Summer Dress Blues

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

For my most recent Le Tote order I swapped out a few items for some casual dresses. I chose this blue and white one because it reminded me of a polka dot blue and white dress I used to have and consigned because it got too tight on my hips (and now I’m sad I got rid of it because I bet it would fit again).

IMG_2125Dress – Le Tote (same) | Cardigan – The Limited (same) | Sandals – TJ Maxx (similar

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Unfortunately, while this dress showed off my shoulders (and, unfortunately, I forgot to get a picture without the cardigan), it billowed out strangely in the waist making me look, well, pregnant. Even Jason mentioned that it needed a belt or something. I tried to compensate by wearing the cardigan completely buttoned up but, in the end, it just wasn’t working for me.



I thought about putting this outfit together and posting it as my “Fourth of July” outfit but, as I mentioned yesterday, I didn’t actually wear anything other than workout capris all weekend. But I did wear this outfit to work on Monday.

And, I do have an interesting story to share about the year I wore the blue and white polka dot dress for Fourth of July. It was our first or second summer in Chicago and I’d convinced Jason to donate enough money to the local public radio station to get us tickets to watch the fireworks from their terrace on Navy Pier. That was when I learned you DO NOT go to Navy Pier to watch the fireworks. After walking miles in heels and getting there late and being underwhelmed, we almost got run over by fighting teenagers in one of the public transit tunnels on our way home. Let’s just say that ever since then I’ve been perfectly happy to stay home on the Fourth. At least now we can see fireworks from our balcony!


4 replies on “Summer Dress Blues

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      It had a lining that would have also needed to be altered so it might have gotten a bit pricey. I also haven’t found a tailor I really trust. So, at this point, it’s going back to Le Tote. But, that’s the nice thing about Le Tote: if I want to try again, I can always request it again!

  1. Bethany @ Accidental Intentions

    Oh man, I made the mistake of going to Navy Pier on the Fourth of July my first year here — NEVER AGAIN. Especially considering you can see the fireworks from anywhere else along the lakefront, generally with less suburbanites/people in general!

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      Watching fireworks shows from our rooftop is great because we can see everything south and west of us (including Pilsen which is typically a pretty awesome show). Same from our balcony. So, yeah, why would I go sit with hoards of people? 🙂

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