What do you wear when it’s half summer half spring (half fall)? You wear a maxi dress, of course. As you all know, I’ll use just about any excuse to wear anything remotely pajama-like to work, and a maxi dress is no exception. Instead of droning on about how much I like pajamas and how I wish we could all wear sweat pants and yoga pants to work, I’m going to keep it short and simple today. Pajamas, how I love thee. Maxi dress, you are indeed a close second. (Is it weird I talk to my clothes like they are people?) (I’ll save that for a different post, perhaps.)
Dress: Mimi Chica via consignment ($16, retails for approx $52)
Shrug: Nordstrom Rack (so long ago, cannot remember the price!)
Shoes: Dolce Vita via Marshall’s ($20 marked down from $100)
Long necklace: gift
Short necklace: Fab ($25)
Fashion Huntress tips:
1) Styling a maxi dress for work can be a bit of a challenge, at least for me! It’s hard to not make the outfit look either too informal or too pajama-like. By adding a cardigan or a blazer, you both cover your shoulders (requirements at my work) and add some formality to the dress. Additionally, wearing heels with a maxi dress can go a long way in making the dress look more formal. I last wore this dress with heels, as seen here:
2) One of the biggest challenges in dressing for work is hot weather. Luckily, we’ve had a lot of cool weather, so it hasn’t been bad in Chicago lately. However, I foresee this coming and am guessing it will be a challenge yet again this summer. As an alternative to traditional blazers and cardigans, I really like using shrugs and short-sleeve blazers in summer to layer over dresses. I find a lot of shrugs at Nordstrom Rack, and places like White House Black Market. I tend to find short sleeve blazers at places like Forever 21 and Old Navy. In my experience, don’t need a super high end short sleeve blazer, as it’s one of those pieces that really only gets limited use in summer months. I’m sure I’ll be posting them as it gets warmer here in Chicago. Stay tuned!
Anyone else have workplace summer styling tips? Thanks so much for stopping by! I appreciate it!