June 26, 2013 - Easy Outfits, I Feel Pretty, Style

I Feel Pretty | Carefree

Color Block Maxi Dress Gray

Ahh, summer.  Is it just me or is everything easier this time of year?

Even getting dressed seems easier.  Instead of worrying about layering or accessorizing, you can make an outfit out of one simple piece – a dress.  It doesn’t get any more carefree than that.

Maxi dresses are my wardrobe’s best friend this time of year.  Throw one on with a pair of sandals and some earrings and you’re ready for just about anything.  Now that’s my kind of outfit.

I bought this maxi dress last year before our anniversary trip to Mexico.  It combines two of my favorites – the color coral and color blocking.

Color Block Maxi Dress

Color Block Maxi Dress Casual

[Dress:  Soprano/Shoes:  Madden Girl (similar)/Earrings:  New York & Co. (similar)/Sunnies:  Michael Kors/Bracelets: c/o In Pink]

Color Blocked Maxi Dresses

Speaking of summer dresses, I recently discovered online dress retailer The Dress Spot.  They offer a completely new way of shopping online for bridesmaids dresses or dresses for any occasion.

The coolest feature is the color palette.  You select the color and The Dress Spot does the rest.

The Dress Spot Color Search

The Dress Spot Color Results

After you pick your color and set your price, you get results from all over the web with every style imagine-able in your color palette.

Best of all, The Dress Spot will be giving away one of these gorgeous dresses to one lucky Get Your Pretty On reader.  That’s right, you get YOUR CHOICE of dress on their site (up to $100)!

They made it easy for everyone to enter, all you have to do is register at The Dress Spot to unlock all of the ways that you can win.  Just click on the image below to sign up.

The Dress Spot Registration Page

After you’ve registered, be sure to record your entry in the Rafflecopter below to unlock all of the other easy ways to enter. A winner will be drawn next Wednesday. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I Feel Pretty

  It’s the day of the week at GYPO where we celebrate what makes us feel pretty.  Whether it’s a new outfit, hairstyle, or makeup, the I Feel Pretty link up is about anything and everything that makes your life prettier.  Even if you’re not a blogger, you can still play along.  Just tell me what made you feel pretty this week in the comments!

I Feel Pretty

 Link up your outfits or anything else that makes you feel pretty.  There are just a few simple rules:  1. Follow GYPO. (Facebook, Twitter, Bloglovin‘)  2. Link up your pretty post.  3. Link back to my blog (using the button above or your own link).  4. Visit other pretty peeps.  That’s it! Let the fun begin.

Getting my pretty on with Real Girl Style, Visible Monday, Fashion Friday, Fashion Informant, Friday’s Five, Aloha Friday, Summer Style, Sarah, Shanna, The Pleated Poppy, Style Sessions, Wardrobe Wednesday, Keeping it Casual.

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  • That dress is unbelievably gorgeous! I’m obsessed with it!!! I am loving maxis lately too!

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  • Okay…I have NEVER owned a maxi dress….but I tried several on yesterday and am highlighting them on Friday. I actually liked them! (Never thought I could pull them off because of my height. LOVE yours!

  • Summer is my favorite time of year since everything is more simple. Your dress is beautiful. I will definitely check this company out. My sister is getting married and we are on the hunt for bridesmaids dresses. Heather

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  • I am a huge fan of maxi dresses! They are so easy to throw on and so comfortable 🙂

  • I signed up. Thanks! I love dresses.

  • Ok, I’m loving that maxi but can we talk about your strapless bra? Where did you get it! You look fab. Everytime I have one on I’m either pulling it up or adjusting it because, dammit, these girls need some strap support!

  • Wow you rock that color blocked maxi dress Alison…..so glam!!!


  • Simple, yet stunning!

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  • That dress looks so pretty on you. I am jealous of people that can wear dresses without straps. Aren’t you ever worried you might accidentally step on your dress while walking and pull it down leaving yourself exposed? That is not the reason why I can’t wear that type of dress…but the thought has crossed my mind : )


    • Alison

      LOL! Yes, Suzanne, that thought has crossed my mind a few times. 🙂 I always wear a tight fitting strapless bra under it to mitigate any wardrobe malfunctions.

  • Wow, that is a super awesome way to shop for dresses! I’m hooked.

  • Love this dress and the detail on the bottom is fab! So pretty! Thanks for the link up!

  • I agree – a good maxi dress is crucial! That’s pretty much all I feel like wearing these days 🙂

  • Gorgeous dress. And, yes, Summer encourages simplicity in everything. Which is a nice change of pace.

  • I love the colors on the bottom- it’s a fun touch to a simple maxi!

  • I am in love with your maxi dress! You look so pretty!!

  • I love maxi dresses, so easy breezy! Your dress is super cute and looks great on you! 🙂

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  • Summers are all about feeling carefree! Love this dress on you – so simple & chic!


  • This dress is so pretty! I love how it’s so simple on top and then… bam! Colorblocking with coral on the bottom! =)

  • I just discovered your blog and I love your style. This maxi is so nice, I have a hard time finding some that I actually want to wear but this is a winner.

  • Maxis are the ultimate go-to dress for moms. I swear. You can do everything in them without flashing people and you still look put together!

  • What a great dress, I love the simplicity of summer too! What a great site, I love the pick your color aspect.

  • Coral is really your colour, Alison and your dress is gorgeous.

    The Dress Spot is a fantastic site for me as I am a dress lover. I already spent (too much) time there and will go back again to select my favourite dress which is difficult enough… The colour palette is unique!

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  • Summer dressing is definitely my fave. Put on a dress and go. Super cute outfit as always!

  • What a perfect maxi! I love the ease of a summer wardrobe…especially in Texas!

    PS: You should come link up with me sometime!

    Have a great day!

  • You look amazing in this dress! I love the little splash of coral with all the neutrals. I feel like everything is more carefree in the Summer too! It’s nice to just throw on a dress but I do miss layering sometimes…lol.
    This site is awesome!! Checking it out right now!

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  • That maxi dress is super cute!

  • love the maxi and the earrings are super cute girl!
    Hope you are having a great week.

  • The Dress Spot looks really cool! It’ll be a nice alternative to Polyvore when I try to look for similar items to link in my outfit posts.

  • I like your maxi dress and the pastel colorblock dress as well. Cute! Summer dressing is easier but not that much since I can’t wear anything I want to work. 🙂

  • Oh that dress is just perfect for summer! Love how you paired it with those pretty earrings. 🙂

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  • I’ve never had the guts to actually wear a maxi dress! I don’t know why. I bought one a couple years ago and it sat in my closet so long that I finally got rid of it! But now I feel like maybe I should give the maxi another try again. I guess I just never know what the appropriate occasion is to where on to.

    The Dress Spot sounds like a cool website! I’ll definitely have to check it out!

  • Love that maxi on you! Looks comfy AND cute…winning combo!! xo

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  • You look awesome in that maxi!

  • Maxis and Color Blocking happen to be two of my favorites as well!! Love the coral too. 🙂

    – Sukhi

  • Ahhhh I love that!!! Dresses in every different shade of pink possible. My dream came true.

    And I’m obsessed with your sunglasses, I am officially jealous

  • Pretty maxi dress! Love the color blocking and those colorful earrings!

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  • You are quite right – getting dressed in the summer is so much easier – throw on a cute dress and some statement earrings and you are done!

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  • The dress spot is such an incredible find! Thanks for posting about it. I could spend hours on their website 😉

  • hl

    So cute. And sort of a like a little surprise on the bottom. I’m a shorty and have been trying to find a maxi skirt or dress that I don’t have to get hemmed. I ended up finding a cute high/low dress at target and looking forward to wearing it. I’m trying to figure out if it’s ok to wear to my office where the dress code is business casual. Love the white nail polish!

  • That dress is gorgeous…I love, love, love the bottom!

  • LOVE those maxis, but not sure if I’m too old for them or not??!! 🙂 Happy Friday and Happy Summer!

  • Amazing dress!!

  • Ann

    Adorable maxi dress! I also love wearing them! In fact, I wore one in my latest outfit post. I’ve never owned a color-block dress, but maybe I’ll see one and decide to stretch my horizons one of these times. 🙂 Have a great weekend!

  • Nope… it’s just you. While you look absolutely adorable in your easy and extremely pretty outfit, I have to work so much harder in summer to look better than wilted and melted. It’s winter when I can just throw anything on and make unconscious choices … summer is full of fashion pot-holes for me to fall into. But that’s okay … it’s your time to be carefree with your family and friends, and as naturally as lovely as you are, it will be that way for a long time to come. Enjoy and know we enjoy seeing all your choices!

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  • Kimi

    I’ve been out of town & am behind on my blog-reading, but just saw this and love the maxi!! But as another person commented, I love the strapless bra even more!!! I don’t wear anything strapless b/c I cannot find a bra that works for me – I’d love it if you’d share where you got yours!!

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