Laid Back Maxi Dress Style

Once upon a time there was a girl who had so many dresses in her wardrobe, she didn’t know what to do with them.

This was me, a penchant for a vintage silhouette or a novelty print. Lo and behold, a full wardrobe that no longer fitted my lifestyle.

After reading about capsule wardrobes, I realised it was something I needed to sort, for my own piece of mind. Having a clear-out is extremely cathartic, because you end up feeling physically and mentally lighter.

dress down a black maxi dress for daytime

Read more about my capsule wardrobe here.

Now, when when I look at buying clothing, I try to figure out how much wear I will get from it. I also consider how many things it would go with that I already own, and how well made it is.

When Two For Joy got in touch and wanted to work with me, I was careful to still apply the same thought process. It’s great working with brands, but it had to fit with my new outlook on a carefully curated and considered closet.

As it turns out their ethos is rather similar, and I’d even say comparatively (to a lot of other clothing labels) refreshing.

black maxi dress

Two for Joy want to create products that you will wear time and time again. The opposite of fast, disposable fashion. Their focus is sustainable, fairly priced essentials; so I was happy to receive this maxi dress featured.

This is the Any Way Maxi Dress and as the name suggests, there are multiple ways of wearing it. You might’ve seen on my Instagram Stories I demo’d some different ways. any way maxi dress how to wear a maxi dress in the day

For a daytime look I tied the straps in an asymmetrical way and kept the ends long and flowing, creating a relaxed style. The strappy effect is heightened by the fact I’ve a regular strapped black bra on, which I think adds to the dressed down, rock ‘n’ roll, easy going overall feel of this look.

A long black dress is always incredibly dramatic. To dress it down futher I added my SuperGa trainers and my denim jacket.

multiway back maxi dress blogger

What struck me whilst wearing this dress was the drape and the weight of the fabric really flattered. It didn’t feel cumbersome. It’s heavy enough not to be wispy or see through, but light enough so you can easily move around. It was an extremely comfortable dress to wear.

I can see myself reaching for this maxi dress a lot in the future. I rather fancy wearing it for the evening next. It would go from day to night so easily!

What items of clothing do you find yourself wearing again and again?

This maxi dress is in the Two for Joy sale (at £52.50) at the moment. The Any Way style also comes in a jumpsuit and a shorter, midi length dress.

Thanks to Kate Kelly for the photos
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  1. August 21, 2017 / 9:47 am

    I have to say when I saw this on your Instagram I fell in love. It is such a clever dress and you wear it beautifully xxx

    • Susie
      August 21, 2017 / 7:40 pm

      Ah thanks so much Kara!

  2. August 21, 2017 / 1:05 pm

    Wow, you look effortlessly stylish and glam in this dress! It’s definitely a staple you’ll be wearing again and again.

    Hannah x

  3. August 21, 2017 / 1:16 pm

    As you know, I’m a fan of your blog and your pics! This post is no exception!!

    Oliver x

  4. August 21, 2017 / 9:39 pm

    Gorgeous dress! I always loved the maxi dresses especially black! Love the vibe, the style!

    • Susie
      August 22, 2017 / 2:21 pm

      ah thanks so much!

  5. August 21, 2017 / 11:21 pm

    I do love a good clear out and that multiway dress is a fab idea.

    • Susie
      August 22, 2017 / 2:20 pm

      Thanks so much Jo! x

  6. kate
    August 22, 2017 / 10:55 am

    Oh I love the idea of a dress that can be worn in a number of ways, and you’re right about this stylish black number being great to take you from day to evening! Fab for a capsule wardrobe 🙂

    • Susie
      August 22, 2017 / 2:19 pm

      Thanks Kate! It’s one of those that would suit everyone I think too

  7. August 22, 2017 / 1:34 pm

    You look gorgeos Sus! Really chilled and the dress is dead flattering. A black dress will last you years and with all the flexibility, you get more bang for your buck. I love it!

    • Susie
      August 22, 2017 / 2:17 pm

      Thanks Karen! This will last me ages!

  8. August 22, 2017 / 7:54 pm

    Oh that is stunning! You have the height for a maxi dress, they usually drown me. It really, really suits you. I also want to get into the capsule wardrobe thing – I think it will really work for me, so I’m slowly working out my style. X

    • Susie
      August 23, 2017 / 8:19 pm

      Maybe go for the midi version! Thanks Antonia x

  9. August 22, 2017 / 9:29 pm

    OOOh this is a nice dress. I love what you’ve done with the straps. I really want one of these multi way dresses, they look so versatile.

    • Susie
      August 23, 2017 / 8:19 pm

      I’ll be wearing this for years I’m sure

  10. August 23, 2017 / 8:04 am

    Oh Susie I love this dress on you! It’s just beautiful! Xxxxx

    • Susie
      August 23, 2017 / 8:18 pm

      Thanks so much!

  11. August 27, 2017 / 5:47 pm

    Fantastic Black maxi dress. Great styling as always!