I’m writing this post over two weeks since I wore this outfit. But it was a pretty important day to me so I’ve deemed it still relevant, even if it’s more from a personal perspective.
You see, this was the outfit I wore on my last day heading downtown to my office in Chicago. It’s nothing totally remarkable, but I do like the simple feminine cut, ruffle detail and airy chiffon of this particular pale pink dress. To make it more polished for work, I added the jacket from an old suit and rolled up the sleeves. I purchased the dress online and it didn’t fit perfectly, so the belt gave it a better sense of shape and structure.
The brick street column sign? A love letter (picture?) to my street, Rockwell.
Named Influence Dress because it’s one of the items I was looking at when I decided to name my blog. It turns out, I have any number of things that are pink with a ruffle. Not that anyone would know, because I haven’t been wearing them until recently.
It’s been a busy week and I got home late on Tuesday. But this dress felt essential for me to document. I lazily took a photo in my full length mirror. I felt tired and it looked like it was going to pour buckets of rain from the sky. After my morning washout a few weeks back, it just didn’t seem worth the risk.
Plus, I had a new recipe and fancy new ingredient I wanted to try out. Stormy weeknights are perfect for baking…unless the power goes out, which actually crossed my mind (Backup Plan: Wine). But since I was fortunate to have power I worked quickly to whip up a sweet treat AND had a glass of wine. Stay tuned….
Also of note – one of my Facebook friends linked to this blog post about picking your battles yesterday morning and I cannot. stop. laughing. Maybe it’s just a weird sense of humor, but it’s rare that anything written makes me literally laugh out loud.
Mood plays a large role in the decisions I make about my clothes. I’ve never been a pick-your-outfit-the-night-before kind of girl because I would usually just change my mind in the morning based on how I felt.
Tuesday morning, I was feeling a bit blah. I couldn’t really pinpoint why, but I just felt like being sort of plain. I still wanted to look nice, but nothing super standout was jumping out at me.
Enter the Magic Dress:
From time to time, as I discover articles relevant to clothes and baking, my plan is to share them and chat a bit about why they’ve struck me as interesting. I’m not totally settled on what to call these series of posts, but for now, this title seems ok.
As I set out to create a stronger sense of personal style, I found myself gravitating toward (and wishing I had more!) dresses. For a long time I’ve considered myself more of a skirt girl, especially as the temperatures rise.
I’ve realized lately that a dress creates a strong start to a specific outfit. Then my job is easy to work around it for shoes and accessories. The mornings where I’ve selected a dress have been the day where I feel polished, pretty, put together and have had the most fun with my outfit.
When I came across this article from the The New York Times, “Keeping Cool, Fashionably,” a big moment of “exactly!” went off for me.
One of my goals is to wear more necklaces. I have a tendency to fall in love with a necklace, wear it a few times and then psych myself out of wearing my bolder necklaces regularly.
But, no more. This is one necklace I’d like to make more regular use of. I purchased it on our honeymoon in Argentina in an accessories store. I’m sure it was the South American equivalent of, like, The Icing.
But I feel like since it’s the Argentina version of an accessories chain, that makes it more unique. Unique-ish. At least in North America. Even if, you know, a bunch of teenage girls in Argentina are running around in this necklace.
Also of note, this photo was taken on a lovely Friday morning. It had just rained and the next round of heat hadn’t come in. It was a beautiful summer morning in Chicago. Those are rare and should be enjoyed as much as possible when they happen.
It has been very hot and humid in Chicago – the last day or so will have morning temps in the 90 degree range and with crazy high humidity, let’s just say it’s not super comfy out there.
Sartorially, this has meant finding a way to stay melt-free outside while accounting for freezing cold AC at the office. Enter a strapless dress.
I previously would have reserved this dress for special occasions, but with my new open-minded approach to dressing, I saw the potential to make it office appropriate with a cardigan. This outfit has a lot of color for me. Since I tend to rely on at least one neutral, this was definitely a stretch out of my comfort zone.
I love shopping for dresses at Target. I feel like I’ve discovered enough hidden gems in their clothing department over the years to justify my never-ending love for their cheap chic fashions. I tend to change my mind a lot, but somehow, several of my favorite pieces tend to be from Target collections in years past.
This is one of my recent finds, and I’ve fallen in love with it. I love the ruffle bottom and the overall perfect summer shape of the dress. After initially purchasing this dress in another pattern and seeing how well it worked for me, I sought out the dress in a new pattern on a return trip to Target.
I felt like I was in the mood for something a bit simple and fuss-free Monday, so I pulled out this simple gray dress I usually tie with a black sash. When my husband took this photo, I whined a little about how I didn’t think it was so great. But I shrugged it off, settled and just figured I “had a case of the Mondays.”
It turned out Monday had bigger (wetter) plans for me though. As soon as I started walking toward the office, the sky was super-dark gray and a fierce, heavy, super-dark out downpour came through. Like, my umbrella-was-comically-unhelpful, my-hair-was-dripping-wet downpour. My dress was soaked completely through and dripping wet. That little bow in my sash – completely untied. It was 8:30 in the morning, pre-coffee, on a Monday, and the day was pretty much a waste of makeup.
At that point, all I could do was laugh. And maybe laugh/cry a bit. I pulled out a dry pair of shoes from my desk, ran out super fast to buy a new dress, pulled up a ponytail and got on with the day.
Lesson Learned: Do not whine on Monday mornings. Duly noted, Mother Nature. Duly noted.