Since it’s the end of July, it’s high time I review one of my Tall Speciality Shop Challenge purchases from June. I already shared my mom’s fabulous finds from our Long Tall Sally shopping spree and now it’s my turn. My main shopping mission was to find a couple of wear-anywhere-in-sweltering-weather dresses for my hot summer vacation in Italy. Of course, I had stalked the LTS website and had some ideas about what I wanted to try on when I arrived at the store.
This black and white LTS mixed print button-up maxi has quickly become my summer go-to! There is so much to love about it!
I can show as much or as little leg as I want thanks to the buttons:
The lace-up back is not only a nice detail but also allows for the perfect fit in the waist area:
The scoop neckline is just right for showing off my pearls or any other pretty necklace. And, if I may overshare for a moment, I LOVE that I can wear a normal bra as opposed to a strapless bra with this maxi.
We took these photos as we were leaving our Tuscan villa to go to a nice dinner in the countryside. To jazz the dress up a bit, I wore my Michael Kors stiletto sandals, pearls and a bracelet from Tiffany, pearl drop earrings and my Kate Spade purse. I kept the look rather monochromatic which definitely works, but I feel like this look is begging for a pop of color, don’t you think? At least these flowers and the lavender are colorful. Of course, I had to take a second to stop and smell the roses!
Fit: Overall, the dress fits very well thanks in part to some of the special details like the button-up style and lace-up back. However, the dress is not completely without its faults. I noticed that you could see peeks of skin in rather inconvenient places when I sat down thanks to some gaping at the buttons. To remedy this, I also bought a longline black slip dress from Long Tall Sally to wear under the maxi. Wearing the slip underneath is a fairly easy fix, and I’m happy that I don’t have to worry about flashing anyone. Bottom line: I feel comfortable and fabulous in the dress which is a combo that is often hard to come by.
Fabric: The fabric is 100% viscose which makes it very lightweight and surprisingly breathable.
Wearability: Oh my! Where do I start?! I feel like I’ve been wearing this dress on repeat lately – out to nice dinners, to casual hang-outs with friends, while running errands on the weekends. It can very easily be dressed up as seen in these photos or dressed down with a pair of flat sandals and more casual jewelry. The LTS website even suggests unbuttoning all but a couple of the buttons and wearing it as a sort of “maxi vest” over shorts and a tank for a “festival look”. I think that’s rather brilliant and might put my own spin on it by wearing tights, booties and a jacket come fall.
Do you have a go-to maxi dress? Are there any outfits or specific clothing items that you find yourself wearing again and again this summer?