Inspiration Monday: Plaid and a Skirt

Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

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Shirt – J. Crew (similar) | Tank – The Limited (similar) | Skirt – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Via Spiga (similar) | Long necklace – The Limited (similar) | Short necklace – gift

Get excited!  You’re going to be treated to some indoor shots this week!  Yes, I took all my outfit photos on one day and that day happened to be cold and rainy.  On the plus side, I think we’ve figured out some new indoor photo spots.

In addition to having to negotiate where to take today’s pictures, I also had to think long and hard about what to actually wear.  See, this is today’s Inspiration Monday photo:

Original Inspiration: Drew Barrymore

Well, it certainly is interesting.  And I do have both a plaid flannel shirt (obviously) and several maxi dresses.  But I just couldn’t figure out how to make my maxi dresses work appropriate.  Or maybe I wasn’t in the mood to try very hard.  So I went with the easy option: a pencil skirt.  However, I did incorporate some pattern mixing with the plaid flannel shirt and the pinstripes on the skirt.

Would you wear a maxi dress to work?  I’ve done it in the past but that was during the summer when our dress code is a little bit more relaxed.




27 replies on “Inspiration Monday: Plaid and a Skirt

  1. kilax

    Love the indoor shot! The lighting is really good. I am excited to see the rest!

    Oh Drew 😉 I don’t think I have a maxi dress. It does sound nice for the summer though! 🙂

  2. Bethany @ Accidental Intentions

    Well, for what it’s worth, I like your outfit a lot more than Drew Barrymore’s, anyway. I’m not really a fan of maxi dresses in general, and while I think I might be able to tolerate a maxi dress + plaid shirt if the dress were plain…not so sure how I feel about the double pattern business going on there.

  3. Jessi

    Wow you did really good with this one! I love what you came up with. I sat this one out because I couldn’t think of any version of this I would like. But you did it! I love this.

  4. Carrie

    I really like the plaid and pencil skirt together! Glad I’m not the only one who didn’t go the maxi dress route … and now you’ve inspired me to pair my plaid with my pencil skirt soon. 🙂

  5. Katie of Alaskan Weredork

    Whoa, this would be a tricky look to pull off. Drew just always does her own thing and she’s pretty awesome for it but her style is hard to pull off. (Yikes, that’s just a lot of look.) I think you went the smart route and took the inspiration for the laid shirt, I love this shirt! (The green and blackish plaid is so pretty.)

    What a great place for pictures! The light looks pretty good and it’s got to be way warmer than going outside! (Plus, it looks sorta cool and stuff.)

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      Thankfully my hubby has figured out some different ways to play with the ISO on our camera to help out with indoor shots. Which is good since the weather has not been cooperating (too much wind, rain, etc).

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      Long skirts remind me of high school and college and maxi dresses definitely remind me of summer! Although, I have worn my black maxi dress with a blazer so maybe I could make it work for winter…

  6. Emily

    I’m not a fan of Drew’s look – it’s just too much. I like your version much better! I’m not into maxi dresses, period, and don’t think I’ll ever wear one to work. They make me think of swimsuit coverups for the beach!

  7. Kandi

    I don’t really care for Drew’s look but yours is very nice.
    Way before maxi dresses were in style, I owned one that I used to pair with a blazer to wear to my retail job. Ha! I used to dress really nice to sell vacuum cleaners and computers. In fact, I often dressed more professional than I do to my current office job.

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      I go entire days when I don’t really see anyone else in my current office job. Those are the days when I don’t know why I have to get so dressed up! Thankfully I have you all to show off to 🙂

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