What I’ve Been Wearing Lately

Daily Outfits Chicago March

I really want to be publishing these ‘What I Wore’ posts on a weekly basis, but it just has not been happening. I had an assistant in-and-out of my apartment last summer when I launched this What I Wore series, so I had an extra set of hands around to snap a quick picture on my phone! Since I’ve been back in Chicago this year, the truth is I just don’t see people a lot of days, or at least not anyone I feel comfortable asking to take a picture. (Can you imagine, after a business meeting, “Hey, would you mind stepping outside snapping a photo of my outfit?” 😂 Not a chance. Same goes for whomever is at the coffee shop I’m at, etc.)

I’ve been trying to snap a mirror pic some days, but it’s totally backlit where my only full-length mirror sits. When I have the time, I’ve been sliding my mirror over in front of my door just to take a picture, but it’s just an added step before I get out the door.

I have the perfect spot in my living room for another floor length mirror, but I’ve been hesitant to buy any home decor, as I’ll most likely be moving at the end of my lease this summer. You never know what will work in your next space and I haven’t wanted to waste money on another mirror that may not fit at my next apartment. So we’ll see… I might just suck it up and buy one and hope for the best. Or I might just moved my mirror out of my bedroom (even though it’s perfect in there) and into the living room to better facilitate these posts.

Anyway, that’s a very long-winded explanation for why these posts haven’t been as frequent as I would have liked. However, you all express so much interest in these types of “real life” style posts, so I jut wanted to keep you in the loop! I hear you, and I’m workin’ on making them a regular thing again.

Chicago sunrise from 360 Chicago observatory at the Hancock building

February 13, 2009  |  Daybreaker at 360 Chicago

Coca Cola Hat  |  Topshop Red Crop Top  |  Lululemon Leggings  |  Under Armour Bomber Jacket (also available in black!)  |  Kim + Zozi Glitter High Tops (old; similar splurge & similar save)

Bows & Sequins styling a gucci belt with a pleated skirt and over the knee boots.

February 21, 2019  |  Meetings, Work Event, Dinner

J.Crew Turtleneck Bodysuit (similar here)  |  Gucci Belt  |  Metallic Pleated Skirt (purchased in Paris a few years ago; similar here)  |  Black Opaque Tights  |  Black Over-the-Knee Boots

See this skirt styled more ways on the blog here & here!

Bows & Sequins wearing an MDN sweatshirt, rag & bone skinny jeans, and Marc Fisher ankle booties.

February 22, 2019  |  Going to get a HydraFacial

Demain Sweater  |  rag & bone Raw Hem Skinny Jeans  |  Marc Fisher Booties (also on sale here in more sizes!)

See this sweater on the blog previously here!

Target leopard print bikini top and high waist high leg swimsuit bottoms

February 23  |  Trying on a swimsuit order…

Leopard Print Bikini Top  |  High-Waisted Bikini Bottoms

(In the photo, I’m wearing a small on top. I’ve since returned for a medium and it fits perfectly! Also wearing a medium on the bottom.)

Target navy and white gingham tie-front bikini top and high waist bottoms

February 23  |  Trying on a swimsuit order…

Navy Gingham Bikini Top*  |  High Waisted Gingham Bottoms*

*also available in green, black, and red!

(In the photo, I’m wearing a small on top. I’ve since returned for a medium and it fits perfectly! Also wearing a medium on the bottom.)

Bows & Sequins wearing a scuba-knit turtleneck sweatshirt from Lululemon.

February 23, 2019  |  Going to workout…

Lululemon Scuba Turtleneck (old; last seen on the blog here — similar style here!)

Bows & Sequins wearing a colorful striped sweater with skinny jeans, cognac ankle booties, and a pom-pom hat.

March 4, 2019  |  Event at the Peninsula Chicago

1901 Cashmere Sweater  |  rag & bone Raw Hem Skinny Jeans  |  Madewell Leather Belt  |  Yves Salomon Beanie (old; similar here)  |  Canada Goose Coat  |  Corso Como Ankle Booties (old; similar here)

See this sweater styled on the blog here and here!

Chicago blogger Jessica Sturdy in front of Greetings from Chicago mural at Heritage Bicycles in Lakeview.

March 19, 2019  |  Working from Heritage Bicycles after Lagree

Old Navy Puffer Coat  |  Scuba Hoodie  |  Lululemon x SoulCycle Leggings  |  Tretorn Sneakers  |  Le Specs Aviators

Bows & Sequins wearing a black and white striped turtleneck tee, Mott & Bow mom jeans, and a Gucci belt with sock booties with a clear heel.

Bows & Sequins wearing a pearl beanie, striped turtleneck, Gucci belt, light wash mom jeans, and lucite heel booties.

March 21, 2019  |  Meetings

J.Crew Tissue Turtleneck  |  Mott & Bow Mom Jeans  |  Gucci Belt  |  Steve Madden Booties (old; identical here)  |  Fringe Hoop Earrings  |  Nordstrom Pearl Beanie (old; similar here)  |  RxBar (half-eaten, in-hand 😂)

Bows & Sequins wearing a Pardon My French tee.

March 23, 2019  |  Testing my new mirror situation… 🤪

J.Crew Pardon My French Sweatshirt (old; obsessed with this new one!)  |  Uniqulo Jogger Sweatpants

Bows & Sequins styling a leopard print By Malene Birger coat with a leopard belt.

Bows & Sequins styling a black and gold Gucci belt with a leopard print coat.

Bows & Sequins styling a long leopard coat by Malene Birger and a Gucci belt with black ripped jeans.

March 24, 2019  |  Brunch at Etta

By Malene Birger Leopard Coat (old; similar here & here)  |  Old Navy Turtleneck (old; similar here)  |  Gucci Belt  |  One Teaspoon Jeans  |  Sandro Velvet Bow Slides (old; similar here & here)  |  Fringe Hoop Earrings  |  Black & Gold Aviators (old; similar here & here)


Andddd I’ve got a little bonus for you!

How to Pack Away Bigger Carry-On Luggage

What I Packed for India

I never meant for these photos to see the light of day, but when I’m packing for a trip, I always try everything on (amidst the packing tornado) and take a quick picture and save them to a folder on my phone. That way when I’m on the trip, I remember exactly what I have to work with and how I want to wear things. Trying everything on beforehand helps me to pack way less, too! I’m able to see how many times I’m wearing a certain pair of shoes, if it’s worth bringing them, etc.

When I was going through my phone to compile all of the outfits I documented over the last month, I found these and figured I’d share!

seersucker pants outfit

Mott & Bow Tee  |  Vineyard Vines Seersucker Pants  |  Kenneth Cole Heels

seersucker pants cropped tee outfit

Everlane Cropped Tee  | Vineyard Vines Seersucker Pants  |  Target Woven Mules

ruffled wrap dress

Vineyard Vines Dress  | Kenneth Cole Heels

scalloped tank top with white jeans outfit

Vineyard Vines Scalloped Top  |  Old Navy White Jeans  | Kenneth Cole Heels

blue and white maxi dress

Vineyard Vines Maxi  |  Old Navy Sandals

black and white gingham dress

Vineyard Vines Gingham Dress  |  Kenneth Cole Heels

White Denim Skirt and Stan Smiths Outfit

Gap Navy Tee  |  Vineyard Vines White Denim Skirt (old; similar here & here)  |  Stan Smiths  |  Gucci Crossbody

White Denim Skirt Outfit

Gap Black Tee  | Vineyard Vines White Denim Skirt (old; similar here & here)  |  Woven Circle Bag  |  Old Navy Sandals

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  1. 3.26.19
    LuAnn said:

    You need a good photographer. I can see you have a beautiful built but the picture doesn’t give you justice. I am a fan and also a fan of NotJessFashion, check her out. I am not promoting her but she had a post about boggers that you may use it as a reference.

    • 3.26.19
      Jessica said:

      Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment, LuAnn! I’m assuming you might be new around here, so I figured I’d explain this series at bit. You can read the full post here (https://bowsandsequins.com/2018/05/28/what-i-wore-last-week-1/), but the whole point of these “What I Wore Last Week” posts is to NOT use a photographer. These posts are all about #RealLife, and I’m pretty sure all of us don’t have a photographer following us around on the daily.

      For all of my style posts shot with my professional photographer, just scope the “Style” category of my blog: https://bowsandsequins.com/category/style/

  2. 3.27.19
    Katy said:

    This is a great post and I always get the most inspiration from this series so love to see it pop up in my inbox! Thank you ❤

  3. 5.16.19

    Black opaque tights are a staple for anyones wardrobe.