One-Piece Wonders: The Maxi Dress, Sundress, and Romper

It’s almost seven months into the year and not only have we shed all symptoms of seasonal affective disorder—these days, the only blues we’re experiencing are those of Etta James and refreshing dips in the ocean—but we’ve also shed our heavy, finicky layers.

Most days are sunny with a high of 75 and wearing just one fundamental piece of clothing is enough to feel comfortable and chic. Today, we’ll wear an elegant maxi dress; tomorrow, the classic sundress; and the day after? A fashionable romper. 

We’re taking notes on how the lovely Tania of Fresh Fizzle styles these go-to summer items and how she prevents each piece from looking too bare. Welcome to the West Coast beach city of Malibu, and read on to find out how you too can rock the one-piece! 

The Maxi Dress

At 5-foot-3, Tania usually makes a beeline to the petite section—a necessary move when shopping for a long, maxi dress that hits at the ankle. But when this relaxed maxi dress from Old Navy’s main line caught her eye, she recalled a wise man by the name of Tim Gunn and his spot-on advice: “Make it work!”

Why it’s a one-piece wonder: “This white maxi dress would be the perfect thing to wear on an exotic vacation. One-pieces are so ideal for traveling since they take most of the guesswork out of dressing,” said Tania.

How to style it: We agree with Tania’s lead! If the hem of your dress is in danger of sweeping the floor, pare down its length with your tallest pair of chunky heeled sandals. Then, top off the outfit with a floppy straw hat for an “old Hollywood glam” meets “boho beach babe” look. 

Get the look: Old Navy maxi dress, ASOS wooden platform sandals (similar), Urban Outfitters floppy hat (similar), Nastygal necklace (similar), Old Navy bracelets and rings

The Sundress

What’s more quintessential summer than a sundress? Throw on one with a floral print, and you have yourself a foolproof routine ensemble.

Why it’s a one-piece wonder: “This sundress could easily be dressed up for nice events, such as a lunch date or bridal shower, but could also be an everyday outfit when paired with casual shoes,” said Tania.

How to style it: Opting for sneakers to wear with her sundress, Tania felt ready to take on any adventure summer might bring. Of course, adventure often requires supplies, so a tasseled bucket bag—in addition to being very on-trend this season—was spacious enough to carry all of the things she could possibly need. And if your sundress is on the looser side, cinch the flowing material at your waist with a skinny elastic belt. 

Get the look: Ruche sundress, Old Navy belt, Old Navy chambray sneakers, Old Navy bucket bag

The Romper

Though Tania loves her dresses—as evidenced by two out of the three items she chose today—she also enjoys switching things up with a different kind of chic, effortless fashion piece: the romper.

Why it’s a one-piece wonder: “Rompers are currently more in vogue than dresses, so you can look very put together with minimal effort,” said Tania. And we’re all about simplicity when the weekend calls for lazy mornings (unless a sunkissed brunch counts as a strenuous activity).

How to style it: Because Tania’s romper has a 1920s bathing suit vibe, it seemed fitting for a day by the ocean, whether spent on the pier, boardwalk, or beach. Emphasize the playful silhouette with flat sandals, or even go barefoot if you prefer the feeling of sand between your toes. (She did both!) Tania also earned her vintage-looking stripes by adding a jaunty, boyish fedora that’s not only stylish, but helped divert the sun’s harmful rays.

Get the look: Ruche romper, Forever 21 fedora, Rebecca Minkoff Craig camera bag, BC Footwear sandals, CRAP sunglasses

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Which one-piece ensemble do you wear most in the summer: the maxi dress, the romper, or the sundress? How do you style it?


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