Inspiration Monday – The Printed Shirt

Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

red-polka-dots-black-pants red and white polka dots with black dress pants 2013-02-02 12.35.19

Cardigan – The Limited (similar) | Top – The Limited (similar)| Pants – The Limited (similar)| Shoes – Sole Society | Necklace – (similar)

This week’s Inspiration Monday photo features an adorable printed shirt with a simple pair of jeans.  Or maybe they’re black pants.  Your call.

Inspiration Photo Source

Regardless, I realized that I do not own a long-sleeved printed shirt that fit the bill.  Although The Limited has some seriously adorable ones.

the limited graphic print shirt

But, I do not need to purchase a shirt just to create an inspiration look. Nope. I have a wonderful printed shirt that I recently received for my birthday.  And although it’s a short-sleeved top, just pair with cardigan and it’s perfect for winter.

I also had this top on with my super-skinny black pants but it felt too casual for work.  So, bootcut black pants it is.  But at least my shoes have little gold studs just like the inspiration photo shoes seem to.

I feel like I say this every Monday, but you really don’t need the exact same items in a photo to be inspired to recreate it.  Use what you have!

P.S.  Please come back tomorrow!  We’ll be getting all interactive up in here and we’re celebrating someone’s first birthday!



25 replies on “Inspiration Monday – The Printed Shirt

  1. kelsey

    I swear you and I have been outfit twinzies lately! I’m wearing a similar shirt-but it’s just red without the polka dots. Hmm I never thought to put the same color over the same color like that. I like it!

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      I actually got the idea to put the red cardigan over this top from The Limited’s website. They had a red blazer over this same top and I thought it looked really nice.

  2. Melissa

    Ooo…I love those shirts from The Limited! (Especially the blue medallion) I have one of the solid ones from this fall (looks to be same/similar styling) and it’s so comfortable AND flattering.

  3. kilax

    Ooo, I love the Limited shirts too! I tend to shy away from button-downs, because I didn’t realize they could be so fun. I should try some more out. I don’t need new clothes either though.

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      Since you don’t have to go into the office very much right now it doesn’t really make sense for you to buy office clothes. Which is sad for me because I enjoy enabling people to buy cute things 🙂

  4. Bethany @ Accidental Intentions

    Nice work being creative with your closet to fit the inspiration! I think that’s really part of the point of being inspired anyway. The outfit gave you direction, but you made it your own with what you had and come up with something similar but not identical, which really seems more like copying than inspiration to me (not that copying someone’s outfit is a bad thing necessarily…just maybe different than being inspired by it).

  5. Kandi

    I like the red on red.
    I don’t own a lot of patterned pieces (it’s a work in process) but I am actually wearing one today. I am also sporting a cardigan and black pants.

  6. Emily

    Love the red!!! Such a good color on you!

    I noticed you are wearing nude shoes, too. Can you do a post sometime about guidelines for how to wear them, please? My first-ever pair of nude pumps are enroute to me in the mail right now. =)

  7. Anne

    I love the red on red so much! And I wish I hadn’t seen the Kohl’s version of that top… I was just shopping for running jackets on their site, and it’d be terrible if that polka dot shirt found its way into my cart 🙂

  8. Katie of Alaskan Weredork

    This pair of nude flats is my very favorite of your shoes, the studs give them such a polished rocker look. (Well, I’m not sure polished rocker is a thing, but if there was, these shoes would be it.) I have to echo Kelsey as well, I never thought to pair a similar colored shirt/cardigan over another shirt like that, it’s quite striking! I need to go to my closet and see if I have any shirt/cardigan pairing I could try that with.

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      I wanted a pair of nude pointed flats for so long and I’m glad I held out for this pair. The gold studs do give them a bit of spunk that a plain pair wouldn’t have.

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  10. Lindsay

    I went to try on those tops at The Limited and they are incredibly see-thru! What would you wear under it? I didn’t buy one because of the see-thru-ness and they only had a size medium in stock.

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