Summer Work Outfit: Maxi Dress with a Blazer


As we start yet another new month, the end of summer feels near. Now is the time to get as much out of the warm weather as possible (even though I can’t wait for fall!!!). For me this means trying to wear as many dresses as possible. Soon I will long for the days when I didn’t have to wear pants. I love to change up a maxi dress for work by throwing on a blazer. I especially love that this dress is actually backless, but because of the high-neck front can be worn in different ways. The pattern lends itself to both a bohemian flair, but also a put together look.

British Khaki Blazer / Sugar Lips Maxi Dress / Francesca’s Earrings / J.Crew Factory Necklace / Fergalicious Sandals

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Wear to Work: Burgundy Pants and a Blazer

 Details: Thrifted Evan Piccone blazer / Willie Smith blouse via TJ Maxx / Gap sweater / Target pants / Halogen riding boots via Nordstrom / J.Crew necklace

The first snow of the season came fast and furious in Pittsburgh last week. I hadn’t even thought of my winter work wear strategy when I was confronted with issues such as “How do I keep my legs warm?” and “If I want to layer a turtle neck under a button down, should people start calling me Martha Stewart?” I was able to keep my wits about me long enough to decide to go for pants and riding boots. The combination would not be complete without a blazer layered on top to elevate it from a tailored weekend look to a polished work look. Also, I just can’t seem to break up with these pants.

What did you wear on the first snow of the year?

Scholarly fashions

In the fall my outfits get very scholarly. That’s probably because for the majority of my life so far, fall meant going back to school. My uniform for high school was not attractive, I will admit that, but I always come back to that collegiate look for fall—school boy blazers, loafers, tights. We did have to wear tights in high school, which I didn’t mind. However, I don’t think my high school had fashion in mind when they enforced that rule.
Thrifted blazer, New York & Co. blouse, Gap skirt, tights (don’t remember), thrifted loafers

Working girl: Suiting alternatives

I was inspired by the suit for this outfit. I love the structured details of a suit, but I wanted to mix in a more contemporary piece like these skinny pants to balance it out. I used a classic blue and white striped ruffled shirt but left it untucked, which kind of made me feel like a British 60s rocker going to the office. And in the true form of a suit, I kept the top and bottom in matching colors, which I thought looked really simple and classic. I don’t know about you, but I feel so much more productive and important when I am dressed like this at work.

H&M jacket and pants; Marshalls blouse; Nine West shoes
I thought I would share the photo below because of the funny expression on my face. I was trying to do an interesting pose and midway through I just gave up and smiled. Artistic? No?. Ha!  

Work approp: Structured ruffles

I got this dress as a birthday gift from my aunt. Normally I would restrict its wear to weekends and going to the beach, but I thought it would be an interesting dress to pair with my structured work blazer. I really like the color and shape of the jacket with the soft flirty ruffles and colors of this dress. And it classifies as work appropriate. In our employee handbook, a skirt can be 6 inches above the knee. Can you believe that? That’s quite short.
I was really excited when I saw this bridge. I thought it would be an awesome place to take outfit photos. Apparently there are many more joggers and cyclists in this park than I thought. One passed every minute, and stared. It was also extremely hot and humid. So if I look like I am in pain in these photos, it may very well be the case. I think you can actually see the humid haze in the top photo. 
H&M blazer; American Eagle dress; Nine West sandals; J.Crew necklace

Wear-to-work Maxi Dress

I love wearing my maxi dress because it’s comfortable and it’s one of those fail-proof outfits that always looks good, which is why I obviously wanted to wear it to work. However, most maxi dresses for summer fall into either the strapless or spaghetti strap category, which is a no-no for work. So to make it work appropriate I threw on my white blazer and beaded necklace. The dress is so flowy and light I felt like I was wearing pajamas all day, but I still felt as though I looked professional.
H&M Blazer: gift; F21 Maxi Dress; Rose Quartz Necklace: gift; Aldo flats