I wore this dress to my running club’s holiday party. It only gets worn about once a year (typically at the holidays or in Vegas) but isn’t that the point of a sparkly dress? It’s not every day wear but it sure is fun.
Unfortunately, the other thing that seems to happen once a year is that aforementioned stomach flu. Jason had it last month and now I seem to have caught it. On one hand, I’m on vacation so it’s not like I have a lot of responsibilities. On the other hand, I’m on vacation and somehow I have to get home. Fingers crossed I get better before I have to get on a plane!
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.
Happy Monday! I hope you had an enjoyable weekend. Mine was full of running (2nd place in my age group in a 5K!), napping, and working on a project for my graduate class I’m taking for fun at work. I’m slowly learning how to use our DSLR which is both fun and frustrating.
Today, though, I’m going into the office for a bit and then driving to my hometown and graduate school alma mater to present at an Archives Administration class and then have dinner and spend the night at my parents’ house. Nothing like a little bit of home cooking to start the week, right?
So, since I’ll be in the car for almost three hours I wanted to wear something comfortable that wouldn’t wrinkle and would also look put together when I stand in front of a class of grad students. I hope this fits the bill and doesn’t look too much like an old lady wearing a velour track suit.
Actually, if it looks like a velour track suit, don’t tell me, okay? Or maybe tell me. I can take it. I think.
Or maybe I should have worn this cardigan or these pants one of these ways.
For anyone who thinks you shouldn’t wear sequins to work let me just tell you: When my boss walked into the office this morning and saw me wearing this she stopped in tracks and exclaimed, “CUTE shirt! Really cute! I love it! It looks amazing with the blue pants.”
Other interesting things that happened to me already today?
1. I had very first full-body mole and skin check appointment this morning. As he used the extra-long q-tip to check my scalp for moles and such all I could think was, “My hair! I haven’t taken my pictures yet today!” As if the dry air, my winter hat, and the commute hadn’t already caused it to go super flat.
2. I realized that I own black tights and black dress socks but no black knee-highs. Thank goodness there is a Walgreens on every corner (only slightly exaggerating there) so I could dash in and get some.
3. In the interest of full disclosure, this outfit is a recreation of this one that I pinned. But it follows all my rules for wearing sequins to the office and I haven’t worn this combination yet. And since sequins totally remind me of the holidays, it works perfectly for today’s Trend Spin Link Up of Holiday Inspired outfits.
It’s the holiday season which for many people, me included, means it’s time for all things sparkly! But, I actually love sequins all year round and I don’t think they should be relegated to just those evening and weekend holiday parties. And after wearing my sequin skirt to work yesterday and getting so many compliments that I lost count (including from the baristas at Starbucks and the security staff of my building) I think everyone should try to wear something sequined to work and get their own compliments!
There are some rules to wearing sequins to the office appropriately. Fail to follow these and you’ll look like you belong in Las Vegas and not leading a meeting.
The Four Simple Rules for Wearing Sequins to the Office
1. Stay away from black sequins
Go with silver, blush, light gold or, if it’s Christmastime, red. Black is for night clubs, not offices.
2. Wear your sequins with tailored pieces
Notice I pair mine with plain blazers, pencil skirts, turtlenecks and cardigans along with simple shoes.
3. Keep the accessories minimal
Sequins don’t need a lot of accessorizing. They’re pretty awesome all on their own.
4. Nothing too tight, short or low-cut
Save those sequin mini skirts and skin-tight shirts for Vegas, please.
Need some shopping ideas? Here are 14 of my picks that are office appropriate! Note: the black Old Navy tank comes in lots of colors. I just couldn’t get anything other than black to show up in the slideshow below.
Tonight I have a holiday dinner to attend as part of my role in a professional organization (the Association of Records Managers and Administrators, if you must know) and I was a little stuck on what to wear. I like to use the holidays as an excuse to wear all things sparkly but I thought I’d ask on Facebook and Instagram whether I should go with this sequined skirt or my black and green dress.
The overwhelming consensus was the sequin skirt. What I failed to take into account is that apparently Chicago decided to turn into Antarctica and it’s single digit temperatures out there! So, um, I’m a bit cold. Although, a guy in the elevator this morning said, “Look at you! You’re just gonna wear a metallic dress and not care that it’s winter!” So, there’s that.
Also, apologies for the florescent light office photos. It’s just too freaking cold to take photos outside right now!
Yesterday I asked which part of my outfit I’d be passing on as part of the Take One, Pass It On challenge and, well, as you can see, it was the cardigan! Yes, I chose to wear this sequined sweater again because today’s Trend Spin theme is sweaters. Plus, pairing it with gold and brown instead of black and white is a great way to see how versatile red actually is. It’s just too bad that my photographer is busy with finals because it’s REALLY difficult to get a photo of the sequins on the shoulder of this cardigan by myself.
Which look with this cardigan is your favorite? Black and white or brown and gold?
I swear to you I was at Target to get light bulbs and toothpaste, not a cardigan! Okay, that’s not entirely true. I always check the Target coupons and Cartwheel before I go to Target and since there was a $5 off an apparel purchase plus 15% off a sweater with Cartwheel AND I’ve been wanting to get a new red cardigan, well, I had to at least look, right?
Plus, the color and placement of the sequins on this one just go so perfectly with the Style Imitating Art piece that Jen picked for this round!
The coppery gold color reflects the uniform embellishments and the placement on the shoulders reminds me of uniform epaulettes. And of course red, black and white to echo the other major colors in the painting.
I also think it’s fitting that I took these outfit pictures outside the Art Institute of Chicago which is where Jen originally saw this painting. Nice symmetry, yes?
And, yes, I am still doing the Take One, Pass It On challenge but, as a reminder, I use Mondays as a reboot. And I already have some fun outfits planned for the rest of the week. Starting with….actually, you get to guess. Which piece from today do you think I’ll be using tomorrow?
I am TIRED this morning, y’all. So, so tired. Which is why I’m ever so thankful I already had this outfit picked out for Inspiration Monday. Now, jeans and a band shirt aren’t exactly office-appropriate so I went with the idea of blue pants and a printed top instead. And since I’m not a hat girl I brought in a bit of the manliness of the fedora with my white blazer.
Also, flats. So thankful for flats today. See, I rode 65 miles on my bike yesterday and for much of that I was riding faster than I normally ride. Today my legs are destroyed. And while I love the feeling I get after a hard workout, I also want to take it a bit easy the next day. Which means nice, comfy, flat shoes.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to go find some caffeine to keep me awake through my three meetings this Monday.
Yes, it’s Friday and yes, I could be wearing jeans. But I’m not. Instead I decided to break out my sequined pencil skirt. Why? Well, I have a luncheon to attend at the Chicago Cultural Center for my job’s Distinguished Service Awards. At first I was super excited thinking that I’m getting some kind of awesome recognition. Turns out it’s just because I’ve been at my job 5 years. Still, it’s an excuse to wear something a little out of the box, don’t you think?
Plus, this afternoon Kim and I are going to trapeze class together! It will be her first time and I’m so excited to share my new-found trapeze love with a friend. That calls for a celebration in my book!
Pairing the fancy sequined skirt with a neutral colored cardigan and nude heels helps keep it from being too bling-y or overwhelming. Just like the last time I wore it, I wanted it to be part of the outfit, not an in-your-face statement piece.
Linking up with AJ for Friday Favorites since if you click the link in the post you can see another way I’ve worn this skirt!