A Moody Floral ELOQUII Maxi Dress for Fall

eloquii floral maxi dress

Gotta love a brand that just KNOWS your style.  Earlier this week, ELOQUII reached out and shared this dress saying they thought it was so me.  Yeah, I do love me a floral maxi dress, and I have many an ELOQUII maxi dress in my closet that I positively adore.

This moody floral maxi dress is a perfect way to ring in fall. I had so many ideas on how to style it (stay tuned to see me wear it with a pair of tall leather boots and tights and a fur collar a la how I styled this eShakti maxi dress a couple of years ago! However, for now, I styled this ELOQUII maxi dress for evening.

There are few evening-appropriate dresses on the market that have sleeves. There are even fewer with long sleeves. Men get to wear not only long sleeves but a lined jacket on top! While I wouldn't wear this ELOQUII maxi dress to a Black Tie affair, I think how I styled it below would work for an evening wedding or similarly dressy affair in fall or winter.

Styling an ELOQUII Maxi Dress for Fall

long sleeve maxi dress plus size

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Dress: Printed Kimono Maxi Dress c/o ELOQUII (14) | Shoes: ASOS (old; similar) | Earrings: Large Faye Knockers c/o Jenny Bird | Bag: c/o Talbots (this year's version which has an optional chain and is on sale) | Bracelet: Metal Marvels | Lipstick: It's actually two, NARS Audacious in Bette with L'Oreal in Matte-Traction Red over it

plus size floral maxi dress with sleeves

I love a maxi dress almost as much as I do a jumpsuit.  Didn't shave your legs? Throw on a maxi dress! Is it cold outside? Throw a pair of leggings on underneath and some tall boots!  Speaking of boots, maxi dresses are one of those rare garments that look as good with a pair of tall boots as it does with flat sandals. Layer with a leather or denim jacket.  Glam it up with some sparkly jewelry and lots of mascara, or keep it chill with a messy topknot.

While I wouldn't wear a maxi dress to most offices, there are few other places I won't wear one. I think it is an extremely versatile garment, and I love that it is a style that works on a range of bodies and a range of prices too! I find the quality of ELOQUII to be appropriate to the price; I have machine washed another of these dresses multiple times and it still looks and performs like new.

long sleeve maxi dress

This ELOQUII maxi dress is stretchy, machine washable, and comes in three different prints (visit the site and you'll see a familiar print – yep I had this same dress last winter in a different floral). I love this dramatic floral print on a plum background. This floral is moody and sophisticated and can dress up for an evening event like the theater or even a wedding. I decided to style this dress in a way for such an occasion.

jenny bird faye knockers

To keep with the moody dramatic vibe, I chose a dark red lipcolor. This actual red is not in the pattern on the dress and I think this is an important detail. It feels more modern to have your lipcolor contrast, not match your ensemble. Pair an orange-red with a pink dress, a cool pink with a coral blouse. It's an easy way to update your existing wardrobe and look!

eloquii maxi dress

I got this black suede clutch at Talbots a couple of years ago. It's very simple, and I find goes with much more in fall and winter than a similar clutch in velvet or leather. The suede reads more dressy than leather, without being all-out formal/festive like velvet. And also, it goes with my shoes!

eloquii printed kimono maxi dress

I bought these black suede strappy heels at ASOS years ago. They are such a great resource for budget-friendly and stylish wide width shoes. The delicate shoe lets the boldly-printed dress steal the spotlight and also reads more formal than a closed-toe option.

eloquii printed kimono wrap dress

I felt by slicking my hair back and giving myself the subtlest of pompadours, I made this day to night dress feel more formal. Full hair and waves could read more daytime, and with a print this bold (and such a bold lip) I felt retrained hair would balance everything.

The earrings are from Jenny Bird, a Canadian jewelry designer I love. These hoops make a statement without being too big or bold. And your gal Alison LOVES a hoop earring! It made me feel me and gave me confidence to finish this look with an accessory that feels part of my signature style.

10 Comments

  1. August 31, 2018 / 6:30 am

    You’re like a woodland queen in this elegant dress! Eloquii really knows their customer!

    I have actually never had a maxi dress (well, when I was 13 and went to a classmate’s bar mitzvah…and at my wedding, ha ha), but I can’t say I never will. Isn’t it amazing that at this point in time we can wear almost anything at any length??

    Bettye
    https://fashionschlub.com

  2. August 30, 2018 / 4:00 pm

    Oh wow Ally this humming bird print dress is spectacular – the way it moves…

  3. Karen
    August 30, 2018 / 2:03 pm

    Oh, this makes me think of what I call your snow queen dress. That gorgeous red one from some years back!

  4. Ratula
    August 30, 2018 / 1:17 pm

    Love that dress! The colors are gorgeous.

    I have a question about wrap dresses. Most of the time I can’t wear them in my regular size because they don’t cover my chest well enough. Is it possible to size up so that the chest is covered, or would this make the rest of the dress too big?

    • August 30, 2018 / 1:20 pm

      It really depends on the cut of the dress and the fabric. With a dress like this one I think you could size up and it would still work. A lot of true wrap dresses would also work because you can cinch the waist. This dress is quite generous in the bust area (I’m an F cup) and is designed so that those who have a smaller bust it doesn’t look empty.

      • Ratula
        August 30, 2018 / 1:47 pm

        Thanks!

  5. Cynthia
    August 30, 2018 / 12:53 pm

    Stunning! Just love the colors in this gorgeous dress. You look amazing.

  6. Claire
    August 30, 2018 / 12:07 pm

    You look wonderful!

    Any suggestions for those of us who can’t wear a chest-revealing neckline (surgical scars) but would love to wear a dress like this?

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