Week 4 :: of chevrons and third time’s the charm

How does one dress up a maxi?

Traditionally, maxis are summer garb.  They’re what one grabs when headed for the cabana, raspberry mojito in hand.  They don’t exactly conjure up images of work and professionalism and MacBook Pros at the ready to take copious notes.

So how does one dress up a maxi?

Easy.  Wear it with a crisp, white, tuxedo shirt.

maxi3a Ok, so maybe this particular inspiration pic is misleading.  The denim jacket throws it back into the realm of casual and that shirt isn’t exactly a tuxedo shirt.  But it’s white and you get the idea.  Now, nothing elevates an outfit quite like a sharp button-up and I needed sharp today like nobody’s business.

You see, today marks Round 3 of an IEP meeting with a particularly exacting family. To give you an idea of the magnitude of that comment: a typical IEP (Individualized Education Program) lasts around 15-20 minutes.  This one will be the third 86-minute meeting I’ve had to attend with the same family.



I was desperate for a fierce outfit that would a) follow the mandates of Maxi Skirt Week, b) lift my spirits with its fashion forward-ness, and c) see me through what promises to be another endless battle for which I have no purpose except to be a figurehead.  Here’s the outfit I finally concocted:


Note my version is an amalgam of both inspiration pics: chevron skirt coupled with tuxedo shirt.  Rather than tying my shirt in a knot at the waist, I chose a striking obi belt for a more elegant and refined statement.  (I wish I still had that etsy seller’s info – I’d bought this belt over five years ago during the height of my Japanese obsession but never had the inclination, wherewithal or confidence to pull it off, but now I have all three and I want more!)  The beading of my shirt serves as embellishment a-plenty so I opted for minimalism in my accessory choices with only my signature circle necklace and delicate chandelier earrings.


Shoes almost proved problematic – I thought flats too casual but stilettos seemed over the top.  Thankfully, I remembered a pair of dance shoes my mom had bought for me years ago when she was still regularly ballroom dancing.  She coerced me to accompany her to a dance store one day and practically attacked me with these, swearing up and down that they were the most comfortable shoes she’d ever worn.  And I must say, once again, my mom is right.  Gotta love moms!  (Forgive the lack of photo with said shoe on foot; I am woefully in need of a pedicure and am only brave enough to bare my toes because the sweep of the maxi distracts from their unpainted-ness.)


And yes, that is a flower in my hair.  I feel vaguely Carmen Miranda meets Memoirs of a Geisha in this outfit.


What do you think?  Was this an appropriate pattern pairing for work or is it slightly too costume-y?

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Shirt – New York and Co.
Skirt – Apostrophe at Sears
Belt – etsy
Shoes – a dance store at the mall that I think went out of business already

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16 thoughts on “Week 4 :: of chevrons and third time’s the charm

  1. Heather says:

    I love a good maxi – but yes it’s so hard to wear outside of summer! It can actually look really polished with a blazer!

    Pearls & Paws

    • mtsedwards says:

      Just found this comment in my Spam box. Sorry, Heather. But yes, a blazer would be a good alternative to dressing up a maxi as well. 😀 Love the alliteration of your blog name, btw.

  2. Elba says:

    I have to say, I loved this outfit! I could see myself wearing a version of this. The obi was sooo playful. And paired with the tuxedo shirt, it struck me as cummerbund-y in the best possible way. So in my mind, it totally worked. Good job!

    • mtsedwards says:

      Yay! You totally get me! I was thinking cummerbund-y too but couldn’t quite articulate it. 😀 Glad you liked it. Would your office really let you wear something similar, you rebel you?

  3. jenortega says:

    I think the obi completed the look. Nice job : )

  4. Pat says:

    I love your look and think I could benefit from having you help me put things together. Sharp!

    • mtsedwards says:

      Would love to help in any way I can, Pat! In between molding the minds of recalcitrant juniors, that is! 🙂

  5. Kat says:

    Love the look! Well done, you, for creating such a fabulous outfit! I hope it was a magic charm for this meeting!

    • mtsedwards says:

      Oh, it was! The meeting was actually amicable and productive, unlike the previous two. And I was able to leave exactly at 2:55 like I’d planned even though the meeting wasn’t over yet. It helps when you have to get your daughter to the dentist at a certain time and you’d announced that little bit of info at the beginning. But I’m sure the outfit had something to do with it too! ;D

  6. lori says:

    I love your look. I sure hope this is the final meeting for you!

  7. I love love love the shoes! And, I think you look lovely in your outfit. 86 minute IEP meetings???? Three of them??? You might need to wear pj’s next time!

  8. Shane Suri says:

    Ok, here is the first disclousure….I am not ‘fashion forward’ nor do I have much interest in following popular trends so take this with the grain of salt I’m trying to imply here. The shirt, shoes, hair and belt thingy all look great together. That skirt though is a bit -_- and I mean that in the best possible way. I’m just not sure that skirt worked with that belt and I kept thinking that a slightly different choice of skirt really would have made that outfit go WOW.

    • mtsedwards says:

      All comments are welcome comments as long as they’re meant in good spirit. As with all things in my life, fashion is an experiment and I expect some of them to go awry. None of us are perfect. Having said that, I do think that fashion – like perfume or books – is a very personal and subjective thing. I can only hope to throw together outfits I feel pretty and confident in and maybe inspire/encourage/provoke people to be pretty and confident with their fashion choices as well. 🙂

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