Well, in typical Fashion Huntress fashion, I was hanging at work in my giant prom-like dress, when I dropped a container of veggie dip on it. I was going to post today about how it’s fun to style what could be a prom dress for work…but really, I think I’m going to just settle on the fact that I can (and probably will) drop food and drinks on just about anything. And while I’m talking about the fact that I’m slightly clumsy, I figure since this is a safe space, I’m also going to disclose that my hair was styled with….Hot Buns today (google “Hot Buns bun styler” for more information). Yep. Hot Buns happened. Hot Buns, veggie dip, and a pseudo prom dress. Good thing it’s almost Friday.. Oh, and btw, I styled this dress with two different pairs of shoes, you know, because it’s good to have shoe options in life. Especially if you’re going to spill on a pair of them.
I’m probably one of the happiest people in Chicago right now because it’s basically fall weather, and has been for the past few weeks. I know, I know, there’s people out there that are saying, “WHAT?!” What can I say? I’m a fall lover through and through. Hopefully this look captures summer and fall all at once…and a little humor. I want to just add two caveats: I’m not a doctor, and I don’t know who owns this parking lot…but I sure did enjoy a little chuckle while embracing the cool weather and the signs in this photo shoot.
Well, readers, I think it’s time that I share…I took note of many of my fellow bloggers and am on my own personal 30 day no shopping challenge. Like most things you are unsure of, I kept this one to myself, figuring I wouldn’t make it. But, I’m 14 days in and I’m pretty sure I might make it (maybe). As a result of my no shopping challenge, I’m all about rotating some of my favorite pieces this month. So, my beloved Marimekko dress is making another appearance. This time, however, I styled it for work. 30 days? I’ve got this. …(right?). Either way, I’m still merry in Marimekko.
Dress: Marimekko for Banana Republic ($100 marked down from $130, used a coupon)
Shrug: Nordstrom Rack (years ago, maybe $10?)
Belt: Urban Outfitters ($5 marked down from approx $60)
Shoes: Nine West via resale ($2, retail for approx $100)
Short necklace: Fab ($28)
Long necklace: gift
Fashion Huntress tips:
1) I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again: maxi dresses can be tough to style for work. You don’t want to look too informal, and you don’t want to look overly formal either. For this look, I added a shrug, formal/informal heels, and a belt. I originally had on a statement necklace and it was just too much. So, I kept it simple with more understated jewelry. The key is balancing an informal and formal style to keep it looking like you didn’t come from a beach or a wedding.
Here’s how I wore it last on a weekend:
2) Belts can go a long way in giving an outfit a new feel. I really don’t have many belts, but I do rotate them quite a bit. I find a lot of belts on clearance at Ann Taylor Loft and Urban Outfitters. You want to make sure your belts are high quality, or they will be useless when the elastic wears out or the straps break. I look for thick elastic or leather that is genuine leather.
Anyone else have maxi dress styling tips? Places to find belts? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I hope everyone had a great weekend!
I’m not even going to go on and on about denim today, because clearly I do that enough (long story short, I LOVE denim). I may have a problem (ie approx five denim shirts). But, let’s move on from that potential awkwardness, and focus on why I stock denim in this way. Case in point: the denim dress day.
Some days, even though my job doesn’t really call for it, I just really want to rock a power suit..and not just a power suit, I want to power clash in a power suit. While I don’t envy people who have to wear them everyday, I like the option of sporting the look occasionally. Well, let me tell you, readers, G (my fab photog) really outdid herself this time with capturing the spirit of the suit in these photos. The thing is, G is one of those people who doesn’t judge when poses go all sorts of awkward (and they get plenty awkward, let me tell you). In fact, she doesn’t even mind when people walk past and stare during photo shoots (for example, as cars drove past today in the alley way, people rolled down the window, and asked what we were doing) (taking blog photos, obvi). And don’t even get me started on her contributions to The Fashion Huntress, because I’ll get all teary-eyed… Anyway, the spirit of power suit/power clash is exactly what G is all about: owning it. Given that we spend 40+ hours together a week (for the past four years now), I think (I hope) I may be picking up her spirit to just own it…I sure hope so. Cheers to the people to who lift us up and inspire us to be the best version of ourselves …and doing it while in a fab outfit. #ownit #beyou #grateful
Suit (blazer and skirt): Marni for H&M (…years ago, but I did pay full price; maybe $150?)
Bonjour shirt: H&M ($8)
Necklace: Banana Republic ($12 marked down from $80)
Shoes: BCBG via DSW ($11 marked down from approx $100)
Hum dum, another Monday, readers, right? As far as I’m concerned, the only guaranteed way to jazz up a Monday is with a good outfit and/or good pair of shoes. I may have the Monday blues, but I think sporting a spots and stripes jumper dress look in all blues is the best way to embrace them. …and yes, it sure did start raining during this photo shoot. In the spirit of embracing Monday, I went with it!
If there’s one thing I can rarely turn down it’s snacks (generally cheese and carbs), discount shopping, naps…and toile. I’m a sucker for anything toile printed, which really is no surprise. A fabric that features pastoral romantic scenes repeatedly? Sold. The other day when I stopped quickly into a resale shop, I found a somewhat dowdy looking toile skirt that I decided I could probably turn around.