What I Wore Last Week

Chicago lifestyle influencer Bows & Sequins shares her daily outfits for summer 2024.

The past two weeks were packed with plans… From a good friend’s wedding weekend with a black-tie celebration at Chicago’s Field Museum to the 4th of July’s many festivities, Dave’s birthday, a Cubs game, and a Girls’ Night Out. So much fun!! But I have to admit, I’m looking forward to a week of R&R and getting back on track with work and my health & fitness goals, too!

LA DoubleJ Roy Dress

Chicago influencer Bows & Sequins wearing a one-shoulder floral gown by LA Double Jay to a black-tie wedding in June.

I wore this silk one-shoulder dress to a friend’s Black-Tie wedding at the Field Museum in Chicago and received so many compliments! It was a very hot and humid day in Chicago so this breezy caftan-like dress was a dream to wear because I didn’t have to worry about Spanx. I wore my hair up in a low bun because of said humidity and accessorized with simple heels and affordable accessories. I’m all about that high-low mix! PS: I found this dress on Rent the Runway, too.

Jessica Sturdy wearing a one-shoulder floral gown by LA Double Jay to a black-tie wedding at the Field Museum in Chicago.

Ulla Johnson Ruched Dress

I wore this dress out to dinner at Charlie Martin’s in Chicago (which is a cute little date-night spot in River North) before the wedding welcome party. This dress is very lightweight and breathable, which makes for a great summer wedding guest dress. You can find it here in a brighter teal pattern, too!

Pink Puff-Sleeve Top

Chicago influencer Bows & Sequins wearing a pink puff-sleeve peplum top with straight leg jeans and scrappy white heels.

I wore this outfit for a fun girls’ night out! We started with drinks at Volo Wine Bar in my neighborhood and then went downtown for dinner at La Serre in the West Loop.

I’m *obsessed* with this peplum puff-sleeve top! You can’t really see them in my photos, but there are very subtle cut-outs on each side of the waist that give it a very flattering ruching-effect at the front. I’ve since bought it in both of the other colors: black and white! It’s a very breathable cotton-poplin fabric that’s machine-washable and perfect for summer. Best of all? It’s only $24.

Ralph Lauren Flag Sweater

Chicago stylist wearing a Ralph Lauren navy flag sweater with AGOLDE jeans and Schutz sandals for the 4th of July weekend.

There’s nothing I love more than breaking out my Ralph Lauren flag sweater this time of year! It’s so hard to find in stock, as it sells out immediately every year. I tried both the Large and the Medium because I love an oversized fit, and went with the Medium. It’s perfectly cozy!

You can shop the iconic sweater in navy here and here. You can shop the sweater in ivory here and here. You can also find it in light blue here. And for less expensive options, try this one from Tuckernuck ($248) or this one from Hollister ($50).

Fourth of July Outfits

I didn’t do a great job capturing my 4th of July outfits over the long holiday weekend, but here’s a little snapshot!

White Eyelet Dress

Chicago bridal influencer wearing a white lace midi dress by Tuckernuck.

Cubs Game Outfit

Chicago influencer wearing AGOLDE jeans with a white Abercrombie tee and red sunglasses for a Cubs game.

For Dave’s birthday, I got us tickets to the Catalina Club at Wrigley Field, which was such a fun way to watch a game! Sadly, the Cubs lost that night, but we made the most of it. With the club seats, food and drink are included with your ticket. Doors open two hours before the first pitch and the bar stays open for 30 minutes after the game ends. The food was really good, too! There’s a grill outside on the private terrace where you can get ballpark food, but inside there was a buffet with great salads, salmon, steak, etc. You get a VIP entrance for the club seats and a private bathroom, too. Highly recommend for a special occasion! (Also, the seats are only sold as season tickets so you have to buy them on StubHub.)

For the Office

Chicago blogger wearing a sleeveless sweater, trouser shorts, and tweed ballet flats to the office.
2024 Chicago bride Jessica Sturdy wearing a white lace midi dress with Hermes dupe sandals and a small straw tote.

AGOLDE Mara Barrel Jeans

Chicago stylist wearing AGOLDE Mara Horseshoe jeans with a draped sweater and chocolate brown mesh flats.

I wore this outfit out to dinner with friends in our neighborhood the night before Dave’s birthday! I’ve been so impressed with how comfortable these Mary Jane flats are… I’ve worn them a lot and they’ve yet to give me a blister!

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