Wearing a statement sleeve maxi dress put me in a celebratory mood ! The sweet florals and the drama of the slit sleeves , was sheer fun. I wore this maxi dress in Manhattan and in the Hamptons. I just could not seem to take it off!
You know I am a fan of the statement sleeve! You have seen me, or a model that I have styled, with sleeve treatments often. If you want to look back see here , or here – a similar slit sleeve in a paisley print, here in a balloon sleeve in blue lace, and here with gorgeous sequined sleeves by a couture designer, bought second-hand at upscale consignment.
Would you believe that I only paid $18.00 for this fabulous silk dress? I am not sure, but the salesperson at the secondhand store thought it may be Zimmermann from last year or the year before. All tags are removed, but it is silk and looks never worn. The sleeves are slit from above the elbow, making getting a taxi a glamorous shot!
Alas, that shot was spoiled by too many passersby , but on the street the statement sleeve maxi dress looks like this.
A Barbara Bui ring bag is 3 years old think. I love the silk lining and beautiful embellishment . It is an eBay purchase. My necklace is Oscar de la Renta purchased years ago at Loehmanns. Pink pumps finish this unabashedly feminine look, while a black belt adds a visual break from the all over floral print.
Truer, more saturated colors shows better sitting here, as the outdoor light was very strong that day.
High up, on the rooftop terrace I was careful not to dip my sleeves in my kale juice “cocktail” !
What a gorgeous sky that night !
I also wore this statement sleeve maxi to the beach last weekend. It is a perfect Hampton’s dress! Instead of the black belt, I went with a contrasting print at the waist in fabric. See the pink basket bag? I added that for a less formal look.
Swish go the sleeves in this statement sleeve maxi dress!
Oh, the wharf in Sag Harbor was magical that day!
Living in the moment is a motto that I try to stick too. It is not always easy. Sometimes I worry about the future and dwell on tragic things in the world. The loss of two great souls recently has truly saddened me.
Like you, I read about Kate Spade’s suicide and that of Anthony Bourdain. So talented, each of them, and so full of inspiring energy. You just don’t know a person unless you walk in their shoes. I sincerely hope that mental illness is brought out of the terrible dark stigma that it is now so stubbornly stuck in. This is such an urgent health crisis, as well as a crisis of conscience.
So that is today’s feature: living the best, maximal way possible. Being kind and alert to the sadness of others in your orbit. Dressing up to celebrate what is still beautiful in the world.
I will do a separate shopping post for this look soon. I do not want to end this particular post in a commercial way.
Happy new week, my dear readers!
Everyone should live their live to the max. But so many people can’t. Not because they don’t want to, but because they aren’t strong enough. Our queens sister ended her life too last week. Very sad week.
Oh Nancy I did not know that. That is tragic indeed. It is quite sad this new phenomenon. .. well not new but more prevalent. I hope people feel stronger and better in the future.
. ❤️ Elle
You look so very lovely in this. Like a princess. Cute bags!
May be a bohemian princess but not a regal one. Thank you just the same. I am enjoying both of these bags.
So lovely!! Silk dress for $18!! What a steal!!
Thanks so much Patti, I so appreciate that l
Yes, a streal and the proceeds went to charity!
Oh yes we can all rock a statement sleeve! This dress is gorgeous and looks wonderful on you. Love how you accessorized it too. Yes passers by can be tricky, had this problem on Friday when I was shooting another blogger. And I hear you about worrying about the future this seems to big among Gen xers and less so with boomers and millenials. But yes mental illness needs to be addressed. When the healthy, wealthy and successful take their own lives you know we have a problem.
Allie of ALLIENYC
I appreciate that you read the whole post. LOL. Statements sleeves do you look good on everyone. It is rather alarming, this trend in suicide rates. And I agree with your assessment. Given all that, I hope you are having a good week.
What a fantastic find! You look gorgeous.
Thank you so much Suzanne. I was really thrilled to find it!
This dress is amazing, and I can’t believe what an amazing deal you got on it!! There is no other way to make such a wonderful statement!!
I can hardly believe it myself! Have a great week friend .
What a lovely dress on you, Elle! You look just stunning in both iterations of it. I swoon over your attention to detail, always!
Thank you for mentioning these tragic suicides. I have found that over the past few years it has gotten easier to speak about my own mental health, not to feel like I am somehow “broken” inside and that no one would understand.
I am a little bit excessive. And I do focus on details. It works well with blogging, I suppose. It is important that we discuss issues such as mental illness as it is common and getting more pervasive. The suicide rate is alarming and the trend of it is so frightening.
You are not broken at all friend. Sometimes our wiring and circuitry is just a little bit off. Think of it as a slight malfunction, in an otherwise perfect and glorious system.
A very elegant look with this beautiful dress! Great pictures as well 😉
Thanks beautiful. I really do appreciate that compliment. I wanted to let you know I’ve been trying to post on your blog but I’m having a little bit of trouble. I will continue to work on it.
Hi Elle, any technical issue on my side on yours? Have a great and lovely day xx
Your dress is so beautiful. I love the statement sleeves and the ring bag you’ve got to go with it.
Thanks so much Radi!
This was so much fun to wear. Have a wonderful day.
You look gorgeous, Elle! Love this maxi dress and the statement sleeves are fabulous!
Thanks so much Julia, I really appreciate that lovely compliment. I hope you are quite well.
How fun are these sleeves?!
Le Stylo Rouge
This dress was so much fun to wear!
I love both incarnations of that fabulous maxi! Talk about statement sleeves! And how lovely and surprisingly tranquil does your roof garden look. You are so right though, it is about time that mental illness loses its stigma, and can be openly talked about without any fear of being judged upon. Thank you for talking about it in your post. xxx
Thank you and for your thoughtful reply. I am lucky to have this quiet spot on my roof and I am grateful for it. Yes I really think it is well overdue, the time is now to open up about mental illness as suicide is becoming so pervasive, it is frightening.
I absolutely love this post – you look gorgeous!!! Such a beautiful dress and loving the pattern!
Beautiful as always my friend! I love the idea of hailing a cab with those statement making sleeves! The pinks purples are so wonderful in this romantic dress, and the green really stands out as well. I love both ways you wore it. I would love to shop in NYC with you sometime, as you find treasures!
have a great week!
Yes shopping together would be so much fun. It was a shame the street was so crowded that day. Oh well, this is the city. I hope you’re feeling well.
Love the drama of this dress! Both bags are fabulous.
Thanks so much Kathrine,
I appreciate that !
Enjoy the rest of your week!
Wow that is a gorgeous dress and if it’s Zimmerman, then a fabulous deal indeed. I adore the sleeves – I’d totally wave my arms around all afternoon in that thing and get a good workout haha.
Yes I do feel like waving my arms all over the place! LOL. Much love.
That is a beautiful maxi dress! You know I love a good maxi, although I haven’t got any fun ones with statement sleeves like this. I like both ways you’ve worn it, but particularly with those pink heels!
It is so sad reading the news, so many high profile people gone too soon, but like you said I hope some positives can come from the horrible situations and people do realise that mental health is important.
Hope that you are having a lovely week so far 🙂
Away From The Blue Blog
Yes the recent news of the suicides is so tragic. Thank you for understanding. I am sure you will find a maxi dress with statements sleeves. You have a great collection of maxi dresses already.
Such a gorgeous dress! You look stunning in it
How sweet you are
Wow dear, you look amazing!
A big hello from Germany!
Thanks so much Liana,
Welcome to my blog and a big hello from New York City.
What a beautiful dress and the necklace that you got at Loehmanns is gorgeous. These style of dresses seem to comfy for summer. FASHION TALES
How elegant you look Beauty fab dress
Thanks lovely friend!
Lovely silk dress you have there dear. Looks so fab and luxurious!
Jessica | notjessfashion.com
Thanks Jessica, I am truly enjoying wearing this. Have a beautiful week.
Oh my gosh Elle, what a stunning dress. I love those sleeves and the bag is too cute! I am really swooning over this outfit. Love, Lieske
Thanks so much Lieske!
I was so thrilled to find it and it is so fun to wear.
Happy new week!
I really want to wear more maxi length dresses this summer!