Investment Pieces – A Staple Black Maxi Dress

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Before maxi dresses became the norm and the yoga pant of the dress world, my favorite maxi dress designer was Rachel Pally.  You cannot beat the drape and weight of the fabrics.  I have had some of her pieces for years and they still look as good as the first day I bought them.  They are quality staple investment pieces that will stand the test of time.  Rachel Pally pieces are some of my favorites to travel with because of the zero wrinkle factor.  I will say they do arrive long, so either wear with some tall wedges or you will have to get them hemmed.  You can always find them on sale, either on 6pm, Nordstrom Rack or Gilt.


I have been looking for a new black Summer maxi that is low maintenance and not too low cut.  Well my search is over when I found the Evan Dress.  I love how you can keep this simple or dress it up with a statement necklace (favorite one now on sale!) or earrings.  This dress is ultra slimming and how gorgeous are the back details right?  Just enough sexy right?

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Black Maxi Dress ||| c/o Rachel Pally find here on sale similar here and here

Sunnies ||| Karen Walker on sale here c/o DITTO.  Have you signed up for your first free month yet with the code MEETATTHEBARRE.  Seriously, it’s the best monthly subscription ever.

Leather Tote ||| c/o Coach find here similar budget friendly here and love this one

Rose Gold watch ||| c/o Kapten and Son find here

Lip Color ||| Laura Mercier Fuchsia Mauve find here

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38 responses to “Investment Pieces – A Staple Black Maxi Dress”

  1. You can never go wrong with a good black maxi. I am currently on the hunt for a new one since I wore my old one to death. I will have to check out the Evan. I am also in love with your Coach bag. They have the best brown leather color!

    Whitney & Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

  2. Nadine says:

    This dress is classic and beautiful! I have yet to find a maxi dress that I like on me but I haven’t given up hope that there is one out there. Next time I am at Nordstrom Rack, I will have to see if I can find this brand!

  3. Ashley says:

    I swear by Rachel Pally dresses! Not only are they crazy comfortable, they really withstand the test of time!

  4. Julie Joy says:

    Wrinkle free?! Sounds like heaven! Gotta love perfect staple pieces like this dress! Love it!

  5. Caroline says:

    LOVE! I may need that dress haha. I would have to get it shortened though, but whatever. It would be perfect for me to wear to work or for fun. Thanks for sharing lady! :-)

  6. Chesson @ Magnolia & Main says:

    Oh I love the back of this black maxi dress! I’ve got a black maxi dress that I love because you can keep it casual or easily dress it up for a date night. They’re great dresses to have in your closet!

  7. Biana says:

    I totally agree with an all black maxi!! I bought one from F21 of all places 6 years ago and it’s still my favorite!! Super cute new tote!

  8. That dress looks like it could even be tall/long enough for me! But it’s a no go with the back detail. I love it but if I can’t wear a bra, game over. Until I stop nursing. Then game {back} on! ;)

  9. I love that maxi! Of course it is Rachel Pally–she doesn’t ever fail! And how you styled it–with the bag, the tulips, the shot! Perfection!

  10. I agree, everyone needs a good black maxi as a staple piece! So perfect for spring and summer and easily dressed up or down. I love the back of this one! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

  11. Rebecca Jo says:

    This one was MADE for you – the cuts & length? Gorgeous & perfect!

  12. Elise says:

    Black maxis are a must!! This one is just beautiful. I love the back detail! gorgeous look!

    xx, Elise

  13. Karly says:

    I absolutely love this dress! You never can go wrong with a black maxi, and the material on this one looks so luxe.

  14. Gina says:

    I love the back! Super cute. I used to always travel in a maxi until I had to get a complete pat down because of it! Umm no thanks. They said they do that to everyone wearing long dresses. I was like …. Where would it be hiding?! :)

  15. Sara says:

    I love this!! It would be a great long haul flight outfit with a cardigan too!

  16. Sierra says:

    What a great maxi dress! You can never go wrong with a black staple piece. Haha, it’s so true, maxi dresses are the yoga pants of the dress world. Beautifully Candid

  17. Jenn says:

    I love the cut of this dress, and the cutout in the back is awesome!

  18. Tiffany says:

    I love the back of that dress! Just enough sexy. :)

  19. Natalie says:

    Rachel Pally makes some of the best maxi dresses. This one is gorgeous on you! I need a new black maxi this year, might need to try this one on.

  20. Ashley says:

    Too chic, lady- definitely need one of these dresses in my life!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  21. Leah says:

    You seriously can never go wrong with a black maxi! I love mine and wear it a lot – in so many different ways, too!

  22. Love the look! I have a black maxi that is a bit low cut in the front that I need to replace. I wish I could get the one you are wearing! Damn budget! A trip to the Nordstrom Rack is in order to find something similar!

  23. Amanda says:

    I love these pictures of you! That dress is so fabulous!

  24. Lindsay says:

    This dress is stunning! I love Rachel Pally pieces. Every single thing I have bought has lasted me years and never goes out of style. Perfection!

  25. sydney says:

    I love the fit of this dress!
    xo, Syd

  26. I absolutely agree; this could be styled endless ways and the back is precious!

  27. A perfect fitting black maxi is a must have for every closet! Loving the back on this one!

  28. Emelia says:

    I’m not ashamed to admit I’m obsessed with black maxi’s. I own about 7. They’re classic and can be worn so many ways! This one is so pretty, and that back is to die for. You wear it so well…love!

  29. That’s the perfect black maxi for summer, and the detailing on the back is so cute! I also love the fact that Rachel Pally dresses don’t wrinkle, which definitely makes them perfect for travel, like you said!

  30. I love a good maxi dress and this one is absolutely gorgeous! Love the back! x

  31. Owen Davis says:

    Seriously getting this dress right now. I have been searching high and low for a black maxi. Question… is it long enough? I’m 5’8/5’9 and I cannot STAND when maxis don’t touch the ground!!!

  32. Kelly says:

    Oooh, love the back!! Love long dresses for a slimming, ultra-chic look! Can’t go wrong with black.

  33. Well if this isn’t the most flattering silhouette ever! You look fantastic!

  34. Looks like its time to grab a black maxi! You look so great!

  35. So beautiful! This dress looks so comfortable, too. And that back detail is just the perfect amount of something special on a black maxi dress. I love the brown bag against the black, too. Great outfit!


  36. kristen says:

    ooooh so pretty! they don’t wrinkle and they arrive long?! LONG? off to buy me one!

  37. Danielle says:

    Seriously, it looks like the yoga pants of dresses. So cute.
    I steer away from maxi dresses because I’m only 5 feet tall and all would need to be hemmed. But I get so jealous of the ease of them! I’m more a romper girl. Who needs separates in the summertime, amirite?

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