Office Appropriate

Dress (Gap); Shirt (Target); Nylons (Kohls); Necklace (Ann Taylor); Shoes (Naturalizer)
Watch (Fossil); Glasses (gifted by Firmoo)
Nicole Lai Photography

This dress is lower cut and sleeveless - certainly not appropriate for navigating the cube maze at work.  However, tying a chambray shirt quickly converts this dress to work wear.  I wish this type of magic could be used on other things not work appropriate... like office cocktails during the day.  Maybe I've just been watching too much Mad Men, but I'd like to make the nomination for office cocktails as the universal method for improving corporate culture.  We can call it the Draper policy :)


Daniella said...

This is such a beautiful, classic and chic look. Love the colours and tying the shirt adds such a great little twist :)

Take care,
Daniella xox

Mira said...

Very classy and pretty. Love the skirt <3


Annie said...

That shirt looks SO cute tied like that, and I love the chunky heel on those pumps!

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Tasia |Ruffles and Sequins| said...

Perfect outfit, Heather! This is fabulous for dressing down a office suit-dress :) I'll have to remember it so I can get more wear out of some of my dresses.

Rakhshanda Rizvi said...

Love the shirt <3 Great outfit!!

Laura B @ Walking in Memphis in High Heels said...

I'm in love with the color of that dress!!!

Lady of Style said...

I just wanted to comment on the lovely fuller skirt (I am looking for one at the moment) when I read that it is actually a dress. This looks perfect for work.

Now you inspired me to transform my dresses!

Lady of Style

Ashleigh said...

LOVE the oxblood-colored shoes with it!

Natalia A said...

Lovely outfit. The dress certainly made a beautiful skirt - love the flowing fabric and the colour. x

Rachel said...

What a smart way to make a dress work-appropriate. I usually just throw a cardigan over it, but this is WAY cuter!

Laura @ Chaotic Domestic said...

Love how you made the dress office appropriate. Also love the color of the shoes with the emerald skirt.

Sam said...

I like your interpretation of office wear, very chic, trendy and classic with a twist. looks great hun!

Alissa said...

I love how you made it work appropriate, there is nothing worse than a dress you love but can't wear to work! Have a great Monday!

Julie, from prosecco to plaid said...

Love this. It's totally work appropriate now and super cute! xo, Julie

rlutz said...

Perfect for the office!! Cocktails at our desk at work sound fabulous, but I am not sure I would be too productive after a few!! Love this simple and chic look!

whitley hamlin said...

Absolutely adorable, pretty girl. You seriously, though, would do well in a brown paper bag!

Amy Shaughnessy said...

This is so cute! What a great way to transform a dress for work. You look great.


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Niki Caron said...

This is great! I love what you did with the dress to cover up the parts that were not so office appropriate!

TheTinyHeart said...

The chambray shirt looks adorable tied! And there's definitely been some cocktails at work over here on occasion, haha!

The Tiny Heart

Joy Shana said...

Love your shirt, you look gorgeous

Catherine said...

Some days I swear I would work better if I had a cocktail (or two). Can you imagine? I love that you turned a dress into a skirt - genius! I need to do this with more of my outfits!

Renae at simple sequins said...

ah Heather, you look fabulous in the outfit. Very appropriate. Thanks for the compliment on my warm outfit. hahahaha.

Kim (A Very Sweet Blog) said...

i love chambray! that shirt looks awesome with your dress.

Candyliquor UK said...

oo I love your skirt!!

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RedTagChicLosAngeles said...

Office appropriate yet so cool & fun at the same time....how great is that??


Bethie The Boo said...

I would fully support the Draper policy! Seriously!

Love how a simple chambray shirt can make a LBD totally work appropriate!!

7eventh Letter said...

In love with that shirt you're rocking!!!

7eventh Letter

Dina Karivalis said...

such a cute look! I posted some office wear today also. Loving your shoes here!
xo Dina
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Alyssa Longobucco said...

I've seen people tie chambrays a lot like this lately, and I absolutely love it! It's such a fun, playful twist and it makes this dress appropriate while staying more fun than a cardigan would!

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Melanie Liliana said...

Love this outfit! classy yet fun!


ashley said...

Love the shirt over the dress!

xo Ashley

Ana Filipa said...

great shirt!
wanna follw eachother?


Inggih Laras Ati said...

Ah.. I love this simplicity style somuch somuch preety dear:)


love jenny xoxo said...

classic and beautiful!

{love jenny xoxo}

Agnes Mayer said...

Love this look. Beautiful and classic. Dont' forget my link up this thursday and I"m doing a fabulous giveaway for a stella and dot bracelet.



LyddieGal said...

This is pretty much my go-to for summer office outfits. Love the cute casual vibe a knotted shirt gives the dress.
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Rachel Lynne said...

I love being able to make something work appropriate like this! The color of the dress is gorgeous and I love your heels :)

Also, I am all for the cocktails at work :) I think it would help me be more creative ;)

Akinyi Ragwar said...

I like how you covered the dress up with this Chambray shirt, really brings the look together! The shoes are so adorable with the outfit, what a lovely look!

xoxo Akinyi


Carolines Day said...

This is so simple but so chic!! Definitely taking away as an inspiration. :)

Carolines Day said...

This is so simple but so chic!! Definitely taking away as an inspiration. :)

Anonymous said...

Love this look - so cool that it's actually a dress! I've recently started to play around with the shirt-over-dress look, too - so fun! And here, here for office cocktails. Let's make it happen!

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Juneli said...

Loving how you made the dress work appropriate, Heather, and let me tell you, you look so chic and sophisticated in those glasses!
Indeed, work appropriate!
Juneli from Fashionably Yours

Anonymous said...

Lovely outfit! I love how you turned your dress into a skirt.


Chahrazad said...

Lovely outfit dear! Glasses look really good on you.


Lily EBVS said...

Tying a chambray over a dress is one of my favorite tricks -- you look great. I love the length of the dress with those heels, too.

Jen {Pearls and Lace} said...

Such a lovely look for the office Heather! I've yet to try a shirt over a dress but it's on my list for the spring and summer! I'm afraid I won't look as polished as you!

xo jen

Kristina said...

This is so cute, I love that your skirt is actually a dress!


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Jacquelineand.... said...

I like the entire look but the glasses? They rock! In fact, I have a pair almost exactly like them.

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Mary Kapsi said...

Great outfit!
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Mrs C said...

Casual chic and denim and green is gorgeous!


Allyssa said...

That's such a great idea! And when you're done with work, you can take off the chambray top and be ready for a night on the town :)

Trenchcoats to Tiaras said...

This is such a cute look. I love making not-so-appropriate things appropriate like this... I wish making things work nicely could be as easy as this, yeah...


Diana Marks said...

very elegant! I like it!

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newpetite said...

You cut your hair? I love this look and your hair!

Jeans and a Teacup said...

Great idea to add the chambray to make it work appropriate! Looks great!
Jeans and a Teacup

Ginny said...

I love the chambray over a dress, I belted it when I did it, but I think the knot is so fun, I'll have to try it. :)

Elana said...

I love how well you transition your items for the office, this looks so effortless! haha I love your Draper policy.

Married...with a Pup said...

I love this idea! I've been trying to come up with ways I can convert summerish dresses into my winter wardrobe. This is a perfect idea!

silvergirl said...

love the tied at the waist chambray shirt

Anonymous said...

I love how you have tied the chambray shirt to make it work styled! That is such a rad idea and one I may have to use, if you dont mind?!
Great outfit, and how you created it. Totally agree on the Draper policy!
x Kirsty

Sara Strauss {Sincerely, Sara} said...

So cute! I love blue and green together!

Sincerely, Sara

Megan Magers said...

love love the denim with emerald this is the perfect spring look! and so effortless with the top knotted and the skirt length xo


Victoria | Haute said...

lmao, I second your nomination for office cocktails! They would definitely improve corporate culture! haha.

Great look! I love tying chambray shirts - it gives it an extra feminine touch.


Bri Marie said...

Gosh this is adorable Heather!!! The ties from the dress are so subtle under the chambray - it really works!!! I'm definitely going to have to try this...and I'll definitely put some thought into how to disguise cocktails at work through fashion...hmm... :)

Rachel @ Making Life Fabulous said...

That's such a good idea! This is the perfect look now :)

navy and orange said...

love the chambray!

xoxo navy & orange

Ana from Sweet Serendipity said...

GREAT office look. Love the deep colors paired together.

Arisa said...

Love this! xD

CoastWithMe said...

What a great idea! I really thought that skirt was a separate piece! Love this look girl!

dawn said...

just love this look- really great styling! love the shoe color- perfect


Gabi from Velvet Avenue said...

You look stunning! Love your shoes!
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Naomi Peffer said...

Love this outfit! So fun! And I'm in love with the color of the dress!


Jen ♥ said...

Love doing stuff like this! The color of the dress is fabulous & goes perfectly with the chambray. Plus this is the PERFECT way to wear red & green together without looking Christmas-y. Love it!!

And I absolutely second the mandatory office cocktails idea! :-)

Anonymous said...

I love knotting chambray tops - they go with everything!