Weekday to Weekend: Black Maxi Dress


I haven’t done a ‘weekday to weekend’ post in a while and I thought what’s better to do that with than a maxi dress? A summer staple for me as it’s one of the easiest pieces I have in my closet because of it’s double-duty styling. It can easily go from weekday to weekend night, in this post’s case. I know typically I go casual for weekends but I thought it might be fun to do a date night inspired look instead. Plus it gave me an excuse to force my husband on a date. Win-win situation here.


Since it’s not sweltering here just yet I like to have some sort of jacket for during the day, even in the summer and especially if I’m working in the office or at a coffee shop. We like to run our A/C high here in Texas and plus I love a good denim jacket + maxi dress combo. It’s a new classic in my books.

Get the Weekday look: 



Just as a side note: the dress combined with ‘ I need photos for a date night’ totally worked. B took me on a date right after. There is magic in a black maxi dress, I’m telling you.

Get the Weekend look:

Trouve Heels
Sarah Briggs Cuff (c/o)

This post was sponsored by Old Navy. Check out Old Navy’s latest fashion lineup in store or online at oldnavy.com.

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  1. Love both ways you styled this!

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  2. I love this post idea, more please which will mean more dates with your husband. I adore your date night time look, I would totally rock it the way you did. You just inspired me on an outfit post.


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  3. The first outfit is especially nice! Clean and simple but striking.

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  4. carrie says:

    Love this outfit. I like the nude shoes especially.

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  5. Rachel Emma says:

    Did you dye your hair? It looks great! πŸ™‚


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  6. Oh you are getting super fancy, Kendi! Also, love the cognac + black combination so much! x

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  7. SO sweet! Maxis are so comfy in the summer time. And you're rockin' some awesome heels in both looks! Love it!

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  8. Kelsey Wilburn says:

    kendi i adore that first look! you look so great!

    ladies in navy

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  9. Grace Dalton says:

    I love black maxi dresses and the way you switched yours from weekend to date night was great. Perfect heels for both. Also…your hair!! It's black! Love it – I dyed mine black during spring + didn't regret it at all. πŸ™‚

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  10. Sasa Zoe says:

    Love the maxi babe:)


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  11. Aw, you look beautiful!! Plus, this is such a great weekday to weekend look… I'll for sure be nabbing inspiration. I wear my black maxi dress non-stop in the warmer months!! <3

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  12. Agi says:

    Love it belted and with those shoes. Gorgeous!!!!!



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  13. Karen says:

    I love this look Kendi! I do something similar myself. A question about the feed though, did something change? I read your blog through feedly and suddenly the posts are truncated. πŸ™

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  14. Holly + Casey says:

    A black maxi dress is one of the most versatile items in my closet. Loving both looks

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  15. Kendi Lea says:

    Sometimes I truncate the really long posts, like this one or my travel ones because of all the photos and then I'll truncate archive posts. But I haven't thought about it through Feedly, I'll take a look! Thanks for letting me know πŸ™‚

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  16. Loving both of these looks! The first one is my favorite, the tan accents are so pretty!

    Kay // http://www.fashionablykay.com

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  17. Tara CW44 says:

    I just bought a black maxi (on sale for $7!). They're so great. I love how your styled yours!


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  18. Kendi Lea says:

    I did! I wanted to go back to my natural color but it ended up a bit darker πŸ™‚

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  19. Joules says:

    That dress looks super comfy. Love it with the leopard clutch!

    Style by Joules

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  20. How gorgeous do you look in the date-night attire?!!! Great! I love the way you styled the dress for both occasions πŸ™‚

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  21. Chelsea says:

    Oh love it, Kendi! How on earth do you get your hair in a bun? My hair is about the same length as yours and you officially have me mystified haha!

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  22. Natali says:

    Perfect black maxi!! You look gorgeous with your hair up!


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  23. nikki says:

    i love that dress! and the first look is so cute!



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  24. Paige Cassandra Flamm says:

    I'm loving the black paired with the denim!



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  25. Monic says:

    I love this outfit paired with the great heals !

    Simply Sutter

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  26. WOW so chic!! Completely different looks and both so pretty! Love your shoes in both.


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  27. Love how easy this dress can work from day to night! Yay for date night!
    xo Adri

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  28. Melissa S. says:

    I was just about to ask! No one else was commenting about it so I thought I was crazy, but it looks really good!

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  29. carol says:

    Hi kendi! Stunning look! How is bloom doing? Are you and hubby working other jobs since bloom left or both unemployed. Just curious.

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  30. Both of them are so good! you'll look stunning!

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  31. Rebecca says:

    Did you darken your hair? It looks stunning on you.

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  32. I love the daytime look, so cute!! I should try your plan of dressing for date night, sneaky πŸ˜‰

    Kristina does the Internets

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  33. footnotes and finds says:

    i love how you did that with the black maxi! great ideas!


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  34. Great looks! Love that bracelet cuff πŸ™‚


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  35. Autumn says:

    you look great as ALWAYS~

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  36. Elizabeth Hawn says:
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  37. Jennifer says:

    You are killing it, Kendi!

    xo Jennifer


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  38. Miss J. says:

    So versatile!




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  39. Lauren Arriola says:

    I love strappy sandals! Remind me so much of my Chinese laundry CL collection, treasure chest shoes!

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  40. Athena says:

    Love how you styled the dresses to make it both casual and dressy!


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  41. Kendi Lea says:

    I did! I was tired of the ombre, so we went dark again πŸ™‚ Thank you!

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  42. Kendi Lea says:

    Thank you, dear! It's pretty dark right now, but it will lighten up to my natural color soon πŸ™‚

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  43. Beth says:

    Love these looks. Can you share where the belt is from in the weekday look? Always looking for a good belt- and that looks great!

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  44. Kendi Lea says:

    Ha! Wellllll… the trick is to not look at the back of my head because it's bobby pinned to the max. I basically pull it up in a high pony tail (as if my hair were long, sigh) tease, and coil it around and pin. I let what doesn't reach the bun fall out (mullet hairs) and then I try to discreetly pin them up as much as possible. I'm sure it looks like crap in the back but from the front it looks like a real bun πŸ™‚

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  45. Kendi Lea says:

    This one is from bloom (my old shop) but the brand is Blakely, if that helps your search! I linked a similar one above from Asos, as well.

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  46. Dana Mannarino says:

    Absolutely stunning! Love a good black maxi — and denim jacket? Perfect. Those DV shoes are soooo beautiful too!

    Pink Champagne Problems

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  47. I love this idea of showing the same item for different occasions:)



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  48. i love how easily you dressed up an old navy maxi dress! looks great!



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  49. Chelsea says:

    Thanks! Maybe we should start a trend of a bun with the mini mullet hair just hanging in the back. Or maybe not ha. A girl with mini mullet hair can dream

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  50. Ceilidh says:

    I just ordered that dress because you convinced me how versatile it is, plus you look so cute in it! Thanks πŸ™‚

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  51. Connie says:

    Love the black maxi dress! I will have to add that to my closet now.
    xo, Connie

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  52. iheartb says:

    Love that you partner with/wear such affordable brands. I just can't see another $200+ maxi dress! Thanks for keeping things normal, Kendi!

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  53. Beth says:

    Thank you, Kendi!!!!

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  54. Beth says:

    And how about the belt in the Weekday look?

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  55. Alex Nguyen says:

    You look great! I really like how you styled it! Super creative and that dress is so versatile!

    -Alex of http://snippetswithalex.com

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  56. Chantele says:

    Love this dress, its a very chic maxi!

    Two Hearts One Roof

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