Getting fancy in a floral maxidress

Librarian for Life + Style | Pinterest snapshot of Kewl Shop floral maxidressI was excited when The Kewl Shop contacted me recently about working together again — I’ve mentioned our past collaborations here, here, and here, including a style interview with them last month. When I reviewed “My Kewl Shop Faves” Pinterest board I had created last fall, I fell in love all over again with their floral printed maxidress.

My comments when I initially pinned this dress read:

V-Neck Floral Printed Long Dress — LOVE. So so so so pretty, with the print and flowy skirt.

So just a few days after placing the request — their shipping is seriously fast, and always free — this floral printed long dress was hanging (or rather, swaying) in my closet. And it is every bit as gorgeous up close as it in the pictures. The design of the dress, with its v-neck, pleated waist, and flowy skirt, has that easy glam factor of ’70s style. The outer layer is chiffon (the under layer is a cheaper-but-serviceable polyester), and the empire waist and skirt design are super flattering for my pear-shaped figure. The length is also properly long, hitting just below the ankle. Y’all know I feel my best when I’m looking “long and lean,” and this maxidress totally fulfills that ideal.

Although best known — and rightly so — for their quality bandage dresses, this lovely dress also goes to show the variety of items available on The Kewl Shop site!

Sam and I took advantage of a sunny day last weekend to take photos of this dress. I chose the backdrop of Peninsula Park, one of the oldest parks in Portland — and the oldest public rose garden in the city! The roses are not out yet, but instead we found a lovely copse of flowering trees to use as our backdrop. I loved so many of the photos we took that fair warning, this is a photo-heavy post!

Librarian for Life + Style | Getting fancy in a floral maxidress

Librarian for Life + Style | Getting fancy in a floral maxidress

My very own Cinderella moment! Love how you can see the chiffon overlay in the shots above and below.

Librarian for Life + Style | Getting fancy in a floral maxidress

I styled this pretty simply, as the print of the dress commands so much attention. I love the easy glamour of wearing flat strappy sandals with maxidresses — a comfortable evening option I’ve personally employed many times, as seen here, here, and here. I added dangly gold earrings, a new dangly gold bar necklace, and a stack of rose gold bangles. The jewelry was quite delicate, so I went a bit bolder with a yellow-and-tan clutch, to echo the bright colors in the floral print.

In the pic below, you can also see the nice detailing on this dress, with the pleated waist, the softly shirred skirt, and the extra bit of fabric loops at the top of the shoulder straps. The cost is a bit steeper than I usually pay ($119), but it seems a fair price when considering the extra, special details. Prom dresses and other fancy dresses also run about that price. (And pssst…. the cost would be even cheaper with the 15% reader discount code, LIBRARIAN15.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Getting fancy in a floral maxidress

Librarian for Life + Style | Getting fancy in a floral maxidress - accessories

Librarian for Life + Style | Getting fancy in a floral maxidress

Let’s talk practicalities now. This dress has a deep v-neck, both front and back — a neckline as low as you will ever see me in. I have a smaller chest, granted, but I never felt like I was in danger of accidentally popping out of this dress. It felt quite secure while wearing it. The info online does state that this dress does NOT have a built-in bra, so you would need to consider what kind of bra to wear with this dress. (It is a given for me that bras are ALWAYS a consideration when it comes to wearing clothes. Bras = real life for women.)

I wore a strapless bra under this, and I added a bra extender/converter like this one to lower the back bra-line, so as not to disrupt the line of the dress. However, I can easily see a strappy black camisole working with this dress as well, to help provide a modesty panel. Or you could add a shawl or cardigan/shrug for more coverage.

Librarian for Life + Style | Getting fancy in a floral maxidress

Librarian for Life + Style | Getting fancy in a floral maxidress

Details:  Floral maxidress:  c/o The Kewl Shop {exact} {floral maxidress with crocheted neckline} //  Yellow clutch:  c/o giveaway, Javo Edge {similar in a crocodile print}  //  Gold-and-cream sandals:  Target, old {similar}  //  Dangly gold-and-black-filigree earrings:  Christmas gift from Stephanie {similar in chandelier shape}  //  Long gold bar necklace:  c/o giveaway, Lulu*s, new {similar} {similar from same store} //  Rose gold bangles:  c/o giveaway, InPink, old {similar bangle set}

And last, but not least, one final “fairytale” shot in Peninsula Park. Sam joked that it looked like the petals on the trees had dropped onto my dress! ♥

Librarian for Life + Style | Getting fancy in a floral maxidress

I love this dress — thanks to The Kewl Shop! — and I can see myself wearing it all the way through the summer season.

And I have another treat in store for you tomorrow:  a casual version with this same floral maxidress! So be sure to stop by tomorrow for more ideas on how to remix a maxidress.

Full disclosure:  I received a dress of my choice from The Kewl Shop in exchange for a review. All opinions are 100% mine and 100% honest.

Linking up with these lovely ladies!


14 thoughts on “Getting fancy in a floral maxidress

    1. Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style Post author

      I know, right?! Such a pretty design and print. I used to have a similar wrap maxidress that was ’70s vintage, but it got lost in one of our moves. I’ve always missed that dress, so perhaps that style and print was in my subconscious when I chose this dress… whatever the case, I’m so glad I did choose this dress! 🙂

    1. Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style Post author

      So sweet, thanks, Carrie! Yes, the floral print is so bright and distinctive. I like that you get a look at the print in different ways, like with the pleating and then all by itself on the bottom of the skirt. The design of the dress uses the print very well!

  1. Caroline

    Oooo, this is one of my favorites! The placement of the floral pattern and the solid black is fantastic for your shape. And the material gives it a such lush expensive look. I must also remark on how jealous I am of the gorgeous camelias and vinca in your perfectly chosen backdrop. Lucky! Haha. It’s been just awful here on the east coast…My camelia buds (and just about everything else) are fried second year in a row. Oh well, maybe next year. …But I think we are FINALLY starting to see little stirrings and faint signs of Spring, yah!

    1. Caroline

      (derp, spelling – 2 L’s–should be ‘camellias’ for the flowers)
      I meant to say congrats by the way on your Invisalign. 🙂 What a wonderful opportunity to be able to do. …I’ve always admired your confidence with or without.

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