Happy Wednesday, ladies!
What better way to celebrate the middle of the week than with a little shopping, right? You’ve gotta treat yourself somehow!
Now, I think I am the last person in the world to own a maxi dress, and I am really kicking myself for waiting this long. In fact, when I was raving to my sister about this particular Mint Julep Boutique Love You Always Maxi Dress last week, she reminded me a mere four years ago I once told her I thought that maxi dresses made people look like they were from colonial times.
But after giving my first maxi dress a try this month, I quickly saw the error of my ways. After wearing a long dress in a wedding last December and to the Taste of the South Gala a few weeks ago, I fell in love with how elegant and flattering long dresses could be. I’ve always had a mix of formal and casual cocktail-length dresses, so why not add the same variety of formality to my long dress collection, too?
This whole thing came about when The Mint Julep Boutique reached out to me a few weeks ago asking if I wanted to collaborate on a spring outfit post. Now let me be transparent—the Mint Girls*, as they call themselves, let me pick any item from their site for review. I jumped on the chance because I think they curate some of the best clothes out there that you can’t find elsewhere. Don’t get me wrong, I love places like Nordstrom, J Crew, and LOFT, but sometimes you just want to buy a dress and know five other girls at the event are going to have it, too. And when I need a unique piece, I find myself going back to their website time and time again. Plus, even though they are online-only boutique, they are so helpful. On each item description, they tell you if the fabric has any stretch and provide a sample sizing chart. You can also give them a call or shoot them an email and they can help direct you toward the right size.
That being said, I get pitched a lot of collaborations that I turn down because I don’t think they resonate with my brand or what you like about A Touch of Teal. Some recent rejections include—a jewelry shop that only sells jewelry with skulls, a company that wanted to send me a faux engagement ring, and a non-FDA approved teeth whitening kit. But I took this collaboration because I really do love, and trust the quality of, The Mint Julep Boutique’s products.
(*I first met the Mint Girls at the Southern Blog Society Conference last year.)
Since I was getting an item en gratis, I really wanted to move outside my comfort zone and decided a maxi dress was the perfect fashion frontier for me. I looked at several on their website—I loved this one, this one, this one, and this one—but ultimately settled on this Love You Always Maxi since the navy and white make it such a classic piece, while the skirt on the dress is only partially lined, adding a unique element.
The one thing I think that is hard about maxi dresses is what makes them maxi dresses: the length. I’m 5’4″, so I need a maxi dress on the shorter side, where as my best friend M, who’s 6’0″ would need one on the taller side. Luckily for me, with my favorite pair of high heel sandals, this particular maxi dress was the perfect length. I can’t wait to find more engagement parties, bridal showers, and brunches to wear it to this summer!
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Mint Julep Boutique Love You Always Maxi c/o
J Crew Factory High Heel Sandals
Sideways Cross Bracelet
Forever 21 Ring Set
Target Crossbody—similar here, here, and here
Revlon Lipstick in Cherries in the Snow
Illesteva Leonard Sunglasses
Photos by Monica Dutia