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Back to Black: New Look Inspire Bardot Maxi Dress

When the weather gets warmer, I love a maxi dress. There is something so Grecian and goddess-y about them which I just love. A black maxi is a staple in my wardrobe as it just about one of the most versatile pieces come summer. My black maxis always get a lot of wear, and I hate that look of overwashed, faded black clothes, so at the beginning of the Spring/Summer season I always keep my eyes peeled for a replacement.

Black peep toe cut out pumps - Primark
Brown leather belt - old 

I spyed this winner on the New Look website and I was sold. It is reasonably priced (as New Look always is) and I already have a few New Look maxis which I love so I figured it would be a good fit. I am also a sucker for anything that's a bit gypsy-ish, so I will definitely be donning this with some seriously large earrings and bangles at some point this summer.

I got it in my usual size 22 and the fit is fine. If I'm honest I might have been able to size down but this is a dress where a little bit of slouchyness is not a problem and I prefer a looser fit in the summer.   I'm 5'8 and so sometimes have a problem with maxis coming up short - no one wants to look like they're expecting floods - but this comfortably reaches my ankles so looks great with flats, flip flops and sandals. (In a few pics it looks a little short but I think that's just it being hitched slightly by my belt).

The Bardot frill is a great seasonal update - a really easy way to incoporate the 70s trend without going overboard. This is a generous Bardot neck, which means it can be worn quite low down on the shoulders or just off them. The frill creates a pretty, flirty, fluttery sleeve and the looseness means it gives you coverage while not making you sweaty (yay!).

This dress is just super easy to wear. The jersey is thick enough that I don't feel like I have to wear shapewear (althought would probably if I was going out out - but that's more me than the dress), and thin enough that it would be totally practical for a summer holiday. It's the sort of thing I would pair with some pretty sandals for dinner while on a beach vacation.

I know this will be a staple for me this summer - especially on those days where I don't know what to wear and just want something flattering and comfortable. I'm looking forward to showing you some of the ways I style it throughout the summer. What about you? Anything you must have during summer? Let me know below.


  1. I blogged this dress this week too - we have such similar taste in clothes. You look fabulous xx

    1. You look so great in it too - so easy to wear, I love it!
      We are such wardrobe twins :)

  2. Cool dress, it really suits you.

  3. Love this dress. You look amazing. I am on the chase for a new maxi dress now as I love wearing them to work in the summer, so I might take a look at New Look since it is so affordable. Just that everytime I go to New Look I end up spending loads more than I intended to do. :) :)

  4. I got my summer wardrobe out today and realised just how many New Look maxi dresses I have. Deffo go have a look!


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