Three ways to make a flowy dress interesting again

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Photography: Greg Beuning

What I’m wearing: Dress- BCBGMaxazaria (similar), Shoes- Schutz, Sunglasses- Gucci (they’re sold out so here are some similar)

 I love flowy pieces. I especially love flowy dresses. They’re just so effortless, you throw one on with a pair of boots and a cute accessory like a hat or a long chain necklace and you’ve got the most chic boho outfit set to go. Of course there’s also a point when a flowy dress gets boring, or is used too often to hide parts of our bodies. So how do you make flowy dresses interesting again? Here are my thoughts.

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Color, pattern, print, anything that isn’t a black loose bag pushed over your head

I get it, sometimes we just want to put on something that’s easy, and trust me I’m all about that, but come on, we can’t just have a closet full of blah. So I say buy something flowy and bohemian in a print. I am loving the print of this dress. It’s very, as a friend put it, “Eastern European,” but that just keeps it interesting. All the colors work together, and the gray backdrop makes it cohesive rather than too much. Of course the rest of the outfit matters when you’re sporting a print, so make sure to keep everything else a neutral or in the same color family as the dress. If you’re not quite ready for bold print like the one I have on, try something tamer like flowers, or even just a pop of bright color like a yellow or red. This printed dress is subtle enough for a conservative office, but still packs a stylish punch. And this one is just plain cute and perfect for the fall season. 

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Length 

Play around with the length. Mine is a pretty good length for the office, I think (I have a thing with hemlines. And that thing is I don’t follow all the rules). Make sure you’re not too above the knee of course, but in my opinion, there’s nothing wrong with showing a little leg. In this case though, I’m advocating going longer with the flowy dress. I think there’s something just so glamourous about a long flowy midi or maxi, almost like a flapper from the 1920s. Also, calf-length skirts are super in this fall season and have been all over the runway, so you’ll be on the right side of style with this look. I absolutely adore this beige number, and it’s great that you can dress it up with a pair of heels and jewelry, or dress it down with a flat boot and a belt. This one is also super pretty and gets you the print and length in one. 

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Sleeves

My favorite part about this dress (besides the flowiness), are the sleeves. They are by themselves, flowy, so they really go with the whole flowy dress vibe (I’m using the word flowy way too much I realize). You can try these wings sleeves (although I will make a note that you should be careful when eating), or go with a more fitted option. It works great for chillier weather too; don’t you love it when fashion and practicality intersect? I am all about this dress with just the cute ruffle detail on the sleeves, and think this one would work great for an office to happy hour transition. 

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All of three of these can be applied to regular dresses too, so make sure you’re having fun with everything you’re wearing. Of course it’s important to have the basics, the neutrals, and the investment pieces in your closet, and I’ll do a blog post about that soon. 

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For now, thanks for visiting, and you can keep up with me day to day on Instagram. Hope everyone has a great hump day!

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