Working With Style {Dresses, Accessories, and Thrifting}

Hey everyone my name is Jenn and I blog over at >Pdx Momma. I am a full time working mom in HR and a photographer in all my spare time (sarcasm font). It’s taken some serious time to figure out my style, especially being a plus sized gal who doesn’t make a ton of money. Options can be limited, but I have finally figured out what works for me and how to afford it!

Getting out of the house in the morning is never fun as we all know and especially when you throw a toddler into the mix who also needs to get dressed, food in his belly, and out the door (with my husband thank goodness). One of the tricks I found for simplifying clothing options is a painfully obvious one. Dresses. With a dress you are only worrying about 1 piece of clothing. You’re not worrying, “does this top look good with these pants?” I probably wear a dress to work at a minimum of 3 times a week. I have only recently started adding in skirts as well cause they are not as simple.

My favorite dresses are with sleeves so that I do not even have to think about a cardigan, but in the PNW it’s cardigan season pretty much all year so I also have a stock pile of every color and sleeve length imaginable. I also rock some awesome spanx under my dresses Winter and Summer!

My next style trick I learned last year to stop being afraid of. Belts. Now belts are not for everyone, but if you have a natural waist at all (not apple shaped) then belts not only add in a fun accessory, but can be super flattering. I have also been able to buy a dress a size up that I found on super sale and belted it to make it work (see top left, below). It never hurts to accentuate the smallest part of your body!

Speaking of accessories. Since I do not have a huge wardrobe (compared to many I know) I switch things up with accessories quite a bit to stretch my outfit options. That striped dress on the top left made into a skirt with that shirt on top and statement is a good example.

OK last secret. Thrifting. Goodwill is your friend. See all those dresses… 90% are from Goodwill and all were under $10. The belts are all from GW and probably $3-4 a piece. Cardigans are expensive on their own and with as many as I need/have thrifting is the only option. Don’t even get me started on shoes!! Ross and TJ Maxx are both a block from my work and that’s super dangerous, but I also score big from them since I can pop in so often and raid the clearance racks. For work options I try and pick things that can go from Summer-Winter and always “work appropriate” of course. My office doesn’t have casual Friday so I am dressing up 5 days a week. Thrifting takes time and I am aware of that, but trust me it’s worth it!

I hope I have inspired you to try dresses and maybe belts more often… and if you are not already trying second hand clothing then do it! I hope to see your looks on Instagram (#officefashionshow and #workingwithstyle) very soon! If you wanna follow along on Instagram/Twitter you can look for the hashtag #officefashionshow and #workingwithstyle my handle on both sites is @oskarsmomma.

Now it’s your turn to link up your Working With Style post! I can’t wait to check them out.  The linky will work for the whole week so there’s time all week to link up.

photo(39)Jenn lives in rainy hipster filled Portland, OR with her husband, (almost) 3 year old Oskar, and rescue mutt Oden. She works full time as an HR Manager and runs a successful photography business in all her “free time.” She likes honesty, a well composed photo, and things that should’t make her laugh… but do. You can find her blogging at Pdx Momma and on IG and Twitter as @oskarsmomma.


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