Polka Dot Sweater? I Hardly Know Her!

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

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Blazer – The Limited (similar under $20) | Sweater – Old Navy (similar under $30) | Collared Shirt – TJ Maxx (similar under $30) | Pants – Ann Taylor (similar under $30) | Booties – Liz Claiborne via DSW (similar) | Necklace – Macy’s (similar under $30)

Today’s Inspiration Monday photo should have been easy.  Skinny pants and a polka dot sweater?  Polka dot sweaters have been everywhere this past season so of course I have one in my closet.

Inspiration Photo Source

 Of course, Hilary Duff’s is ADORABLE while mine required a bit of finagling.  See, mine is actually short sleeved. So in order to give it some more interest under the blazer I added the collared button-up white shirt. I like that the sweater gives is a slightly casual vibe while the button-up and the blazer make it definitely office appropriate. And I incorporated the black and gray color scheme which promptly drove my photograph-taking husband nuts. “Can’t you wear something with color? Now we need to find a colorful background!” Mission? Accomplished.

Do you own a polka dot sweater? Don’t you love the one in the inspiration photo?

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P.S. If you bought all the items linked to above (minus the shoes), your total outfit cost would be $122.41 (excluding tax and shipping). And the blazer, black pants, and collared shirt would become closet staples so you’d definitely get your money’s worth!

  

31 replies on “Polka Dot Sweater? I Hardly Know Her!

  1. kelsey

    you look ADORBS! I love it!

    I’ve been dying to find a polka dot sweater! For some reason all the ones I find are square and boxy.

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  2. kilax

    I do love the colorful background! And the outfit too :)

    I think I like the inspiration sweater, but it makes her look a bit frumpy! Guess I don’t dig the half pulled out shirt and that she has her sleeves down over her hands.

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    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      Oh yeah, the way Hilary is wearing the sweater is frumptastic but the sweater itself is so cute. I love the two different colored polka dots and the fact that they are more abstractly placed over the sweater.

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  3. Anne

    Hahaha, I love the title!

    I’m with your husband, in that I need to have some color, but I’d put it in my outfits (though the red background is a nice touch!). And I’m pretty sure I’ve left this exact comment before. When will I ever get on board with all neutrals? Anyway. I love the fun, yet business-like feel of this outfit! And I always love a polka dot – whenever I get around to this week’s outfit post, it’ll be polka dotted :)

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    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      The crazy thing is, I HAVE color in my closet, I just seem to be in a neutrals rut for the past few weeks. Maybe my goal next week will be to wear colorful outfits!

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      1. Anne

        I should clarify – I do think it’s a really good, sharp look! I just don’t do it myself very often. I guess I got the idea of “pops of color” ingrained in my mind at some point.

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  4. Brynn

    What a great sweater, Erin! I love how you thought outside the box to make it winter-weather appropriate :) I never would have thought to wear it over the white shirt and under a blazer! Genius. :)

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  5. Katie of Alaskan Weredork

    Well, you know how much I love neutral colors, so this outfit is a total win. (Gray on gray is the best!) I think this is another time when I like your outfit more than the inspiration outfit, Hillary’s sweater and boots are adorable but I’m not so sure about the pulled out tee underneath. (But I think her kid is still pretty young so I guess I can forgive wardrobe malfunctions, it was probably adorable before she left the house! And yeah, it feels completely weird to think of Hillary Duff being old enough to have a kiddo now.)
    Oh dear, I’m random today. I mean to say that I like the softness of the gray blazer over the gray polka dotted sweater, it’s a pairing I’ll have to try!

    Hahha, your poor husband, all he wants is some color in the picture!

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    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      I agree that Hilary’s outfit is WAY too casual, but the sweater is so cute! Of course, I’d wear it with a collared shirt underneath (or at least tuck in my undershirt!)

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