Lace in the Workplace

Note to Self: Go buy more jackets and stop wearing your denim jackets over EVERYTHING. Thanks.

But seriously, Kiley’s recent post seriously resonated. I think we are both serial jean jacket wearers!

I chose to dress down this emerald lace dress for work, but one of my girlfriends is actually borrowing it in a few weeks to wear to a wedding. Work day to wedding guest, now that’s what I call versatility!ย To make a lace dress office appropriate, add a casual jacket or blazer and opt for low key sandals. Pumps or sandals that are too dressy might make your ensemble look a little less work day and a bit more summer soiree. Make sure you keep in mind your office dress code, though… If open toes are off limits for you, pair your lace dress with a pair of chic ballet flats or cool oxfords instead!

PS – How fab are my DIY Jacks?! These babies started out all gold, but I painted the stitching fuchsia and added fun studs on the heels! Check out Grace’s post for more photos from the event!

gifted Ivy & Blu for Maggy Boutique Dress / Furla Candy Satchel (so many colors to choose from!) / gifted Walter Baker Denim Jacket (similar under $35 + extra 15% off with code ONEXTRA15!) / DIY Jack Rogers (similar here) / Alex & Ani Bracelets (clover + beads) / Bauble Bar Necklace / J.Crew Factory Bracelet (on sale!) / Michael Kors Watch

Photos: Hallie Wilson

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  1. 5.22.13
    Kimberly said:

    LOVE the green & pink together and I am totally with you on the jean jacket wearing…it’s become a serious problem for me too! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. 5.22.13
    Rachelle said:

    You look adorable, the dress and necklace everything is beyond pretty.


  3. 5.22.13
    Katie said:

    Nailed it! Everything about this outfit’s my fave…pink, green, denim, Jacks…id wear this everyday all summer! Love it!


  4. 5.22.13
    Shira said:

    This look is absolutely adorable. Such fun colors and love the lace with the denim jacket!

  5. 5.22.13
    AJ said:

    Beautiful dress! And it does seem super versatile! With the jean jacket, its more casual, but I can see why your friend wants to borrow it for a wedding.


  6. 5.22.13
    Olivia said:

    I can’t believe those Jack’s are DIY!! I think they might be my new favorite color combination. They look great with the green dress!

  7. 5.22.13
    Martha said:

    I love this outfit!!

  8. 5.22.13
    Dana said:

    I love this combo! Green is one of my favorite colors right now.

  9. 5.22.13
    Stacey said:

    I so wish I could wear fun things like this for work everyday, it wold make my working day so much better!


    Five Minute Styleย 

  10. 5.22.13

    Couldn’t be more obsessed with this color combo! And the mix of textures – the lace dress under a tougher denim jacket is perfection. Obvi!

    Also, figured I’d say hi to your dad here since he’ll probably read this. Hi Mr (& Mrs) S!

  11. 5.22.13
    viv said:

    Totally obsessed with the colors and the jean jacket to dress down a flirty, lace frock! Love all.

  12. 5.22.13
    Avery said:

    I’ve been eyeing that dress at Nordstrom for a while now but it’s on back order! How is the sizing??

    • 5.22.13
      Jessica Sturdy said:

      It’s true-to-size, maybe just a tad bit on the smaller side. I am wearing a 4!

  13. 5.22.13
    Lili said:

    Love the necklace! Mixing feminine lace with the more masculine jacket is such a cool contrast. xoLili

  14. 5.22.13

    YAY! I’m wearing my Furla candy bag on the blog today too! =) #twinsies

    XOXO, Jenn
    The Stylish Housewife

  15. 5.22.13
    Alyssa said:

    I have a few lace dresses that I like to try and make more work appropriate too! Usually I opt for a casual blazer, but a jean jacket is a great idea too!

  16. 5.22.13
    Kodi said:

    I love this outfit, especially your one-of-a-kind shoes! The studs on the heels were a fabulous idea.
    grey et al

  17. 5.22.13
    Helena said:

    Very cute drees!
    I love the accessories!
    You re so lovely!

  18. 5.22.13

    Such a cute dress! It will be a great summer piece! And the pink and green together is lovely!


  19. 5.22.13
    Kayla said:

    I LOVE THIS! I mean I really really do! So perfect and totally something I would wear too! Beautiful Jessica! : )


  20. 5.22.13

    I love how versatile this dress is, it looks fabulous dressed casual, and I can only imagine how great it looks with heels and without the denim jacket! The color combo is beautiful, great look!
    Smart n Snazzy

  21. 5.22.13
    Mamalina said:

    Amazing dress! I love the color!



  22. 5.22.13
    Danielle said:

    The green + pink combo is always a winner in my book!

    P.S. I have been a denim freak lately too with my jean vest… its a problem, right??!


  23. 5.22.13
    Agi said:

    This lace dress is so pretty. I love how you styled it more casual. Love the colour on you.

    Don’t forget to stop by and link up tomorrow on my Tres-Chic Fashion Thursday Link Up and enter my stella & dot giveaway.


  24. 5.22.13
    anngelik said:

    I am loving the lace dress and the pink handbag! Super cute.


  25. 5.22.13
    Amanda Perry said:

    I can’t stop wearing my denim jacket with everything too:) It just looks too cute with so many outfits!!!! Great post, thank you!

  26. 5.22.13
    Patricia said:

    sigh. love this but work appropriate? well apparently not. Just concluded my interniship. Received all outstandings with only one comment- “no more booties” a reference to my suede, wedge booties- not my posterior. I wore to an offsite a calvin klein loose silk blouse and skinny loft pants. Guys wore jeans and polos. Even though I was covered from my neck to my toes the outfit was ‘scandalous’. It is hard to transition from college wear to work appropriate and blogs and mags that make it sound as if lace and leather and most current fashion is universally accepted i the workplace are just misleading. maybe if your day job is in fashion or advertising, but not your typical fortune 500. Nevertheless, love your look and I would so love that dress- for after work.

    • 5.22.13
      Jessica Sturdy said:

      Hi Patricia,

      Interested to hear where your internship was geographically! Having to moved to New York from the Midwest, I know that dress codes are MUCH more lax here in NYC than in Chicago. Luckily for me, my day job falls into fashion/advertising category so I can get away with more fashion-forward outfits at work.

      Apologies if my blog is “misleading” in any way! I’m just dressing for my office, in the city that I live in. ๐Ÿ™‚

      I know there are a plethora of “business casual” style blogs out there that focus on more “buttoned-up” looks for work. I encourage you to check those out for style inspiration at the office!


  27. 5.22.13
    Megan said:

    That dress is gorgeous! And love your pink accents!


  28. 5.22.13
    Meg said:

    Love all of the colors!
    P.S I love the denim jacket. ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. 5.22.13
    Julia said:

    Loving that green on you, lady! And the DIY Jacks are fab ๐Ÿ™‚ You look gorge as always.

    Lemon Stripes

  30. 5.22.13

    Love love loveeee this dress, needs to get in my closet asap. You look adorable and I’m loving your DIY JR’s, how presh and such a fun idea they put together for you girls!


  31. 5.22.13
    Chelsea said:

    This lace dress is so perfect for the Spring/Summer transition period and I love that you could either dress it up or dress it down. Great look Jessica!

    Chelsea & The City

  32. 5.22.13
    Rose said:

    Love the bit of pink in your necklace-it pops with your bag!

  33. 5.22.13

    thanks for the shout-out, lady! xx

  34. 5.22.13

    and loooove that outfit!

  35. 5.22.13
    Marissa said:

    Seriously, I have a jacket problem too – although not denim yet but I’m sure that’s just right around the corner for me. Loving the pop of pink! xox

  36. 5.22.13
    Mariana said:

    Talk about versatility!!

    Not to mention the colors you chose! You look amazing!

    I want this dress!!



  37. 5.22.13
    Olivia J. said:

    Great summer bag. I just saw that the other day.
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  38. 5.22.13
    Kate said:

    I’m so guilty of this too – I want to pair my denim jacket with everything! Actually hoping to get a denim jacket in a different wash so that I can at least mix up my denim! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Loving it over the lace dress!

  39. 5.23.13
    kiley said:

    nothing wrong with a little jean jacket devotion! hey – we just know they go with everyyyything! looking darling lady!


  40. 5.23.13
    Whitney said:

    SUPER cute! Love the colors!

    XX from Holland – Whitney

  41. 5.23.13
    Marta said:

    I love lace and your dress is absolutely fantastic!
    Very cute look ๐Ÿ™‚
    Rgds from Dublin