Summer to Fall Fashion: My Favorite Thing to Wear

Summer to Fall Maxi Dresses

Dress — Gap. Necklace — Francesca’s Collections. Bracelet — Francesca’s Collections.

I am so in love with maxi dresses. I have seriously lived in them this summer! They’re perfect for all seasons — especially spring and fall when the weather is unpredictable and it can be hard to figure out what to wear and stay comfortable! But with a simple scarf or cardigan, maxi dresses effortlessly transform from light and breezy in the summer sun to warm and snuggly for crisp fall nights.

Know you’re going to be outside all day, walking around in the heat? A light, breezy sleeveless dress is just what you want to stay cool! Going to dinner in a chilly restaurant at night? Throw on a cozy cardigan for an extra layer of warmth.

And oh my gosh, they’re so super comfy! It’s basically like wearing PJs all day. But you look cute and dressed up. Yay!

And that’s another thing I love — how versatile they are. You can wear them anywhere. They can be dressed up or dressed down. They are perfect for just about every occasion. And they’re comfy! And cute. Did I say that already?

Summer to Fall Maxi Dresses

Dress — Gap. Sleeveless Cardigan — Maurices. Bracelet — Anthropologie. Earrings — Ann Taylor LOFT.

Dresses with wider straps are great, so I can still wear my favorite all-day comfy bra (oh my gosh, I can’t believe I just said bra. On the internet. I’m sorry), but if a dress has teeny spaghetti straps, I’ll add a light, sleeveless cardigan to hide the straps. Because there is not a strapless bra on the planet that is comfortable. True story.

Photo Posing tip: If you’ve got a free arm dangling (like my right arm in these photos) pull your elbow back and tuck it behind your waist. You’ll instantly look slimmer. You will see me posed like this in every single photo I take! *blush*

Summer to Fall Maxi Dresses

Dress — Anthropologie. Cardigan — Ann Taylor LOFT. Bracelet — Francesca’s Collections. Earrings — Ann Taylor Loft. Shoes — Sanuk Yoga Mat Flip Flops.

This is pretty much my uniform for traveling. It’s light and airy, so I don’t have to worry about things getting bunchy and uncomfortable if I’m sitting for a long time. And the light cardigan is perfect for when I have to be on an airplane — which can sometimes get chilly — or unbearably hot if you get stuck sitting on the tarmac!

And I love that I can wear my comfy flip flops in ‘em — which is also an added bonus for airplane travel! I know I’ll be comfortable and ready for whatever the day brings, whether it’s lots of sitting or lots of walking, blazing sun or full-blast air-conditioning.

And I think I’ve said “comfy” one too many times in this post. I may have a problem. ;)

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Kerry August 14, 2012 at 3:28 am

I sat down to WORK, good that I am not AT work… and got completely sidetracked when I saw your “favorite thing to wear”. Now I am not normally the kind of person that sees a trend or something on a best friend and runs straight to the store to BUY… and yet, I currently have the GAP window open as I type, because I have yet to see such cute Maxies! You look stunning in them… THANKS so much for posting!!!! Oh oh… and one more thing! When you were in Berlin and did your post about the sweet treats there — GREAT JOB!!!!!! We are still in Germany, but have moved from Berlin to right outside Stuttgart with a potential move to Munich on the horizon. But while we were in Berlin I fell in LOVE with the giant Belgium waffles lathered in ice cream/cream/and drizzle… in fact we celebrated my daughter’s birthday there! If you EVER get back… there is a Turkish bakery in Kreuzberg that is literally to DIE for if you want to spotlight “Baklava”! Mmmmmmm…


Joan August 14, 2012 at 5:43 am

you NEVER want stripes going around your body. So the answer is the diagonal dress!


TidyMom August 14, 2012 at 10:36 am

I think stripes gong around are fine if you are thin……and they look wonderful on Amanda!

Jenny Flake August 14, 2012 at 3:31 pm

I disagree! I love the stripes!!! You are the cutest Amanda, love all of these dresses!! xoxo

Janet August 15, 2012 at 9:58 pm

I disagree too. Amanda looks fantastic in all these dresses!

Nicole March 29, 2013 at 3:22 pm

Total myth. I love horizontal stripes! Several of my favorite shirts and dresses are striped, and I’m not a skinny by any means. I feel good when I look good, and honey, I look Great in stripes!

soffy August 14, 2012 at 7:06 am

wow so pretty dresses!!!.. and you looks great on them!!! gracias for sharing as always!!
hugs from colombia…


shelly (cookies and cups) August 14, 2012 at 7:54 am

And now I have just ordered scentsy and those flip flops!!


The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh August 14, 2012 at 8:58 am

Gorgeous dresses! I love the way you can dress them up or down. I wore a few in Hawaii and I loved the lazy feel but the lovely look. :-)


Toni Legates August 14, 2012 at 10:30 am

You look amazing Amanda thanks for sharing and for the tips as well!


Shaina August 14, 2012 at 10:32 am

They’re all cute (and I know because I’ve seen you wear all of them), but I want the Anthro one. Want it.


TidyMom August 14, 2012 at 10:35 am

I LOVE your maxis Amanda!! being a girl who is vertically challenged, I don’t have the pleasure of wearing them as often, since they are so much harder to find in shorter lengths – but I have some shorter dresses that I LOVE to wear in spring thru fall and just add boots, sweater and scarf – or flip flops and light sweater in summer!


Helen Miller August 14, 2012 at 10:39 am

Love, Love, Love the dresses, every one of them are gorgeous on you …..and they look so comfy…lol


Jamee @ A New Kind of Normal August 14, 2012 at 10:48 am

Amanda you look fantastic! I had to have major abdominal surgery this summer and still have issues wearing pants with a waistband so maxi dresses have been a summer staple! I’m not as tall as you so thankfully I’ve found a good tailor :) I’ve been on the search for a great bra so I’m going to have to check out this one you’ve mentioned! And you are right – there is so such thing as a comfortable strapless bra!


Maria August 14, 2012 at 10:54 am

You are gorgeous! I want to go shopping with you!


Carla @ Carlas Confections August 14, 2012 at 11:18 am

I love the maxi dresses on you! You are so adorable!!!! I cant wait to get to the gap and anthropologie to get some more :) And the sanuk yoga mats are the BEST! I have the pink and blue pair. I want more ;) Thanks for sharing all the fun tips!!!


Becky August 14, 2012 at 11:42 am

You look amazing….as always. Love these dresses. Hugs, Becky


Elizabeth August 14, 2012 at 11:52 am

Those are such cute dresses!! Love your fashion posts :)


Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. August 14, 2012 at 12:21 pm

cute girl! Love all of these dresses


binhtheredonethat August 14, 2012 at 12:40 pm

I LOVE all the dresses, especially the chevron pink and orange.


Lois August 14, 2012 at 2:37 pm

I am SO HAPPY to see you posting again about things like food, clothing, your favorite things, etc!! While I have enjoyed your travel posts, my very most favorite are the ‘normal’ posts like this one. I have been really missing them! They are what make you so real. Thanks for some more glimpses into your life.


Sarah August 14, 2012 at 2:50 pm

Yes!! I love Maxi dresses too!! So easy and I just add some pretty dangly jewelry to make me look pulled together even if I only took 15 minutes to get ready. I also love the sleeveless cardigan, I have one but hadn’t thought to wear it over a maxi. Yay for new uses for old clothes!


Heather Christo August 14, 2012 at 2:56 pm

Super cute dresses Amanda! This style looks great on you. I always want to wear them, but I am so tall, I get a lot of ankle/lower calf action (awkward) I have to expand my search! Thanks for reminding me how great they would be for travel too!


Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen August 14, 2012 at 3:13 pm

I love that first one from Gap, I’m going to go see if they have it at the store near me!


Jenny Flake August 14, 2012 at 3:33 pm

I seriously can’t wait to go cute clothes shopping again soon!! Sorry for my snippy response to one of your readers, lol!! I love all of these! xoxox


marla August 14, 2012 at 3:52 pm

Oh Amanda!! You look so beautiful in these stripy dresses. Thanks for teaching us “the pose” and for being such a great role model :) XO


Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes August 14, 2012 at 4:26 pm

SO cute! love all of them :)


Lisa | With Style and Grace August 14, 2012 at 4:31 pm

you are just the cutest!! loving all these dresses, perfect for all these warm days!


Aimee @ ShugarySweets August 14, 2012 at 6:56 pm

Oh my those dresses are too cute on you! You pull them off so well, like they were made. For you. Love the trick with the arm in photos, totally going to try that!


Brian @ A Thought For Food August 14, 2012 at 9:00 pm

HAHAHA! Cute… very cute. Love that dress!


Alejandra August 14, 2012 at 9:54 pm

SO with you on the maxi dress love! I’m wearing one today. I also like that when they’re long and almost touch the floor they make you seem taller and slimmer. Bonus! I wear mine for traveling all the time. You can almost curl up into them and make like a little maxi dress sleeping bag. So soft and comfy!


Carolyn August 15, 2012 at 6:01 am

I always think I am too short for maxi-dresses, but all of yours make me want to get one!


Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies August 15, 2012 at 9:41 am

So cute! I have the shortest legs, so I’m always afraid to try maxi dresses. And I love that you pose the same way I do!


carrian August 15, 2012 at 9:56 am

I love everything!! I’m a huge fan of maxi dresses and the stripe thing is only true if you’re trying to hide your body. You’re darling, totally don’t hide anything!


Deliciously Organic August 15, 2012 at 11:53 am

So, so cute!! I still haven’t bought a maxi dress, but this post changed my mind! I love the Anthropologie dress!


Jennifer August 15, 2012 at 1:24 pm

Thanks for the awesome post on your cute dresses! While I love all the food and travel pics I have been missing your thoughts on fashion, great products, and crafts. What I’d love to see is an update on your current favorite iPhone apps.


Hope@Fairhope Supply Co. August 15, 2012 at 2:50 pm

I just found your blog, and must say you are a busy couple! Love it! I’m a new blogger, so I’ll be back to visit more. You are very inspiring!

You look really cute in the maxi dresses too!


Melissa M August 15, 2012 at 6:51 pm

You are so darn cute AND you can wear the heck out of horizontal stripes!
Color me jealous!


Lori August 15, 2012 at 8:29 pm

I said the comment to someone at work today that maxi dresses are like wearing PJs. LOL. They are DEFINITELY so comfy. LOVE them!


aida mollenkamp August 16, 2012 at 12:55 pm

Such cute outfits and I share your love for maxi dresses, Amanda!


Victoria Miller August 16, 2012 at 1:03 pm

Love this post Amanda! Have you ever thought of doing What I wear Wensday Post? I love to see your outfits, they are alwasy so darn cute.


ryane August 26, 2012 at 1:32 pm

They all look so nice on you. Cool summer dresses nothing like it.


Back For Seconds September 3, 2012 at 10:04 pm

I LIVE in dresses! These are all so pretty and you look fabulous in all of them! I love that dresses are so comfy (like you said) but you instantly look graceful and feminine in them.
I love a good fashion post, thanks for sharing, Amanda!


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