I love everything about the way this outfit came about.
First, I saw Laura wear the Great Dots Maxi Dress here many months back. It looked so cute on her that the dress wound up on my radar. When it got a second cut down to $40 a few weeks later, I couldn't resist buying it.
Recently, I wore it on my blog here. After that, in a convenient but unrelated series of posts, the incomparable Kristina J. explored ways in which to wear your maxi skirt/dress in autumn (see e.g. here). Around that time, fabulous reader Erin sent me a photo of her own styling of this dress for fall.
When I posted this outfit last week, I mentioned feeling as though the dress didn't really translate for work. However, Kristina and Erin's autumn (and work-appropriate!) interpretations of this dress in turn inspired me to try styling this dress for work following Erin and Kristina's examples
I think having some kind of cropped layer is an almost-surefire way to keep the proportions of the maxi dress in check. For example, witness how weird this looks:
FYI: I ended up changing coats.
So, in sum: Proportions. Layering. Make it happen.
In this Outfit:
Anthropologie Great Dots Maxi Dress (6)
J.Crew Haberdashery Shirt
Anthropologie Pullover (S)
Payless Magenta Pumps (9)
Earrings via Gilt
Bijoux Watch (purchased on a cruise ship)
Necklace (gifted, garage-saled)
PS: Let me tell you an awesome story about these pumps. I bought them years ago at Payless and I have loved them. They're comfy, they're classy, and they're surprisingly versatile. Sadly, they started falling apart this year, so I planned to get rid of them and replace them with a new pair (was eying these), but I wasn't thrilled with the price tag on the shoes I was finding online.
Then I went thrifting last weekend, and what did I find staring at me on the shoe rack but THESE SAME PAYLESS SHOES in exactly my size and in barely worn condition! YESSSSS.
These shoes and I are clearly sole-mates!