Dress Code, Smess Code


As soon as I hear the phrase "dress code" I immediately cringe. The idea of adhering to a dress code just might be my kryptonite. In fact, I was always so grateful that I didn't have to wear a uniform to school. Just the thought of that was too much to bear. Wait, maybe I shouldn't be revealing all this...but seriously, unless we are talking about a work dress code, (which you already know we wholeheartedly respect at Kyndafly), dress codes should be loose and perhaps looked at as more of a "guideline." 

Ever since I can remember, I've never wanted to be a carbon copy of my peers. I would always seek out shoes that I felt NO ONE else would wear. And I found great pleasure when in fact, no one at my school had the same pair as me, it was a total "Victory" (in my Johnny Drama voice). But, don't get me wrong, I'll play along to a particular theme or follow the same overall trends as my peers, but I'm likely going to throw in my own personal twist, making the look uniquely mine. 

So, be warned, I'm probably going to show up to your "All White Party" in a bold and dynamic color (possibly matched with something white), because, thug life. And because, if we're all wearing white, we may as well opt for uniforms, and wants to live in that nightmare? Not me. I've always preferred to stand out, and explicit dress codes just don't allow for uniqueness. Therefore, unless it's work or you know, someone is footing the bill for the evening, I can't resist the urge to go all rebellious and go against the dress code. How do y'all feel about dress codes? 

Leggings As Pants ... At Work? Nah


Ladies, ladies, ladies, we need to have a talk. I want you to really pay attention to the words you’re about to read. Leggings are not appropriate for work. I repeat, leggings are not appropriate for work. Here’s the thing; that should really be a no brainer, but the way many companies have relaxed dress code standards, leggings have slipped in under the radar, offering obvious comfort in the workplace. 

And comfort at work isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but we as a people, or gender have pushed it too far. Alas, I’m here to help! Because, there’s really a simple rule to help you decide if your clothes are work appropriate. If you’d wear it to the club or gym, then you shouldn’t wear it to work, unless of course you work at a club or gym. But, you know, I’m an understanding person and can see how we got to this place. We work hard, put in long hours and some days getting dressed in the morning is more of a challenge then we’d like. And it can be so easy to throw on your favorite, comfy pair of leggings and keep it moving. But, we HAVE to fight the urge, for so many reasons. The most important being that leggings do not look professional. No matter if you are allowed to wear jeans on the daily (I am), leggings as pants just don't work for the office. And really, this Chicago weather just doesn’t really accommodate wearing leggings, because there’s no way you not freezing in your leggings as pants ensemble. So, I beg of you to challenge yourself in the mornings and rely on actual pants and skirts and dresses to inspire a work look that will not only ensure you are hitting high level chic-ness, but also gives you the confidence you need to tackle your work day!

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Winter Is Coming (okay, winter is here) ...


Chicago, let’s face it, winter is coming. Pun intended. Seriously though, winter’s return is eminent. One thing we can ALWAYS count on in Chicago, is winter will most assuredly come. I mean, let's face it, winter is here, already, in November. Despite all the hubbub about Chicago summers, we cannot actually count on summer to show itself. I’m still waiting on Summer 2014 to fully show up. But just because winter is coming (in my best Game of Thrones accent) doesn’t mean our fashion has to suffer during the long, dark days of winter. We can still look Kyndafly. And let’s admit it, dressing in the fall/winter can be fun! Chunky sweaters, leather jackets, cords, tights, boots, yes…Boots! And when the winter weather takes it up a notch with slush and snow, Sorel has the fashionistas in us covered. Check out the Medina II, a winter boot so chic, I’d wear it even if there’s no snow in sight. So ladies, the next time a winter storm threatens your night out on the town, look no further than this awesome work of art from Sorel!

Because, let's face it, before we know it, it will be looking like this, and we may as well be cute when we're out in it.

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And if you’re also looking for a traditional pair of snow boots, Sorel has a rather decent selection to choose from.

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