Evening Wear in Chicago

by Chloe Jeffreys · 17 comments

in Aging Well, Style

Shoes-BlogHerParties, parties, parties! I realize this is truly a first world problem that nobody in their right mind would whine about in public, but I am a blogger. Whining out loud about stuff that other people never speak about is part of my job. So here it is. I went to too many parties in Chicago.

In years past, I simply wasn’t invited to very many (or any) parties, so I have to admit that this time my ego was stroked by all the invites. But in the midst of the craziness, I missed some very important things that I wish I hadn’t missed.  I also missed seeing people I really wanted to see. But I think this might have been more of a function of the dual-venue, coupled with the largeness of the McCormick Place Convention Center, than all the parties.

This isn’t High School!

To be perfectly honest, I think the private party thing triggered some of my old high school insecurities. Who doesn’t want to be sitting at the cool kids’ table in the cafeteria? I know I sure as heck wasn’t sitting there when I was in high school.

But all this traipsing around from event to event didn’t lend itself to the joy and fun you’d think it would. Lesson learned.  I’ll be watching out for this in myself next year, and be much choosier about what I spend my time doing.

One thing I was not disappointed in was the gorgeous green dress from Macy’s that I wore on Friday night.  A steal at $99, this dress has little metallic studs down the front that bring just a bit of bling to the party (or parties).  I saw a lot of maxi dresses this year, and I love that the modern cut is so feminine and flattering, and not box-like like maxis from the past.

I purchased the gladiator sandals by Marc Fisher (pictured above) years and years ago at Macy’s, and they are still going strong. I think because they hold the feet in them very securely–and therefore don’t put any undue pressure anywhere on the foot–they do not hurt like you’d think they would. Despite their 4.75″ heel, I can wear these puppies all day and all night, and I have.

So here is what I wore on Friday night, brought to you by Macy’s.

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Jodi @ A Mom Having Fun August 1, 2013 at 8:07 pm

That dress is absolutely gorgeous! I think I will have to make a trip to Macys in the near future!
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A Pleasant House August 1, 2013 at 8:46 am

I love that you blog about shoes and clothes and accessories. No- it’s not going to solve the Middle East problem- but then again…..
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daphne July 31, 2013 at 3:37 pm

love it! very flattering! (for whatever reason i have never worn high heels, but you make me want to try out a pair…. 🙂

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Chloe Jeffreys July 31, 2013 at 5:59 pm

I suggest practicing at the supermarket. You have the cart to hold onto.

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Sandra Sallin July 31, 2013 at 2:27 pm

Ahem, I notice you didn’t mention that gorgoeus dress with the Deeeeeeep decollete, no body could take there eyes off your…. Didn’t show that one did you. 🙂 Pretty spectacular lady!
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Chloe Jeffreys July 31, 2013 at 2:51 pm

I promise that one is coming. I really do love that dress. It’s designed by an American dress designer and made in the USA.

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Sheryl July 31, 2013 at 2:05 pm

Lovely! It’s fun to play dress up and go to parties…but I do agree that too many parties sucks the fun out of what is supposed to be fun. Did that make sense? Sad I missed the Chicago experience, though – hope to make it next year!
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Julie Chenell DeNeen July 31, 2013 at 1:35 pm

Hot!
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Cathy July 31, 2013 at 1:20 pm

You are just too cute for words. I don’t know why you are midlife because you still look in your thirties….!
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sisters from another mister July 31, 2013 at 12:53 pm

and you were drop dead gorgeous xxx
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rodalena July 31, 2013 at 11:48 am

Great outfit! I’m all swoony over those shoes. The maxi dress you chose is beautiful: the detail, the cut (especially the placement of the waist around the slimmest portion of the torso-Stacy and Clinton would be so proud), and the color are all lovely. I’m petite (read: short), so the maxi looks stupid on me unless I’m wearing stilts, but you wear it well!

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Heather July 31, 2013 at 11:40 am

I was sad I didn’t get a chance to actually chat with you at Blogher, but you looked spectacular at the events where we waved to one another! Congrats on those ahhhhhmazing shoes! I know you’ll sport them like a rockstar!

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Carol Cassara July 31, 2013 at 11:38 am

Absolutely a steal. Macy’s is my go-to place, too. I wore a maxi bought there last year to a BlogHer party and have been looking for some maxi dresses or skirts that would be right for India this fall…long to cover legs but also cover arms. Lightwt because of our luggage weight limit. No blue or dark colors (mosquito attractors) Frustrating search! You remind me to head off to Macy’s and check out end of season, before the wool gets in. Maybe tonight! Any other ideas?
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Marie Walker Riddle July 31, 2013 at 11:36 am

Lovely on you! 🙂

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Magnolia July 31, 2013 at 7:03 am

Love the shoes. You look beautiful.

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Kristi Campbell July 31, 2013 at 5:54 am

OOOH I love that dress! And the sandals look amazing but it’s very hard to believe that they’re comfortable with such a high heel (really???). And sigh. I should have gone to BlogHer. I didn’t realize it was going to be so awesome and party-like.
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Wendrie Heywood July 31, 2013 at 12:57 am

That top photo is lovely! Amazingly put together outfit and woman 🙂 I agree with the ‘holding the foot firmly’ theory as I have some gladiator sandals that are amazingly comfy.

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