Many of you already read my athleisure post, where I hiked Devil’s Bridge to test how functional athleisure wear is. Spoiler alert: it’s quite comfortable and I survived the hike. So here I am again, bringing you more stories – and fashion – from my adventures in Arizona. This time, I opted for a less comfortable ensemble and wore a mini maxi dress from Material Girl.
What’s a mini maxi dress? Glad you asked. This dress incorporates the best of both worlds. It’s a mini dress, which is perfect for a night out but also has side panels that give it the illusion of a maxi dress. As a result, you can wear it at more formal events, such as a summer wedding or a birthday dinner. Furthermore, I adore the dramatic flair the side panels add to the outfit. There are also sheer cutouts on each side. Similar to my Puma bodysuit, this assisted a lot with cross ventilation in the middle of the desert.
The pictures below were taken at Horseshoe Bend, which is located in Page, AZ. The Colorado river runs around a massive stone formation in the shape of a horseshoe, hence giving it the name Horseshoe Bend. To get here, one needs to park in the main parking lot and hike 3/4th of a mile. Now, the hike is mostly uphill and has no shade so as always, I recommend drinking tons of water and applying sunscreen beforehand!
Let me tell you, it wasn’t easy hiking uphill in this dress, but the views and resulting pictures are totally worth it. The multicolored panels matched the hints of blue and green in the river. To add to that, every time I lifted those sheer pieces of fabric, I felt like a butterfly flapping its wings! Unfortunately, I had to wear my Nike sneakers with this dress. My commitment to this blog is serious, but not serious enough to hike in heels :-). If I didn’t have to face an uphill battle (literally), I would have styled it with simple heels. The dress speaks volumes by itself and doesn’t require much embellishment.
Mini Maxi Dress – $60 from Material Girl