What I love about Sundays is getting dressed up and heading to brunch. I’ll splurge and order a dish I wouldn’t typically eat during the week—it usually involves a ton of butter, sugar and syrup. When choosing where to dine Billy and I have a few favorite spots, one of them being Perch in downtown Los Angeles. This trendy French inspired bistro sits high in the sky and has some of the most incredible dishes and cocktails. Once we’re finished dining, we’ll head up to the rooftop bar for a drink and a spectacular view of the L.A. skyline.
My style staple for spring and summer brunch is a bohemian style maxi dress. They‘re so versatile and they look chic and effortless. I love how they fit perfectly in the city with heels, or strolling the beach in flip-flops. For this occasion I pulled a silk peach tie dye dress out of my closet, which I have never worn before. I added a studded white moto jacket with decorative floral stenciling and choose a pair of stacked heel sandals with a palm tree print. To accessorize I went with my go-to white purse, and my favorite peach sunnies. I then combined delicate and minimalist gold jewelry to tie it all together.
Gypsy 05 maxi dress (shop similar 1, 2 ) | Blank NYC studded moto jacket | H&M floral heels (shop similar 1) | Chloe sunnies (shop similar 1, 2, 3) | Rebecca Minkoff purse | Urban Outfitters “Y” necklace (shop similar) | Gorjana collar necklace (shop similar) | Bendel’s signature heart earrings (shop similar 1, 2, 3 ) | A variety of Gorjana rings (shop similar 1, 2, 3) | Vidakush rings 1, 2 | Essie nail polish
How to style a maxi dress:
h Maxi dresses look good on just about everyone, but finding the correct silhouette is key. If it’s too big or too small—or to long or too short—it will not come off as flattering. Recently I made the mistake of wearing a white maxi dress while walking around Venice and ended up ruining the bottom. Now, I always try them on with a variety of heel sizes and make certain they don’t touch the floor. If it’s still too long, I’ll bring it to my tailor (with the shoes I’ll be wearing it with) so it can be hemmed specifically for my height.
h When combining a long dress with a belt, it can accentuate your waistline, and shorten the length. It also adds a little something extra to an otherwise solid dress and creates a contrast with a printed one.
hEstablish a more casual vibe by pairing it with a denim jacket and white sneakers like Converse, Superga, or Golden Goose. Another laid back favorite of mine is pairing with sandals, slides, or flip flops. When maxi dresses are worn with flats, it dresses it down and creates an effortless summer outfit.
h Add a bold statement jacket that’s cropped or hits right at your waist. If it’s to long it will appear bulky and overpowering. Opt for lighter colors like I did with my white studded jacket. The motorcycle style, mixed with the floral stenciling creates an edgy, yet still feminine look. I prefer a softer shade as opposed to dark which gives a tougher vibe.
h If you’re planning on spending the day at the shore, elect a lightweight breathable fabric that will keep you cool in the hot sun, like knit, cotton, or linen. When heading to brunch, a wedding, or something more formal, invest in a dress with a sheer overlay, or a lace texture. These fabrics are dressier and constitute an elegant style.
h From bohemian to minimalist, to eccentric and bold; with jewelry you really can’t go wrong. There is however one rule I follow: If my dress is plain, I’ll brighten it up by wearing vivid and colorful statement pieces and let them stand out. If it has a busy pattern, I’ll layer a mix of delicate necklaces, bracelets, and rings.
h When determining what style handbag to use, my thought process is similar to when I choose my jewelry. If I’m wearing a monochrome dress, I’ll pair it with a brightly colored purse; if my dress printed, I’ll appoint a solid color in a complementary shade. As for the style—I prefer to use a clutch for a formal event, a small crossbody for brunch, and a larger sized handbag for shopping or strolling the beach.
Photo location: Perch LA
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