Maje and Sandro were two of my staples when I lived in Europe, so naturally I had to stop by those stores when I was in Paris last summer. I spotted this simple sleeveless black dress at Maje (that I pulled a lace top over for the pics) and loved the zipper detail and “fit and flare” silhouette. After much internal debating, I couldn’t justify the price because I couldn’t really think of anywhere to wear it to. How very practical of me, right?
Much later on I was “window” shopping at Bloomingdales in SF when I stumbled upon the Sandro & Maje section. I had no idea those brands were even available in the US! And to my delight, my Maje dress was there, on sale, and soon after, in my closet. I wore it to the little I could, but it mostly sat there… for awhile, a long while.
Typically when I shop, I buy items that can be worn for multiple occasions or in different ways. I was recently very inspired by one of my favorite bloggers layering techniques and have been pushing myself to be more creative in my styling. As I was doing some spring closet cleaning, I experimented with this Maje dress and realized it could be worn in so many different ways: with a denim jacket and flats to make it more casual, a sweater to accentuate the flared skirt for day or night, or even some opaque tights and a layered top to make it work appropriate (which only works depending on your office dress code and environment of course). Here I just layered on a lace crop top to give the dress a different feel on a cool but sunny San Francisco day.
By the way, everyone always asks me about these Prada sunglasses and I just noticed that they are now on sale!
Maje front zipper dress (very similar Maje dress here and I’m tempted by this other front zipper dress) // H&M lace crop top (old but Forever 21 has a similar lace top in a variety of colors – only $9!) // Diane Von Furtsenberg satchel // J.Crew leopard wedge pumps // Prada sunglasses (ON SALE!) // Swarovski earrings // MAC lipstick in Dubonnet