My Wardrobe Today – Thursday

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obi belt
silver earrings

Maxi DressSuzi Chin for Maggy Boutique
BeltAnother Line
ShoesMiss Sixty “Jaiden”
Earrings – Nordstrom (no longer available)
Silver and green ring – Maryland Renaissance Festival
Silver cuff

Come summer, I practically live in dresses. While my legs are strong, they aren't my favorite part of my body and I don't think they look as good in shorts as they do a dress. A short dress is fine for work and running errands, but I love maxi dresses for evening barbecues, running after Emerson, and taking advantage of breezes. I don't own any this summer so I have purchased two recently (another from Gap which I will be wearing this weekend), this is one shown is the other. This one almost got returned.

When it arrived, I thought the fabric looked cheap. I tried it on, and it looked as though the company sewed the top of hospital scrubs to a long skirt. I tried a wide jute and brown leather belt and a long wood and bead necklace with it. It looked as though I was dressing up hospital scrubs. I was so disappointed. Then I had dinner, watched some mindless television, and came back to the dress. In theory it's perfect – incredibly lightweight, slits on the side for easy walking, able to wear with a standard bra, even has pockets! So I played with accessories, came up with this combination, and now I adore this dress. Last night my husband had a photo shoot. He left as I was examining my reflection with the brown accessories and agreed that it looked as though I was wearing “a formal hospital scrubs gown.” When he came home, I had it paired with this belt and shoes and he said, “You look hot, and like you would be on a sci fi show like Doctor Who.” That was enough for me, it was staying in my closet!

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  1. BoutiqueGirl
    July 23, 2011 / 10:54 am

    Gorgeous dress, fabulous colour! The way that you have styled it is great and you look amazing!

  2. July 18, 2011 / 6:31 pm

    Do you really know what Allie is thinking? I think not. The outfit works for her and that’s all that matters…

  3. July 18, 2011 / 4:20 pm

    Sleek and chic! Love it!

  4. Willlily
    July 18, 2011 / 2:23 pm

    You look so thin and the maxi dress is flattering on you, but this one reminds me of some type of relgious robe.

  5. Herronb
    July 18, 2011 / 2:17 pm

    I think you look wonderful 99.9% of the time, and I love your blog – but I have a feeling you will look back on the photos of this dress and think, “what was I thinking?” The combo of the fabric and the maxi silhouette just doesn’t work.

  6. July 17, 2011 / 5:12 am

    I think the outfit is perfect for you. I really love the belt and your choice of earrings. Great style.

  7. July 15, 2011 / 11:29 am

    I love the color and the belting, fab! It’s perfectly appropriate for my workplace, perhaps not for the *most* conservative offices. But I love it and I love the look on your face!

  8. July 15, 2011 / 10:12 am

    I would never have guessed that this dress was anything other than perfect because of how fantastically you styled it! 

  9. Tiffany
    July 15, 2011 / 6:14 am

    This is the first thing that crossed my mind when I saw your pics.  The dress looks amazing on you, but you need something to break up the neckline.

  10. July 14, 2011 / 11:08 pm

    It’s the neckline and sleeves that gives it the look of scrubs. I like the length and color but not the neckline and sleeves. The belt is perfection.

  11. Anna
    July 14, 2011 / 8:03 pm

    I love the color on you, but my eye has trouble getting used to the maxi silouette. 

  12. Kasmira
    July 14, 2011 / 8:00 pm

    I think the high, thick, obi-style belt is perfect for this dress!
    It’s fun to see you try something you originally thought was inappropriate for the office!

  13. em
    July 14, 2011 / 7:52 pm

    Love it! Wow you look tall and thin, while still curvy and delicious! Great color on you too, yum!

  14. kathy
    July 14, 2011 / 6:54 pm

    Gorgeous color, gorgeous belt, teeny waist, but I just can’t love the maxi for work.

  15. July 14, 2011 / 5:48 pm

    I love this outfit! Love the color on you, think you look fabulous 🙂

  16. DiWrier
    July 14, 2011 / 5:20 pm

    I think it’s a little too casual for most offices, especially in a conservative city. But, for me, it would be perfect for the SAHM life.

  17. July 14, 2011 / 5:00 pm

    I am coming around to maxis at work as well, and I like this a lot. It’s hard to find maxis with sleeves that are flattering.

  18. Amber
    July 14, 2011 / 4:38 pm

    It’s cute, especially as you’ve styled it, but I’m still of the “no maxis at work” school. Of course, I’m the girl at work in a skirt, cardigan, and Wonder Woman tshirt, so don’t trust me. 🙂

  19. Jennifer Blain
    July 14, 2011 / 4:22 pm

    The color and fit are pretty good. I think the only thing that give is the “scrub” look is the cut of the neck line, perhaps a pendent or long necklace would dress it up a little bit. 

  20. July 14, 2011 / 4:00 pm

    I think it’s extremely flattering. The belt makes the look.

  21. Domesticsophisticate
    July 14, 2011 / 3:58 pm

    You look very thin in this dress, and the color is stunning – I think your husband was right on! 🙂

  22. July 14, 2011 / 3:46 pm

    Funny because I got this in a 10 when I would usually get a 12 or 14.  There is still a lot of fabric…

  23. July 14, 2011 / 3:46 pm

    Today I considered risking it because I know I have no meetings and much of upper management is out today. 🙂  I think this will be more for weekends after today

  24. July 14, 2011 / 3:45 pm

    Lisa, no need to apologize.  It does look scrubs-like and I am wondering if it’s really perfect as I wear it 🙂

  25. fashionbyalicia
    July 14, 2011 / 3:44 pm

    I think it is really cute!

  26. July 14, 2011 / 3:43 pm

    i think the key to wearing maxis at work (which i have actually done several times!) it so wear dressier shoes and accessories. i also ALWAYS wear a belt when i wear one to work because it somehow seems more structured. i will also wear a cami underneath for modesty and a cardi overtop for warmth (and a little extra modesty in the office). i think you nailed it here with the belt, shoes, earrings, and bangles!

  27. Emily
    July 14, 2011 / 3:42 pm

    This look really highlights your small waist. Although I came to this blog originally for fashion advice, reading about your efforts with weight loss and reviewing your older photos is quite inspiring. Well done.

    Maybe a smaller size dress would lessen the scrubs effect. It looks like there is a lot of extra material, especially on top.

  28. Lisa
    July 14, 2011 / 3:38 pm

    Unfortunately, my first thought was hospital scrubs even though I do think the belt is cute.  I still can’t get past my first impression.  Sorry  :o(

  29. July 14, 2011 / 3:37 pm

    Love the dress, love the way you’ve accessorized it – but I still wouldn’t be comfortable wearing it to an office-type work setting.  I just can’t imagine the fabric swirling around down there while I played professional 😀

  30. Alyson / TAGG
    July 14, 2011 / 3:31 pm

    So cute! I also wonder about maxis for work but this material, at least in the photos, looks really nice! A KEEPER! 🙂

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