Do you have a summer staple in your wardrobe? Maybe you have a few choice pieces that you turn to, time and time again when the weather gets warm. If you’re anything like me, one of your fail-safe pieces will be a maxi dress. For me, the maxi dress has become a hero product, perfect for casual daytime wear, a great piece to pack for beach holidays and city breaks. But a maxi can also be dressed up with strappy sandals and court shoes, and worn with a blazer for a summer wedding, or even to become a part of your working wardrobe. To put it simply, there aren’t many occasions that a maxi wouldn’t be perfect for.
Marisota is a great place to enhance your summer wardrobe, and it currently has a superb range of maxi dresses that cater for sizes from 12 – 32. I was recently offered the chance to review a piece from the latest Marisota look-book, which is literally full of gorgeous, wearable pieces. It took me an age to choose just one with so much choice, but there was one design I just kept heading back to. This was from the Tribal Print Maxi Dress from the Ava range from TVs Mark Heyes.
I am a huge fan of Mark Heyes from his styling on the Lorraine show, and have now twice had the opportunity to meet him, and been unable to go. (Boo!) The maxi dress from his Ava collection appealed for the pattern, the fact that it was lined, and the design, which indicated this could be a really versatile, wear anywhere dress.
The dress was a pull on style, always great if you prone to bloating. (no zips or buttons to pop!) I liked the v front detail, flattering on a larger bust, and the tie across the shoulders was a lovely, dressy detail. I was also pleased to see that this dress was lined. The elastic band directly under the bustline, gives this an empire feel on a larger bust, a look I personally love and feel comfortable in.
I styled this dress two ways.
Look 1 – Formal – Summer wedding or Special occasion
This dress, as I mentioned before, is versatile. I think the striking pattern, with elements of animal print, can easily be dressed up for special occasions, including a summer wedding. The lining ensures the dress isn’t see-thru, therefore respectable enough for even formal occasions. I added a blazer, a pair of vintage Bally heels in pewter, a statement necklace, and a clutch bag in another animal print for this look.
Look 2 – Summer Hols
This dress will be so lovely for a sunny day or sun soaked holiday. The fabric is light and floaty, and the tribal pattern definitely has a holiday feel. For holiday wear I simply added a colour pop with a pair of toe post sandals.
With thanks to Marisota and Stephanie Churchill PR for the dress for review purposes.