I’ll be the first to admit that I hate dressing for work. I’m in a new position that is more administrative and conservative than my previous jobs, and it’s been hard to get a grasp on how to dress for work. While the dress code is actually “professional” or “business casual,” when I spent the last 10 years in an environment (the performing arts) where the dress code was paint-covered jeans, black t-shirts, or dance pants, it makes give more consideration to what I’m wearing.
Most mornings, my thought process is something like, “What is today? Do I have any meetings? And can I get away with wearing jeans?” To simplify that, I wear a “uniform” most days: some variation of nice top, pants, scarf or chunky necklace, and weather/activity appropriate shoes.
With spring on the way, though, I can swap out that tired old uniform for an outfit that’s even easier — sun dresses and sweet flats! Easy to wear, looks professional with little effort, and mentally makes me feel more “put together.” As I’ve been working to lose weight this past year and half, it doesn’t seem to be too long between an item “fitting” and that same item being “too big/unwearable,” which makes it difficult to feel “put together.” Luckily this dress still has a bit more life in it before it gets to the “too big/unwearable” stage. Thank goodness! Come summer, when the weather is too unbearable for clothes, my “uniform” will become a dress or skirt and tank top!
This dress is from Australian-based plus-size company City Chic. I love them for offering well-made plus-size options in youthful, trendier styles. While some of the options fall into the stereotype of a plus-size garment (oversized floral patterns! shiny synthetic patterns!), there are many other pieces worth owning. Dozens of pieces have stocked my closet over the years, and they’ve held up nicely. The customer service has always been kind and quick to help. Sometimes the pieces feel over-priced, so I always try to wait out a sale — they have great ones, typically from 30-50% off sitewide!
What I Wore:
City Chic Spliced Color Tunic (courtesy of City Chic)
Sorelli earrings (similar and similar)
Wendy Brandes Little Woolf necklace
Michael Kors Runway watch
John Fluevog Lately flats (similar)
Foley + Corinna Mid-City Tote
Prada Baroque Sunglasses
Call her Ash, Ashe, or Ashley– she doesn’t mind! Already Pretty contributor Ashley began blogging in 2007 about fashion and style to fill a void in her life while living in the wintery tundra of Indiana. Her blog Dramatis Personae focuses on food, life & style. Ashley’s love of fashion began at 10, when she bought her first issue of Seventeen magazine; this also began a life long battle with learning to love her body (she never looked like the girls who graced those pages). As a plus-sized woman, she loves promoting fashion for all women and shops that want to make all ladies feel beautiful. She currently calls New Orleans home and share her little house with a wonderful fiance and two brilliant and playful Maine Coons kitties.