dolled up denim


With a massive heat wave passing through Chicago, I have been pulling out my favorite summer dresses to wear to work. Readers, you know I love denim (a lot). Given that we cannot wear jeans to work (and who would want to in this heat??), I like to get creative with denim. I found this dress at Nordstrom Rack for $20. I love the full skirt, zipper, pockets, and shoulder details. In other words, I love every part of this dress!

To dress up my denim, I added my handmade necklace by Zegna Jewelry.


I also added my “matches everything” polka dot shoes from Gap.


The final product is a work outfit that is perfect for a summer heat wave!


Dress: Love Ady at Nordstrom Rack ($20 marked down from approx $80)

Necklace: Zegna Jewelry

Shoes: Gap ($21 marked down from $50)


Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I like dresses that have a cap sleeves because they work for day and night, with or without a cardigan. It’s been so hot here that even with air conditioning, it is still pretty warm inside. As a result, it’s generally too warm for a cardigan. Thus, if I want to wear a dress, it needs to have cap sleeves (versus a tank top dress or ‘spaghetti straps’). When looking for dresses that work for day and night, keep a look-out for short sleeve or cap sleeve dresses. These are not the easiest to find, so I normally get them when I find them!

2) To transition this dress for cooler weather, I added a cardigan, tights, and/or leggings. I last wore it in slightly cooler weather.

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Without the cardigan and different jewelry, I easily created a new look for this dress to keep it fresh and versatile. Readers, you know I love to switch-up accessories to create new looks! Getting creative with layers and jewelry really adds to your ability to wear clothes throughout different seasons.

Regarding my necklace by Zegna Jewelry:

Zegna’s Etsy store can be found here:

Zegna’s blog can be found here:

Speaking of accessories, I plan to post another ‘remix and rematch’ this weekend to further illustrate my affinity for rotating accessories and layering!

Happy mid-week! Thank you for stopping by today!

16 replies to “dolled up denim

    1. I didn’t think of that, but you are so right! I remember that show so fondly (and occasionally still catch reruns!). I love how some silhouettes live on well past their debut; I’m glad this one honors her and her style!

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