5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Dresses

Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Navy J. Crew Schoolboy Blazer with Stitch Fix Polka Dot Dress, Chicago Style Blogger, what to wear to work


Blazer – J. Crew (same) | Dress – Stitch Fix (similar) | Camisole – The Limited| Necklace – The Limited (same) | Boots – Bandolino via 6pm.com (similar)

For those of you who thought I purchased new legs when I did my January Shopping Summary you’ll be pleased to know I’m wearing them in this outfit. Well, I’m wearing the nude fishnet tights from Express, anyway.

I’m also wearing this dress that hasn’t gotten much love recently. My husband actually asked me, “Hey, what happened to that long-sleeved polka dot dress? You haven’t worn it in awhile.” I guess this dress made an impression on him!

He’s right, though. I hadn’t worn it in awhile. Dresses can sometimes be difficult to wear more than one way. Although, there are some ways you can keep them from feeling stale. In fact, here are five ideas for making the most of the dresses in your closet.

5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Dresses

As you can see, for this outfit I went with option 5 and layered my navy J. Crew blazer over the dress. I like the air of professionalism it gives to this particular dress. Not all the options above will work for every dress so be sure to pay attention to whether or not the dress has sleeves, the dress’s neckline, the length, and how it fits overall. All of that plays a role when choosing how to make the most of your dresses!

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13 replies on “5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Dresses

  1. Violet

    Great ideas – it’s nice to see how you pulled the outfits together. I never would’ve thought about putting a skirt over a dress and I like it!

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      I just LOVED how these pictures turned out. Jason did play a bit with the white balance after the fact but this picture is such a testament to having a DSLR with a good lens. There was almost no light outside so we used the light from the roof lobby area to reflect off the snow!

  2. Jess Ballinger

    I like that you rolled the sleeves on the blazer in the bottom left outfit- it’s the kind of touch that pulls it together.

  3. Carrie

    Great tips! I have some dresses that I enjoy wearing but I’m getting tired of wearing them the same way. I will definitely try out these ideas … 🙂

  4. Katie of alaskan weredork

    These pictures! Oh wow, they’re stunning! I’m really impressed with the light, its so soft and pretty. I love seeing the city lights in the background. Give your hubby a big thumbs up, he’s getting good! (its nice to have someone to take the pictures, I’ve been trying to teach Ev how to work the camera just because it’s not as much fun in the super cold lugging the tripod around.). Anyways, love these! Those nude fishnets are lovely as well, they look invisable! Are they pretty comfortable?

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      This is one of my favorite pictures he’s ever taken. I just love it. He did adjust the white balance in software but otherwise it needed nothing else.

      The fishnets were comfy! And they actually kept me pretty warm.

  5. Versatile Style by Tracey

    I do all of these except wear a skirt over a dress… Dresses really are quite versatile. I can see that polk a dot one with Cognac boots and jacket as well. So many colors to pull out of it for sweaters or jackets…

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