Casual maxi dresses are a Spring and Summer staple, but we love how Gwen Stefani dressed up her black-and-white maxi while heading to a birthday party in LA over the weekend. How did she do so? The style chameleon accessorized her two-tone look with a standout stud collar necklace, chunky ankle-strap sandals, badass Karen Walker shades, and a vibrant red-orange nail polish for a pop of color. Take a cue from Gwen by pairing your casual striped maxis with high-heeled sandals and a knockout necklace, then toss on a leather jacket or structured blazer for even more sharpness.
While having lunch in West Hollywood, Rachel Zoe was spotted sporting a black-and-white striped maxi dress, which she paired with a black beanie, platform sandals, aviator shades, and tons of gold jewels. At a glance Rachel's dress looks like any other striped maxi, but upon closer inspection, you'll notice that it has varying stripes, meaning not all the stripes are of the same width. Some are thick, and some are super thin, making this a much more flattering print to rock all Spring and Summer. You can wear it like Rachel did, or you can trade the beanie for a '70s-glam floppy hat. For a pop of color, cinch the maxi with a neon belt or throw on a pair of colorful sandals. Love the look of varying stripes? Shop a few similar maxis below.