Daily Archives: January 4, 2013

New Year, New You: Embracing the Prep

Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

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Plaid Shirt – J. Crew (similar)| Sweater – Gap (similar)| Pants – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Bandolino (similar)| Necklace – JF&A Tradeshow (similar) | Hat – Boutique in Sausalito, CA

It’s 2013, I have a closet full of new items, and I’ve decided to embrace my preppy side.  I’ve always been studious, getting straight As, beating everyone at Trivial Pursuit, reading books the way some people eat potato chips.  Over the years my personal style has ranged from wearing all black (junior high) to wearing an assortment of items that were too big or too small (high school) to basic jeans or black pants and a plain shirt.  For the past few years, though, I’ve been working on developing my personal style into what makes me feel good at work.  And I think 2013 is the year I find it:  the year of preppy.

How do I define preppy?  Tailored, classic items.  Mixing traditional patterns but keeping the silhouette professional.  And occasionally tossing in a fun and unexpected item (zebra print heels, anyone?).

This means I’ll most likely be purging my closet of items that I don’t think are “me” anymore.  Which means all the better for you if your style differs from mine since they’ll be up for sale!

I may extend my preppiness from just my clothes and look towards learning something new.  Whether that’s playing around with my camera, learning some Photoshop skills or just experimenting with different technologies I don’t know yet.  Whatever way I choose to express my prep, I’m sure by the end of 2013 we’ll have all learned something!


The IT List for January 4, 2013

Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter


  • DahliaLynne looks absolutely stunning in a vintage gold skirt and plaid for her holiday card! Love her husband’s outfit, too! (find DahliaLynne on Twitter!)
  • A Fashion Fixation has perfected her bun and looks so chic in black and white! Head over to find out what tutorial she used to create her new hair obsession! (find A Fashion Fixation on Twitter!)
  • The Second Best is whipping out her trusty Uggs for a look that is perfect to run weekend errands in! Cute and comfy? That’s a win-win! (find Second Best on Twitter!)
  • Loop Looks goes for a monochromatic look in fifty shades of gray (ok, not fifty…). Such a cute and easy outfit for the office! (find Look Looks on Twitter!)
  • My Thrifty Chic is mad for plaid and she found it in an unexpected place for next to nothing! Pop over to see how she is styling her new find and some fun pictures, too! (find My Thrifty Chic on Twitter!)
  • From Carpools to Cocktails paired sequins and cargos for a look that was casual enough for spending New Years Eve with the kids. Cute!! (find From Carpools to Cocktails on Twitter!)
  • Little Bit of Wo.We is ready for the snow in leather, tweed and fur! She has managed to be dressed up and still look cozy and warm – impressive!
  • My Confidence + Me recaps her holiday party outfit and looks stunning in light blue and lace! This one should definitely be carried over into the new year! (find My Confidence + Me on Twitter!)
  • Rose a la Mode is keeping the winter blues away by dressing up in a festive outfit complete with plaid and a little bling! So cute! (find Rose a la Mode on Twitter!)
  • Live Work Style is taking tips from her mom’s wardrobe 20 years ago and is sporting and updated version of a trend from the 80’s! Pop over to check out this cute look! (find Live Work Style on Twitter!)
  • Good Life keeps it simple in tone on tone grey and boyfriend jeans! The epitome of comfy cute! (find Good Life on Twitter!)
  • The Luxury Rehab rounds up 7 of her favorite looks from 2012 – tons of eye candy and inspiration in this post! Go check it out! (find The Luxury Rehab on Twitter!)
  • Sweetie Pie Style is shopping the new color of the year! She found tons of cute accessories in this lush color to freshen up your wardrobe! (find Sweetie Pie Style on Twitter!)
  • Second Street East is taking color inspiration from a new years resolution and turning it into an outfit and a room – such cute looks! (find Second Street East on Twitter!)
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