maxi floral dress dear! Love the breezy and flowy feel, cute floral prints too. So perfect for summer!

    Jessica |

  19. Rachael,

    Love this floral maxi! I’d love for you to join our link up today!


  20. This is so cute on you! The florals are so pretty and I love the added belt!


  21. I've seen that dress on SheIn and it looks amazing on you! I love the bralette with it!

  22. This dress is amazing!!

    Mónica Sors