The Evolution of an Outfit

I thought I would do something a little different today and take you guys through my process of choosing an outfit! As I mentioned earlier in the week, dressing for work has been quite the challenge for me and I’m trying really hard to take the clothes I have and make them work-appropriate.

Exhibit A:

This pink sundress shows a little bit too much cleavage, plus the back is pretty low. Simple fix? Throw this cute striped tee on top for coverage!

Exhibit B:

Since this sundress has a full skirt, the tee looked lumpy just laying over the top of the dress, so I knotted it to give myself a little waist definition (and I love the way a knotted tee looks!). I always take a cardigan to the office because it’s like Antarctica there, so I grabbed this gray ruffly one. However, I just wasn’t feeling the look, in case you are wondering what my facial expression means!

Exhibit C:

Forever 21 Cardigans, Target Striped Tee, Old Dress, Forever 21 Flats

I took off the gray cardigan- ahhh, much better! Then I added this open black cardigan and tied it in front to finish off the look. Ta-da! An outfit I can comfortably and safely (no revealing any naughty bits!) wear to work! Do you guys go through a similar process when getting dressed for work?

Yay for the long weekend! Tomorrow I plan to attend a friend’s graduation party, then a bunch of friends and I are making our way down to Philly to celebrate the 4th of July weekend there. It’s going to be fun getting the gang together and I’m looking forward to the good ole’-fashioned BBQ that my friend has planned! What are your plans for this weekend?

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  1. Gentrileeblog wrote:

    Very cute! You are lovely!

    Posted 7.1.11 Reply
  2. Aki! wrote:

    Looks great. I go through a pretty standard decision making process! 

    Posted 7.1.11 Reply
  3. Ellenreviewsblog wrote:

    Looks great! :) Stripes and pink are match :) 

    Posted 7.1.11 Reply
  4. Krystal/Village wrote:

    haha, i like this!!! i hope your weekend rocks, it sounds like it will be good!

    Posted 7.1.11 Reply
  5. Rosie wrote:

    My process is normally a little more hectic and frustrating – I love your expressions here, haha. Enjoy your bbq!

    Rosie x

    Posted 7.1.11 Reply
  6. Fashionismyh2o wrote:

    Ha-ha I love these pictures that is just like me in the AM :p I'm always throwing stuff on and off ha-ha I love how this outfit ended up :) super cute!


    Posted 7.1.11 Reply
  7. Emma wrote:

    haha what a cute idea, love the outfit too hun

    Posted 7.1.11 Reply
  8. sartorialsidelines wrote:

    I love this – the facial expressions in some of these shots really tells the whole story.

    xoxo ~ Courtney

    Posted 7.1.11 Reply
  9. girl-about-town wrote:

    Aw, why pull the faces?  You look beautiful, I really love how you styled it! Granted, it got better and better (which was a great feature!) but at each step, it was still a great outfit!

    Its a brilliant idea, I may have to do that more, in real life! I never think to wear dresses that way! Great post! 

    Girl about Town XxX

    Posted 7.1.11 Reply
  10. Aquí wrote:

    I love the evolution of this outfit! Your end result looks perfectly put together!

    Posted 7.1.11 Reply
  11. Spoilsofwear wrote:

    Smart layering!  Can't go wrong with stripes…and PINK!

    Posted 7.1.11 Reply
  12. Eve wrote:

    Thank you for your comment on my blog:),
    You have a lovely blog! Xxxxx

    Posted 7.2.11 Reply
  13. All About Eve wrote:

    Thanks for your comment.
    I love being able to turn a dress into a skirt like this.

    Posted 7.2.11 Reply
  14. Spinning Threads wrote:

    i like it!  i go thru a similar process except it's probably like 10x those steps.  my husband must roll his eyes at me as i keep trying on and changing (even for some place simple i can go through a couple of changes!).  anyway, it's all part of the process!  love your end result!


    Posted 7.2.11 Reply
  15. Gertrude wrote:

    Haha love the look on your face in the first picture! Love how you transformed the dress into beautiful outfits :) xo

    Posted 7.3.11 Reply
  16. Lyddiegal wrote:

    knotted striped shirt over pink skirt… yes!
    I'm so doing this one ;)

    Posted 7.3.11 Reply
  17. Chelsea wrote:

    awh so fun girl! I love knotted tees!


    Posted 7.4.11 Reply
  18. tia_cherie wrote:

    Love the final outfit that you came up with and it is so creative putting tops over dresses and knotting your tops. I need to become more creative with my outfits. I like this post, it was so fun to see your process.

    Posted 7.4.11 Reply
  19. Ambersmouthwash wrote:

    what a cute posting idea! I love this. Very creative, and oh so true!! I go through this all the time. Draining, isn't it? Very fun and cute outfit!


    Posted 7.4.11 Reply
  20. samalamode wrote:

    Yeah, I love your 2nd outfit better! i think the lightness of the gray still made it look a bit too casual :)

    Posted 7.5.11 Reply
  21. Ashley wrote:

    Haha.  Love your facial expressions and thanks for taking us through the process of how you get dressed for work!  I have to wear the same ol' black t-shirt everyday at work, and recently I've been throwing it on over a dress as opposed to just wearing it with jeans.  It's difficult…but it works.  Can't wait till I have a real job with a better dress code!  

    Posted 7.5.11 Reply
  22. Nnenna wrote:

    Haha, those are the faces I make IRL when this is happening, so I just had to share them =) Thanks so much!

    Posted 7.5.11 Reply
  23. Nnenna wrote:

    Thanks! I totally felt the same way! haha =)

    Posted 7.5.11 Reply
  24. Nnenna wrote:

    Thanks Ellen, I agree! :)

    Posted 7.5.11 Reply
  25. Nnenna wrote:

    Thank you very much Eve! :)

    Posted 7.5.11 Reply
  26. Nnenna wrote:

    Thanks! haha, I crack those faces all the time! ;)

    Posted 7.5.11 Reply
  27. Nnenna wrote:

    Thank you everyone for your lovely comments!  I just felt like pulling faces and showing you a goofy side and I'm glad you liked it! :D

    Posted 7.5.11 Reply
  28. Alex Elizabeth wrote:

    That pink color is so pretty! I love the layering you eventually came up with, too. Lucky me, I have no dress code and can basically wear anything to work– although I don't.  But if I showed up in head-to-toe Juicy velour no one would even blink.  Upside of working in fashion :)

    Posted 7.6.11 Reply
  29. Monica wrote:

    I love the stripes with the pink!
    Ask the Duplex

    Posted 7.8.11 Reply
  30. Nnenna wrote:

    Thanks Monica! =)

    Posted 7.8.11 Reply
  31. Doreen wrote:

    So creative, great ideas girl, i'll definitely be doing that to my dresses :)

    Posted 7.11.11 Reply