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One of the things that I try to do is wear my clothing items differently.  That isn’t something that is necessarily intuitive but having this blog helps to challenge me.  Not to mention that having the photographic evidence how I wore a certain dress or blouse or skirt makes it easy to see what I’ve done before and push myself towards something different.

Take this collared polka dot dress, for instance.  Here are several ways that I have styled it in the past:

I’ve done a magenta sweater over the dress and a magenta cardigan worn open.  I’ve done it with a black blazer and black tights, a dark wash denim jacket and black riding boots, and I’ve also worn it without any topper– once by accenting with a skinny magenta belt and once with a purple belt.  I’ve styled it other ways before, too, but this is just a sampling.  This time around I went with a burgundy cardigan, the fabric belt it came with, a long pendant necklace, gold watch, and black ballet flats.

I would have loved to have worn my burgundy peep toe pumps but with being 5.5 months pregnant I’m just not that worried about picking the cutest shoes and sacrificing comfort.  Today was the first day that one of my students dared to ask if I am pregnant.  They don’t know me very well but I am not easily offended.

-Carla

Last Wednesday I wore this abstract printed dress for the second day of class.  I had thought about wearing my silver mary janes but since we are moving they were not easily accessible– my black ballet flats were, however.  In these photo’s I’m not wearing much in the way of jewelry– again, due to everything being packed away.  Luckily (weirdly) I had a pair of earrings in my car that I put on before class along with my silver watch.  I did something slightly different with the belt on this dress, too.  The front has a faux belt buckle with two leather flaps and a silver buckle.  I wrapped the fabric portion of the tie belt up and over the disguise the buckle and then instead of tying it in a bow, just knotted it and let the ends hang to provide a more vertical and slimming line.

Lol.  It’s strange to talk about things that might look slimming when you’re pregnant.  I don’t believe that my students know that I am 5 1/2 months pregnant.  In the two outfits that I’ve worn it’s been hard to tell and it hasn’t exactly come up in conversation, yet.  It’s not that I’m trying to keep it from them it’s just not time to tell them yet.  I’ll let us get to know each other better and then I’ll probably wear something that highlights the bump more and address it head on.

I did receive two compliments from students on this outfit.  One woman I passed in the hallway said “you look nice,” and one of my students commented to the same effect.  The compliment from my student may have just been for brownie points but I’m still counting it!

Here are a few other ways that I’ve styled this dress before:

Have a safe and happy Labor Day!

-Carla

Whelp, here we are again– on the precipice of Fall 2017.  This week is what my college calls Start-Up Week.  I’ve talked about it before but essentially it is a week full of meetings, lectures, and preparation for the upcoming semester.  Bright and early on Monday morning the president of our college addresses the faculty and staff that attend.  Sometimes there are mini-presentations from the provost and/or deans of departments, but not always.  It’s a great way to give everyone an update of where we are on important objectives and goals for the upcoming semester and ease everyone back in to the swing of things.  I would say about 80% of people are off for the Summer.  I always try to attend the Start-Up meeting, division meeting, and department meetings if they align with my schedule.  This year, I am only able to attend the Start-Up meeting since this is a busy week for me in other arena’s.

This year I went with this floral faux-wrap dress.  I thought that it would work really well with the growing baby bump, be professional, and comfortable.  I was right about some of those things!  It did accommodate the bump and it is professional but I’m not sure that I would agree with comfortable.  I layered a purple sleeveless top underneath and accessorized with purple bead earrings, an oversized gold watch, and dark purple ballet flats.  It’s crazy to me that I don’t think that I look pregnant in this dress.  I was a tad self-conscious because I felt that I looked like I had spent the Summer eating one too many bon-bons as opposed to looking radiantly pregnant with my first child.  Oh well.  Them’s the breaks, kid.

Here are other ways that I’ve worn this same dress in the past:

In the top row: I’ve added my royal blue blazer a few times, a burgundy cardigan and grey sweater tights.  In the middle row: A black cardigan or blazer twice, once with purple tights and twice with grey boots.  The last row: Twice I’ve gone simple with a colored cami underneath, nude hose and silver/grey shoes.  Surprisingly, I’ve either never worn this with a grey cardigan or blazer or I just don’t have pictures to prove it.  Also, I could totally throw a jean jacket over top of this dress and wear it with short tan booties or brown riding boots.  With so many colors in the print this dress has lots of remix possibilities and will be in heavy rotation this Fall.

Yesterday, to work I wore another flowered dress.  Sadly, I didn’t do a great job at focusing the camera and the pictures aren’t as crisp and sharp as I’d like them to be, but I still wanted to share the outfit with you.

I wore this flowered maxi-dress.  This time around, I highlighted the pinks with a hot pink/magenta cardigan and then to add some additional interest and appeal I went with gold sparkly ballet flats, gold watch, and gold earrings even though silver feels like the most natural choice to me with the greys in the pattern.  Here are a few other ways I’ve worn this dress in the past:

I feel like I’ve worn this dress a ton more, but there were no other pictures!  As you can see, I frequently accent my waist by adding a belt to this dress– in the top row I’ve done a skinny silver belt, a wide cognac belt, and a grey belt.  I’ve also tried lots of different shoes– black espadrilles, nude pumps, blue pumps, and brown ballet flats.  Because the dress is sleeveless, to make it work-appropriate I have to add something over top and I’ve gone with a denim jacket, grey cardigan, and pink sweater.  I know for a fact that I’ve also worn my short-sleeved royal blue cardigan over this dress, too.

Thanks for reading,

-Carla