denim dress day

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I wanted to wear my new heels this week, but decided to reserve them for an evening debut (though I think they are definitely work appropriate too!). I started my work day with a denim dress from Nordstrom Rack and a cardigan. I added the polka dot shoes that I seem to be wearing all the time!

The cardigan has beautiful bead work and the dress has great shoulder detail:

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

Cardigan: Banana Republic ($27 marked down from approx $80)

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

To transition this look from work to evening, I simply added a heel and ditched the cardigan!

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Dress: same as above

Shoes: Marc by Marc Jacobs ($10 marked down from approx $300, via vintage resale)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) Nordstrom Rack has a great clearance section for dresses. However, they also have quite a few $20 price point dresses in the regular dress section. I’ve looked in a different few locations and this does seem to be a theme at all of them. You can either ask a salesperson, or search on your own for the racks that have the $20 price point. They are often clustered together amidst higher priced racks. Those dresses are often more discounted than the clearance rack! That method was how I found the denim dress posted here, and others.

2) Readers, you know I love denim at work. It’s so versatile! Use it as a neutral and add your favorite accent colors. I added the coral cardigan and blue shoes for work. Then, for night, I dressed it up with heels. It was simple to dress up the denim with the fancy couture (and so affordable!) shoes! Easy peasy!

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mad for plaid

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In true Windy City fashion, it’s back to winter weather here. Cold and rainy means I want to wear this all day:

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(Amazingly comfy but totally shapeless pile of sweatpants and sweatshirts)

Seeing as how sweatpants are not an option for work (sigh), I decided to go back to dresses and tights.

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I accessorized my plaid dress with tights with zippers on the sides:

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Yes, tights with zippers! Funky and fun and still work appropriate.

I added my heels that I’ve been wearing a lot recently:

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And ta da! I didn’t even resort to sweatpants after all!

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Dress: Gap ($27 marked down from $60)

Tights: Blue ($4 marked down from approx $20)

Shoes: Aubrey Brooke from DSW ($12 marked down from $99)

Fashion Huntress tips:

1) Rainy and cold weather calls for pajamas. But if that’s not an option, I like to wear dresses with thick tights or leggings.  Many dresses can be worn year round if you just change out the accessories. This dress could be worn in warmer weather without tights and with the sleeves rolled up.  When it’s really cold, I wear this dress with fleece lined tights (amazingly comfortable and almost like pajamas), knee high boots and a cardigan. You guys know how I feel about getting as much use as possible from clothes by wearing them all year round!

2) Similar to my first tip, changing out shoes helps your outfit go from work to weekend. I wear this dress during the day on weekends with flats and a jean jacket for a laidback look.  For work, dressy heels keeps it formal.