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Monday Maxi

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall · Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

Last week we had that kind of weather where you can wear anything you want. Dress? Sure. Skirt? You bet. Shorts? Of course. Jeans? Not a problem. So what did I decide to do? Break out another maxi dress. One I don’t think I’ve ever worn on the blog before.

Purple maxi dress with navy cardigan

Cardigan – The Limited (similar) | Dress – Old Navy (similar) | Camisole – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Sole Society (similar) | Necklace – gift (similar)

This is my comfiest maxi dress because it’s super forgiving. The only downside is that it’s REALLY low cut. Right now I wear a camisole underneath it but only because I haven’t found the perfect sports bra to implement Jen’s sports bra trick.

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I wore this to work last Friday (and, yes, rode a Divvy bike home in it) and it was the perfect outfit to end the week. I felt classy but still comfortable. Because we all know that wearing a jersey maxi dress to work is like wearing pajamas. Right?


Tomorrow I’ll have a fun post about my trip to Arlington Race Track courtesy of America’s Best Racing! Spoiler: we had a blast!

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SIA: Scarves and Dresses

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

First, before you keep reading, don’t forget to A. vote for your favorite outfit from August and B. enter my giveaway to win my watch’s twin,

When Jen picked this painting for this week’s Style Imitating Art challenge I admit I was stumped. I had no idea what I could wear that came even close to anything this lovely ladies are wearing. Especially since I knew that Jen would nail it and get all the little details just right. She’s good at that!

“The Serenade” – 1910 – Eugene de Blaas

“The Serenade” – 1910 – Eugene de Blaas

But then I remembered that it’s not about how I interpret it as a competition with the other ladies who participate. Nope, it’s all about what makes me feel good. And what made me feel good last week was a maxi dress with a cardigan and a scarf.

Navy maxi dress for fall with cardigan and scarf

Scarf – JF&A Show (similar) | Cardigan – Nordstrom Rack (similar) | Maxi Dress – Nordstrom Rack (similar) | Shoes – TJ Maxx (similar)

It was almost 90 degrees with humidity the day I wore this outfit but my office is freezing so the scarf and the cardigan were necessary. However, it also transitioned perfectly to riding a Divvy bike home from work once removing the cardigan and scarf. And thanks to Maggie’s suggestion I was able to use a hair tie to “knot” my dress at my knees and bike with only minimal flashing of other people.

Maxi dress for fall

In the end I thought this outfit was a nice modern homage to the 114 year old painting. A long dress, a scarf, and layers.

In other news, we took Chewie to doggie daycare for the first time last week and they said he did great! He was pretty sleepy for the rest of the evening, too. We’re taking him again tomorrow so fingers crossed it goes well again.

Also in Chewie-related news, he seems to have developed a weird bump next to his left eye.


He’s still super handsome but I think it’s beginning to mar his good looks! Unfortunately, the vet told us they’d have to sedate him to biopsy it and figure out what it is. We’ll probably be doing that before the end of the month. Ah, puppies. It’s never end with them, isn’t it?


Casual Layered Maxi Dress

Casual Clothes · Casual Friday

Chicago style blogger, maxi dress


Maxi dress – New York & Co (similar) | Sweatshirt – Old Navy (similar) | Scarf – gift (similar) | Sandals – Old Navy (similar)

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.


Crotchless Yoga Pants

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer


Black maxi dress with black obi belt, sandals, and gold jewelry

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Black maxi dress with black obi belt, sandals, and gold jewelry

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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Yes, I did just go there with the title of this post. Actually, I got it from Whitney at Along the Lines of Style who posted the following image on her blog this week:


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.

And, yes, I’ve worn it to work before.


Outfit 1 | Outfit 2

Anyway, what are your thoughts on maxi dresses or skirts? What about yoga pants?

Linking up with AJ Wears Clothes and her Friday Favorites Remix.


Friday Formal

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall


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Blazer – The Limited | Dress – NY & Co | Necklace – JC Penney | Shoes – Nine West

Inspired by Laura and the fact that I will be attending a strategic plan launch event this Friday afternoon, I went dressy casual with a maxi dress and a blazer.

I couldn’t get a good picture this morning, though.  This is what happens when you try to squeeze in pictures before work and your tripod is a highboy patio table.

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Oh, and the sun’s in your eyes.

Regardless, I think this is a fun way to dress up a maxi dress for work.  Don’t have a maxi dress?  What about a long skirt with a top and a blazer?   Don’t forget the statement necklace!


CopyCat Friday–To the Max

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

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Blouse – Macy’s | Dress (as a skirt) – Max Studio via Nordstrom Rack | Belt – Target | Necklace – The Limited | Shoes – SE Boutique via DSW

Today is CopyCat Friday!

FrillsforThrills CopyCats

I was torn as to what to wear so I turned to Facebook for help deciding.  Thanks to those of you who weighed in!  The consensus was that I should go for a maxi skirt look.

This outfit from Lilly’s Style turned out to be perfect.  One of the reasons was that her skirt?  Exact same style and brand as my dress!  Now that’s a copy cat idea if I ever saw one.

I believe this is my first attempt at actually wearing a dress as a skirt.  How do you think it turned out?

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And don’t forget about the jewelry giveaway!  You still have some great chances to win!


Day to Night Music

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

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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.

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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.


Maxi Heat, Maxi Dress

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

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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!

P.S.  I also have an adorable pair of gingham shorts for sale.  Did you see You Pick Wednesday on the best ways to wear shorts?  Check it out!


OTI: One Look, Two Ways

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

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Top – Express | Dress as a Skirt – Max Studio via Nordstrom Rack | Shoes – SE Boutique via DSW | Jacket – Gap | Necklace – The Limited

Jacket – Gap | Blouse – The Limited | Pants – The Limited | Necklace – Overstock.com | Shoes – Unisa via 6pm.com

Today I have two different interpretations for you!

Here’s the look we started with:



For my first interpretation I went with the maxi skirt, printed shirt, wedge sandals and denim topper  idea.

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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!

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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?


The Great Maxi Dress Hunt

The Great Maxi Dress Hunt

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?