Fancy silk maxi, meet my sneakers. Now play nice. Thanks.
Without a doubt, this is the most glamorous sneaker outfit I wear. I started hemming all of my maxi dresses for flats, and from there, it was just a small mental leap into sneaker territory.
The cost-per-wear of this dress has dropped dramatically since I hemmed it. Instead of saving this pretty, pretty dress for the rare day when I feel like trotting around in heels (ha!) I wear it for everything from spontaneous Friday night happy hours to art museum outings and even on an errand running day when Pax was all, “MOM you WOOK WIKE a PWINCESS” and I just went with it because, yes, I do look like a princess.
A princess who can move like a boss, not teeter around like some newborn giraffe. A badass kind of princess.
sneakers: Veja canvas sneaks (super lightweight and comfortable, with a little cushion in the footbed)
backpack: Rebecca Minkoff Julian Fringe – my exact backpack is sold out everywhere, but Amazon has it in either suede black or tan (so gorgeous)…although, the Rebecca Minkoff backpack right now is the oxblood one that’s part of my favorite Nordstrom Anniversary Sale picks.
sunnies: Ray-ban classic Wayfarers
If silk maxi dresses aren’t your jam (and trust me, I totally get it), you can get the same vibe with a maxi dress in a casual fabric. Because of the length, maxi dresses are inherently dramatic, so almost any would work. My advice? Find a casual maxi dress with some sort of glam element: amazing color, extra-flowy skirt, dramatic back – be picky. The goal is to find something you love, something that makes you swoon. I cannot overstate the benefit of a drool-worthy maxi dress, even when hemmed for flats (and most will look fine with heels, too). Weddings, outings with or without kiddos, summer concerts, travel – throw one in your suitcase and you’re virtually done packing.
And I swear Vans work with any dress.
dress: Lanston Maxi Dress (long sold out)…but Lanston has another style in the same fabric/color that’s pretty darn gorgeous (and nursing-friendly to boot)
Shop: Dramatic Maxi Dresses To Wear With Sneakers (or Flats)
Here are my current picks for seriously gorgeous maxi dresses that would look cute with sneakers (or flat sandals, if the sneaker thing isn’t for you). Some are fancy, some are more casual, but they all have some unexpected design element that make them stand out. Wear and feel glamorous.
(Again: BE. PICKY. There are so many to choose from – wait until you find one that makes your heart beat fast. And then tell us all about it. )