#OOTD: Styling a Shirt Dress

If you haven’t figured out your spring uniform yet, there is still time. If you have no clue what I am talking about, I’ll let you in on a style secret that many fashion-forward people from bloggers to runway types share: Find a look you love that you feel good in and re-create it to cultivate a “uniform” of sorts.

My uniform last fall consisted of vintage graphic t-shirts, Forever 21 skinny jeans, black & gray checkerboard Vans, Iristocracy “geek chic” glasses and an oversized leather crossbody (that doubles as a diaper bag). It was a look that worked well with my life (carting kids around, getting down on the floor and pretending to be some type of animal…you get my drift). My “going out” look consisted of full midi skirts and crop tops. For spring, I am headed toward shirt dresses for daytime and shrunken sweaters + pleated midis for going out.

Here is what I pulled together yesterday for the SEVENTY degree weather we had in the Chicago area!

This dress is Laundry by Shelli Segal, and her shirt dresses fit me to a “t.” If you find a designer who has the right proportions for your body, hit up every store that carries them when they have a sale. Laundry is usually found at Marshalls, TJ Maxx, etc… for around $30. They hold up well in the wash, don’t wrinkle, and the material has a lot of stretch in it. It originally came with a fabric belt of the same print, but…

TIP: When you purchase a shirt dress, snip off the thin rope belt rings and replace the original fabric belt with a coordinating color.

I found this belt in the Men’s clearance section of Old Navy for $1.49 this winter.

TIP: Don’t just stay in your department, try Men’s or Kid’s departments for accessories!

I found this leather structured purse at Village Thrift in Chicago for $3.99. I adore the minimal gold hardware and trim, the suede interior, and the ladylike frame.

I am not a pro stacker of bracelets, but I love the look of mixed materials. The bracelets are (from top to bottom) Francesca’s (around $7 on clearance), Gap ($3.99 clearance), Kate Spade (gift), and thrift from Savers ($2.99).

How cute are these SE Boutique heels? Not very practical, but they work if you are popping in and out of a cab. (I swapped them for gold flat sandals as soon as my photos were done…shhhh). I purchased these at DSW for $9.99 a few years ago. Their secret sale is the best thing ever- make sure to check out my post for details.

What will your spring uniform look like? Do tell!



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