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Inspiration Monday: Patterned Black and White

Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

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Sweater – The Limited (similar)| Skirt – The Limited (similar) | Booties – Liz Claiborne via DSW (similar) | Necklace – The Limited (similar) | Scarf – H&M via Poshmark (similar) | Jacket – ZARA

Today’s Inspiration Monday is adorable and one I could have recreated much more faithfully by wearing my skinny black pants and a different scarf.  But, I’ve had this houndstooth pencil skirt in my closet for a month or so and thought it was the perfect time to wear it.  Why?

Original Inspiration: Blake Lively

The pattern on Blake’s scarf isn’t houndstooth but the fact that she has on an all-black outfit with a touch of pattern in one piece just screamed out for me to wear my houndstooth skirt.  And pair it with my new ZARA moto jacket.

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Also, I’m loving the juxtaposition of the preppy houndstooth pattern with the rockstar look of the moto jacket.  Wearing it with my black skinny pants would have been just a bit too expected, I think.  Not bad.  I love Blake’s look. Just, you know, I wanted to bring a bit of my preppy side into the equation!

Do you like Blake’s outfit?  How would you interpret it?

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21 replies on “Inspiration Monday: Patterned Black and White

  1. kilax

    Ooo, I do like Blake’s big scarf but I like your outfit better. My sister wore her houndstooh cardi that I gave her today! 🙂

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      I just wish it was warm enough for me to wear just this jacket on its own. I had to layer my red trench over the top so I didn’t freeze while waiting for the train this morning.

  2. Kandi

    This reminded me that I have a houndstooth skirt almost exactly like that (I think it’s banana republic) and haven’t worn it yet this winter! I know what I’m wearing to work tomorrow.

      1. Kandi

        I’ll either go with a black top like you or red. Most likely red. I really like the red/black/white combo. I’ll probably wear my black boots too.

  3. Emily

    I love your outfit, it is classy and elegant and sexy all at the same time! I really like wearing shoes that are the same color as our tights, too, because I think it makes our legs look longer.

    When you have a chance, I have a purple-and-gold scarf and would love any new ideas on how to wear it! It’s a deep purple, like a plum-color. Thanks!

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      Totally with you on wearing shoes that match the tights! I really dislike being cut off at the ankle.

      Do you have a picture of the scarf? Or can you find something similar online?

  4. Suburban Style Challenge

    I’d wear Blake’s outfit as is, haha, no surprise there. I really like your take on it though. Very chic and unexpected. And I totally dig that skirt! I also really like the polka dots with it.

  5. kelsey

    I normally don’t like ankle booties with skirts but I actually like this. I think it’s because of the black tights.
    LOVE!

  6. Katie of Alaskan Weredork

    Ooooh, it’s the new leather jacket! I love it with the hounds-tooth skirt, it is a little more unexpected and the booties with the dark tights keep the edgy look going. I just completely love this outfit, it looks so cozy and winter-ish and the patterned skirt just adds so much visual interest.

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