Hot looks for Chicago’s crazy spring temps

The month of May is one of the most unpredictable for weather, and since we live in the Midwest, that’s saying quite a bit. The average daytime temperature ranges from 45 to 74 degrees, so how the heck can you dress for that mess?

Here are my top tips on staying comfy and chic while dealing with the Midwest weather debacle.

The maxi dress

A maxi dress is one of the most versatile pieces in my wardrobe. It has taken me a while to find the perfect silhouette for my lifestyle of chasing preschoolers, but I finally nailed it.

Make sure there isn’t too much billowing fabric—and if it is fairly straight cut, you need slits in order to move.

For those chilly days, wear knee-high boots and add leggings. Layer a denim jacket over the dress and accessorize with a scarf or felt fedora.

If the weather is on the high end of the temperature spectrum, shed your layers and pop on a pair of gladiator sandals, spectacular sunnies and head out the door.

Style tip: Although pockets in dresses seem like the best invention since dry shampoo, they can add bulk to the hip and thigh area. Sew them shut and cut out the extra material if they are adding padding.

The lacy camisole

Who remembers wearing slips under their dresses when they were younger? (Did I just date myself?) Now slips or lacy camisoles are meant to be seen instead of hiding underneath your clothes, but you can’t go walking around in lingerie when the temperatures are barely above freezing.

For the chilly days, add a long, cozy cardigan, fleece-lined leggings and cute rubber rain boots.

Have a steamy date night? Wear the cami alone tucked into a slim sequined skirt and pair with open-toe booties.

Style tip: Sequins work for daytime AND nighttime! Pair a sequined skirt with a graphic T-shirt and flats for an upscale around-town outfit.

The button down shirt

Most people own a button down shirt in some shape or form. You can style this staple in an unlimited number of ways, whether it’s a bold gingham or basic white.

Time to break out those white jeans and wear your button down messily tucked into the waistband—the goal is off-duty style here! My favorite way to wear a button down when temps hit the 70s is to tuck it into a high-waisted midi skirt and pair with coordinating medium heeled shoes. Roll the sleeves up and say hello to the sunshine!

P.S. All items in the photos are under $100! Proof that you don’t have to break the bank to stay stylish.

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