Welcome back to 22 Days of Summer Fashion! Cyndi at Grace + Beauty and I have teamed up to bring you a total of 44 summer outfit ideas during the month of June, and today is Day 4.
I’m always trying to find cute, affordable pieces that I think y’all might like, so I picked up this cute Stripe T-Shirt Maxi Dress at Target* a few weeks ago.
I honestly didn’t expect it to work for me, but as it turns out, I really like it! It has just enough shaping through the waist area to be flattering, and I’m pleased with the quality of the material for the price. I also like how modest it is. So many maxi dresses are strappy and hard to wear with a regular bra, but this one provides a lot of coverage for those of us who prefer that.
The nice thing about a casual summer dress like this is you are one and done. Throw on an accessory or two, slide your feet into your favorite sandals, grab your favorite bag, and walk out the door.
I do wear lightweight shapewear under dresses like this. They smooth everything out without adding bulk, but they are long. For something a bit shorter (for shorter skirts), Spanx makes these shaping shorts. I’m also interested in trying these mid-thigh shorts. I had a pair in another brand that I’ve misplaced so I need to order a few for summer.
A slip is another option. I bought this one a few years ago. It’s $$$ but it is perfect for wearing under dresses that you want to skim the body and not stick to anything, and it’s short enough that you don’t have to worry about it peeking out under the hem of a shorter dress. I keep forgetting I have this, but it’s exactly what I needed yesterday when I wore the Sleeveless T-Shirt Shift Dress — another t-shirt dress I picked up at Target. You can see it on my Instagram. I like it, but it is a little more clingy than this one. I have both in the medium.
I really like the length of this stripe maxi dress because it’s plenty long enough to wear with heels. It’s a bit too long for flats, but I put it through the washer and dryer so I am expecting it to shrink up some. If you’re tall, this dress is a good option for you, and if you’re short, you can always have it hemmed. For size reference, I am 5’5″.
Here’s a view from the back. I like the placement of that wide white stripe at the waist; I feel like it’s slimming. If I really wanted this dress to fit perfectly, I could have it taken in a bit at the waist, but I probably won’t bother. I think it works okay.
The side slit is attractive and makes it easy to walk in. I like that it’s not too high.
Yikes, it looks like I should have taken an iron to this! Funny how many things you don’t notice until you develop pictures.
I’m wearing my old faithful Tory Burch Lexington Wedge Sandals and carrying my Serif T Saddlebag. Y’all are probably getting sick of seeing those by now! If you want a similar style of shoe for a fraction of the price, these Tracey Quarter Strap Sandals look great. They’re also from Target.
This dress has already gone to clearance, and sizes are going fast, so if you want one, grab it while there are a few left! It also comes in black and grey stripes. The same style comes in these thinner stripes – a coral and a grey option. There’s a similar style that comes in a variety of solid hues. It is not on sale, but it’s only $24. And for a similarly modest style that is sleeveless, they have this striped maxi dress for $29.
Merona Stripe T-Shirt Maxi Dress // Lexington Wedge Sandals (similar: Tracey Quarter Strap Sandals) // Serif T Saddlebag // Arabesque Chandeliers & Engravable Disc Necklace from my Stella & Dot Boutique // nails: CND Studio White
Be sure to visit Cyndi and see the summer outfit she’s styling today, and come back tomorrow for my next summer outfit!
*Before the topic is raised in the comments, I want to say that I realize some people are choosing not to shop at Target right now, so I’ll go ahead and address the white elephant in the room. I hearby declare this an apolitical fashion blog. While I certainly respect everyone’s right to an opinion on certain current events, it isn’t a topic I care to discuss here. (That’s what Facebook is for, right? Ha!) But in all seriousness, I respectfully ask that we all give each other grace in this matter and keep the conversations about it elsewhere. Thank you.
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