button up

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Hey everyone! Happy early Fourth of July! Wishing everyone a safe weekend filled with fun, reverence, and reflection! As you can clearly see, this post does not have a spot of red, white, and blue (the wall counts, right?). Instead, I wanted to spotlight one of my wardrobe essentials that is versatile for various seasons and occasions. I am also putting together more warm weather outfit guides in the next couple weeks.

Those of you who are familiar with my InstaStories have seen this black pinafore-styled dress quite frequently as of late. Made of a lightweight material, it’s breathable and comfortable while remaining substantially opaque. The midi length and defined waist are just modest enough for casual and professional settings. My favorite part, you guessed it, are the BUTTONS. The criss-cross back with a “V” that leads to a row of buttons is such as sweet (and slimming!) detail.

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For this look, I kept it casual with a crew neck tee and rolled up the sleeves to balance the look. I wore printed, pointy-toed flats to edge it up a bit. I have also switched the flats out for some good ol’ Chucks as well.

Because I work in the medical profession, a dress would not be appropriate for my workplace. However, for those who work in an office, this would be a sweet addition. Instead of a white tee, I would wear a collared shirt buttoned all the way up…preferably a blue and white vertical striped one. A fitted knit top would also be suitable as well. Add a pair of pumps and vintage baubles and you’re good to go.

For cooler weather, wear a long-sleeved shirt and layer with a vest. For warmer weather, forgo additional layers altogether and opt for the dress solo.

Every person has a different body type, style, and budget so perhaps this EXACT dress may not work for you. However, the principles of this wardrobe essential are 1) comfortable in fit and length 2) can be layered 3) can be dressed up or down 4) black (for me, this is a color that complements my wardrobe).

What are your wardrobe essentials? What is something that you wear over and over again?

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Dress: Anthropologie  Tee: Boutique  Shoes: Target

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