I’m off work again today as I travel to my hometown to run the Illinois Half Marathon tomorrow. So this Friday you get another outfit that I wouldn’t necessarily wear to my office. However, it is an outfit that I wear on the weekends. In fact, I’ve worn this outfit to brunch and to a meeting where I helped a former colleague set up a Facebook page for her new business.
There are two things I really like about this outfit. One is that it’s perfect for days when it’s chilly in the morning but warms up in the afternoon. Why? Because underneath that sweatshirt is a full maxi dress!
Put your sweatshirt in your bag, keep the scarf, and ta da! You’re ready for warmer weather. The other thing I like about this outfit is the scarf. Why do I like this scarf so much? Because of its shape.
This isn’t folded in half. Nope. It’s actually a triangular scarf. It makes it super easy to wear without worrying about how to tie it or fold it or finagle it. My mother-in-law brought this back to me from Italy a few years ago and Linda, if you’re reading, a few more of these would be great!
Now, this isn’t to say I haven’t worn this dress to work before because I definitely have as you can see here. So, whether you need a casual or a dressier outfit, I’ve got you covered. In a maxi dress.
Dress – NY & Co (similar) | Belt – The Limited (same and 40% off plus free shipping for The Limited fans on Facebook) | Necklace – The Limited(same& also 40% off) | Sandals – Old Navy (similar) | Earrings – The Limited (similar)
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Although, to be honest, I don’t know how I feel about maxi skirts and dresses being as comfortable as yoga pants. Actually, with both I always have the underwear question (yes, I’m going there too). I feel like no matter what kind of underwear I put on you can see some kind of panty line. Maybe this means my maxi dresses and yoga pants are too clingy or they’re all being manufactured by the same company that made the see-through Lululemon pants. I don’t know. But I do know I always feel a bit self-conscious in both maxi dresses and yoga pants. Which is too bad because this particular maxi dress is great for when it’s hot outside. A little bit of a hi-lo cut, a crocheted back but enough coverage everywhere else to wear it to work.
Dress – Max Studio via Nordstrom Rack | Necklace – NY & Co | Cardigan – Van Husen Outlet | Sandals – The Limited
Another maxi dress? You bet! I made this one office appropriate by throwing a turquoise cardigan on over the top. Isn’t navy and turquoise a fun color combination?
I wanted something that could go from the office to an outdoor concert…which is where I’m headed tonight right after work! Instead of bringing a change of clothes I decided to go comfy but not too casual. That’s the joy of a dress, especially a maxi dress. They’re almost like a neutral palate that you can dress up or down depending on the occasion.
I was originally debating between these sandals or my brown strappy wedge sandals but when I stubbed my pinky toe early this morning and ended up limping I decided shoes that didn’t put any pressure on it would be the better way to go. Ahh, fashion choices determined by injuries. So chic.
Blouse – Express | Dress – New York & Co | Necklace – The Limited | Earrings – Holly Yashi | Sandals – The Limited
It’s another day of 100 degree temperatures. So why in the world am I wearing a long black dress and a long-sleeved shirt?
Something about a long dress like this is actually quite cool. It’s actually perfect for a hot day when you’ll be spending a lot of it inside in the air conditioning. However, it does have an open-weave on the shoulder and upper back similar to this.
Which means in order to make it office appropriate I felt the need to wear something over it. I could have gone the cardigan route, but this shirt is sheer and lightweight which means it doesn’t trap heat like a cardigan would. Plus, the pattern and the knot tied at the front give it some visual interest.
Actually, if you really like my shirt, I currently have it listed on Poshmark for $15. Grab it up now before I change my mind and decide to keep it just to wear with this dress!
For my first interpretation I went with the maxi skirt, printed shirt, wedge sandals and denim topper idea.
Before I started this blog and before I started following other fashion blogs I never would have thought to wear a dress as a skirt. But that’s what I did here and it was a lot of fun! Sadly, it’s a little too casual for what I had going on at work on Wednesday.
Hence, the other interpretation!
How in the world is this outfit related to the inspiration photo?
Light colored bottoms, pastel family top, neutral shoes and the same denim topper. See? Being inspired by an outfit doesn’t mean you have to recreate it exactly. Look at all the aspects of the items and see what you have that is similar in one way. Maybe the color, maybe the cut, solid versus patterned. All are ideas you can use as a starting point.
How would you interpret any of these outfits with items in your own closet?
Friday I spent most of my lunch break and some time after work hunting for the perfect maxi dress for a party on Saturday. I ended up bringing home several options so I could try them all on back to back. I ended up with one similar to the dress on the top left.
Who knew finding a maxi dress was going to be so difficult?