Do I enjoy reading about edgy, daring looks? Sure. However, I’m really a classics girl at heart. I would rather resemble the etheral Audrey Hepburn or exude the subtle glamour of Grace Kelly, than dabble in attire that might look tired after one season. But this inclination isn’t solely about style. For me, it really comes down to versatility and frugality. I’ve spent most of my working life in an industry (TV news) that demands high-end looks, but doesn’t offer the pay to match. What’s a woman to do? Well… You learn to shop smart and strategically. You pay attention to sales, but also invest in quality items that stand the test of time. In short, you find work dresses that are work horses.
I was delighted to partner with Maggy for this post, because I’ve had a crush on this brand since my post-college days. At the time, my clothing budget was nil. However, I had a job interview and needed to feel powerful. I remember combing through store racks looking for something sophisticated and feminine. My fingers stopped on a black Maggy sheath dress with white piping around the collar. It was beautiful. It embodied the elegant, professional woman I hoped to become perfectly. And guess what? It was worth the investment! I’m STILL wearing it, more than a decade later.
I’ve added a number of Maggy London pieces to my closet since then, including this lovely lemon number and have never been disappointed. In fact, Maggy London is one of the brands I recommend to those preparing for on-camera media appearances. Maggy’s focus on updated, yet timeless silhouettes makes it easy to put your best fashion foot forward. Plus, Maggy styles are versatile! Need proof?
With just A few quick style swaps, I was able to take the Lois Midi (also available in a cream & blue shade) from daytime to date night. Before we dive into the specifics of these looks, I want to talk quickly about what to look for when you are investing in you work wardrobe. Follow these tips and you’ll snag a work dress that will serve you beautifully for years.
For the daytime look, I kept my accessories simple to allow the beautiful dress to take center stage. I paired the crepe, fully lined, cap sleeve style with a fun gingham bag (has a removable strap if you want it to carry it over your shoulder) and the sweetest little bow heels (just $35!). The shoulder and waistline detailing of the dress is so pretty, I felt like a necklace would compete. Instead, I stuck with simple earrings and my favorite watch.
You might think a springy, yellow dress can’t transition to a sassy evening-appropriate look. However, this piece really goes the distance! Pack a shoe change and great jacket and you’re ready to dash directly from the office to dinner and drinks. I used black and faux leather to add a bit of edge to the look. This flyaway jacket is great to keep on hand at work for quick changes. Isn’t it amazing how different this dress can appear when you pair it with another layer?
Photos by: Velvet Lotus Photography