I’m a huge fan of clothing that can transition, from office to home to weekend lounging, and from spring to fall. I don’t count winter in there because, in Hong Kong, you’re kind of bound to be wearing heavy pants, sweaters and boots through winter so there’s not much in the way of transitional options.
One of my favourite pieces is the maxi dress. They’re perfect for throwing on over a bathing suit for a Saturday at the beach. They’re great for wearing out to dinner on a sticky summer day when you know you’re going to end up with a stomach full of beer and appetizers. And, with the right accessories, they fit in just as well at the office (caveat: I have a pretty casual workplace). Make the layers a bit heavier, and your maxi dresses will take you through milder spring and fall temperatures, too.
I think the trick to an office-friendly maxi dress is to make sure doesn’t feature a really bright, tropical pattern. Florals, yes, stripes, yes, but in shades that are a bit less neon than something you might wear on a cruise. Finding dresses that have a bit more shape help combat the muumuu/nightgown look, too.
To make it okay for the office, I think you need a cardigan or shirt to cover up bare shoulders, and shoes that aren’t flip-flops.
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