MAKING A SUMMER DRESS WORK APPROPRIATE

Hi everyone! I’m starting to get back into my groove and feeling a little less disheveled. River and I are moving into our apartment tomorrow and I’m super excited to get our life put back together! I hate the whole process of moving (except for the declutter phase) so I’m super excited to get life organized again. To those of you who have moved across the country before, I understand you. To those of you that are planning to move across the country, you’ll be just fine! I promise :) 

Today I wanted to share a personal dilemma that I have when it comes to my summer wardrobe. Summer is prime dress season but I always struggle with investing in dresses that aren’t appropriate for work. Mostly dresses with tank top straps or no straps at all which there is definitely no shortage of. But this year I decided to take the plunge on this lovely blue number when I found it secondhand. I fell in love with the material and flow of the dress and decided that I would find a way to make it work for the office. Below is my workplace solution as well as some more inspiration for making a dress work appropriate. 

Outfit Thoughts

The easy solution for making a dress work appropriate is to throw a cardigan or denim jacket over it. However, for this look I wanted to challenge myself and find a different solution. One that would fit in with my style but be a little more out of the box. I settled on adding my chambray button up and making the overall look appear to be two pieces instead of one. It’s very similar to a denim jacket but a small twist which makes it more flirty and fun. 

Style Tips

| LIGHT LAYER | - with it getting so hot in the summer, layering is probably the last thing on your mind. That's why when I do want to add more dimension to a look or when I want to make something more work appropriate I look for fabrics that are airy and light. This chambray shirt is 100% cotton and has been the perfect piece to wear as a cover up. 

| BLUE ON BLUE | - this is a ton of color for me in one outfit but I've found the combination refreshing. It's nice to change things up by pairing some of the few color pieces in my capsule together. With this pairing there is a nice contrast but still flows and feels simple. 

| CROP LENGTH | - I've talked about this before but when you're layering a shirt over a dress or jumpsuit it's important to pay attention to the where that shirt hits you. Small confession. I actually had to retake these photos because my button up was tied too high and the proportions looked off. Always make sure the over shirt hits you at the thinnest part of your waist for the most flattering look. 

| FRONT TIE | - the front tie helps further accentuate my waist by adding a focal point. I normally don't do a front tie but thought it added a casual touch. Here are some other options for creating a cropped look with a button up: after tying the shirt, tuck the tie portion underneath the shirt to create a slight folder over affect or you can gather your shirt in the back and then tuck it under to once again create that fold over crop look. 

Outfit Details

measurements: height 5'5", weight 130lbs, 34C, 27in, 39in
1 | summer dress | first rite / size: small / similar from garmentorysimilar cut / love this option too / similar under $55 

2 | chambray shirt | madewell / size: small / sustainable option / similar under $25

3 | tan flats | dolce vita / similar ethical versionsimilar under $65

4 | handbag | sezane / similar from sezane / similar under $55 

Dress Layering Inspiration

 photo via the fashion medley

photo via the fashion medley

 photo via pinterest 

photo via pinterest 

 photo via nanushka

photo via nanushka

Cheers!
Allison