Bright Spring and Summer Maxis

by Tiffanie

To say that I’m obsessed with Matthew Williamson’s S/S 11 parachute silk maxi dresses is an understatement of divine proportions. It’s like saying a Chanel bag is timeless — sure, it’s a true statement, but it doesn’t even begin to capture how deeply true it is. The romantic billowing of the fabric, the bright spring colors and the floor length are a lethal combination (see 10:40 in the video).


This got me thinking about the prevalence of bright- and neon-colored maxis this spring. Even at the Met Gala — a formal evening event — popping shades were a popular option.

Brooklyn Decker in Michael Kors, Zoe Saldana and Lara Stone in Calvin Klein, Michelle Monaghan in Derek Lam

But alas, not all of us have $1,695 to spend on a Matthew Williamson dress, or an event like the Met Gala to attend. Bright maxis are a great and wearable summer option, with a little interpretation!

Look for simple silhouettes in light fabrics like jersey and silk, which also add to the flow-factor of your dress. A feminine ruffle or trendy pleat add interest to a monochromatic piece of clothing. Style with neutral wedges, flatforms or sandals and add some wooden jewelry (bangles, tribal necklaces) for the ultimate laid-back, sun-kissed style!

  1. Bloomingdale’s Aqua Sleeveless Braided High/Low Maxi Dress — $88
  2. ASOS Maxi Dress with Pleated Skirt — $120.02
  3. Marc by Marc Jacobs Cee Cee Jersey Dress — $268
  4. Charley 5.0 Go With The Flow Maxi — $178
  5. Bolongaro Trevor Lola Cherry Maxi Dress with Silk Trim and Twisted Hem — $221.58
  6. Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent Silk Maxi Dress — $295
  7. Amanda Uprichard ‘Jessie’ Maxi Dress — $242
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