How to Style Maxi Dresses for Fall & The Origins of Bitchy Resting Face

How to Style Maxi Dresses for Fall

Since I’ve decided to stay a bit longer in New England, I’ve also realized I don’t have enough fall clothing to wear.  Because I reside in Florida most of the year I’ve got plenty of stuff to wear when it’s warm out, but not enough for cooler temps.  Of course that’s a great excuse to do more shopping!

But, then I realized I’ve got some perfectly nice 1970s vintage maxi dresses that I could style for fall.

Maxi dresses are often thought of as summer wear, so comfy when it’s hot and often made in lightweight flowy or gauzy fabrics.  But for a maxi to transition well into fall (and even winter)  fabric type, weight and colors should be considered. It’s probably best to pack away those pastel print chiffon ones.

Some ways to “winterize” maxi dresses-layer with cardigan sweaters, dusters, jackets or kimonos. Wear boots instead of sandals and, of course,  add scarves.

For the following outfits I chose three jersey knit 1970s maxi dresses. I felt the weight of these fabrics and the darker prints would work nicely for fall.

1970s black and blue floral maxi dress

I put a 90s black burnout velvet blouse over this black and blue floral maxi shirt dress, cinched it with a black leather and suede belt and added a vintage brooch.

90s black burnout velvet blouse


Blue velvet boots

This was also the perfect opportunity to wear my  blue velvet ankle boots that I purchased the end of winter last year. so never got a chance to wear much . I had been wanting a pair ever since I saw the fabulous pair the super stylish Suzanne Carillo was wearing in one of her blog  posts.

70s floral jersey maxi dress with long cardigan sweater

Up next, another shirtwaist style maxi dress in a bold floral print in great colors for fall. Topped with a long black knit cardigan and cinched at the waist with a black and metallic gold braid belt. Accessorized with goldtone metal and black stone vintage brooch and vintage deco link chain bracelet.

Black suede ankle boots and 60s vintage carpet bag purse complete this cooler weather look.

60s tapestry bag

I found the 60s purse at a thrift store recently and decided there was no way I was going to pass it up. I love these tapestry type purses and this one was in mint condition. The name stamped inside is Spilene. You can find other examples online and they are extremely reasonably priced for such nice quality bags, usually priced under $50. Just search vintage carpet bag, or vintage tapestry bag and you’re sure to find some beauties!

1970s maxi dress worn with velvet jacket

For this outfit I wore a sleeveless empire waist border print maxi dress. Like the dress above  the warm colors in the print mixed with black are what make it work for fall.  I threw a teal velvet fitted jacket over it, added a floral silk scarf (both thrifted) and black suede ankle boots for a boho inspired look.

Notice my totally unintended expressions in the last two outfit photos? I think it’s what is now referred to as “resting bitch face” or “bitchy resting face.”  It’s  when your failure to smile conveys disdain, boredom, detachment and/or annoyance. I call this my “surely your joking” look. Or in this case it’s my “I feel really uncomfortable in front of a camera” look.

Apparently the RBF or BRF is a now a syndrome.  And celebrities are getting the blame for it. So many have been caught on camera with the expression that they are now being mimicked by young girls everywhere in order to look cool.  In an article from Psychology Today, the author states

“It normalizes being irritated and high maintenance, suggesting this is how the trendy and glamorous among us behave.”

This totally cracked me up. Why? Because anyone who owns a cat knows they’re the real culprits.

As you can see from their mug shots,  these are two of the worst offenders.   Not only  do they look irritated and high maintenance,  I’m positive they’ve convinced themselves they’re trendy and glamorous as well.

As a matter of fact, I’ll bet if they do a study to see how many of these celebrities own cats, they’ll find out it was fussy felines who started the RBF trend!

Elvis and Priscilla want to know,
What’s so wrong with looking irritated, high maintenance and detached?

1970s boho maxi dress with velvet jacket

Anyway, one of these days I’ll hopefully master this selfie photography thing so I don’t look like I’m mimicking my cats!

Do you wear maxi dresses all year round? Did you ever get caught on camera with BRF? Do tell!

Till next time….


This weeks linkups

Jess/Elegantly Dressed and Stylish for Turning Heads Tuesday
Cherie/Style Nudge for Shoe and Tell
Patti/Not Dead Yet Style for Visible Monday
Catherine/Not Dressed as a Lamb for #SaturdayShareLinkup

By | 2017-10-05T12:44:42-04:00 September 19th, 2017|Fashion|12 Comments

About the Author:

Hi, I'm Theresa, owner and chief classy dame at the Blue Velvet Vintage online boutique. Lover of mid century fashion and home decor, classic films, Old Hollywood, pretty dresses, red lipstick, swing dancing and retro culture in general. Between my ecommere site and vintage style blog my mission is to revive the eras of classy dressing and inspire women to add more glamour to their lives! So don't be shy! I love to hear from others who share my appreciation of the styles of the past.


  1. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell September 20, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    Thanks Mauricia!

  2. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell September 20, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    Thanks, Jess! I’ve been looking for brocade, tapestry or embroidered booties too. There are so many cool ones out there now. But, yes, a lot of them have higher heels.

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    jess jannenga September 20, 2017 at 11:02 am

    First, Theresa, I haven’t mastered the selfie face yet .. hehe. love the velvet belted, so smart! the blue floral dress is perfect transitional piece and wow, those booties are fabulous! i would like a pair of brocade booties if i can find a pair without such a high heel. Your printed scarf looks so stylish on you!
    Thanks for linking!
    jess xx

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    Mauricia September 20, 2017 at 10:19 am

    I love the outfits for fall! Such an inspiration! Love the cats too, love the look!

  5. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell September 19, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    I’m honored, since you are my styling idol! You may be seeing dress number 2 being listed soon. I do love the third outfit. Wore it out this past Sunday night to a Jazz Supper Club. Got many compliments. I’ve been trying to mix more prints together.

    I have such trouble with photographs. When I try smiling it always makes me think it looks fake. And when I don’t smile, well RBF! As my dance instructor used to say “practice makes better.” So I’ll keep working on it!

  6. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell September 19, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    Hey Yvonne. Thank you so much. And thanks for stopping by to comment.


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    Suzanne September 19, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    Oooh! I LOVE this post!

    I adore how you’ve layered up your vintage maxi dresses. FAB-U-LOUS!!!

    Can I just say when you get tired of dress #2 or #3 I’ll gladly take them off your hands? ; P

    Look #3 is my favourite. I’m pinning that one right away! So luxurious and eclectic and I noticed the boots right away! Ha ha! Thanks for the shout-out ; )

    I actually think you have a great RBF.

    I’ve started to try and change up things by smiling in my photos and even laughing sometimes. Zoe gets quite a kick out of it.

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    FunkyForty September 19, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    Loving your different looks – they are all too cute and have seriously made me smile – hehe!!!

    xxx Yvonne

  9. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell September 19, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    So you are only too aware of those disdainful looks. But we love them anyway! Thanks for the compliment and for stopping by to comment. Appreciate it.


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    Kathrine Eldridge September 19, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    The title of this post made me laugh! Of course the cats have this face. I have two myself. Love how you styled these dresses. That first look is my fave!

  11. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell September 19, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    Oh yes, Patti. I’m sure you’ve witnessed it. Is that where you got your “haughty” look from in your post? I love this tapestry bag. I feel I need more of them 🙂


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    Patti September 19, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    You are so right about the cats having mastered/invented the RBF! I’ve got one looking at me now. Love how you’ve winterized your maxi dresses, and the vintage tapestry bag is awesome. Thanks for linking up, xo


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