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Mutually Inspired Series Day 3: The Striped Blazer

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

White collared shirt, magenta tank top, gray pencil skirt, striped blazer

White collared shirt, magenta tank top, gray pencil skirt, striped blazer

Blazer – Express (similar) | Tank – Banana Republic Outlet (similar) | White shirt – The Limited (similar) | Skirt – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Gabriella Rocha via 6pm.com (similar) | Necklace – JF&A Show (similar)

Did you know that my very first You Pick Wednesday post was helping Jen figure out fun ways to wear her striped blazer? She’s gone on to create some fun outfits with hers so I thought I would give a nod to history for today’s Mutually Inspired Series post and showcase a way that she created to wear her striped blazer.

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I kept the same silhouette with the pencil skirt and blazer and also stuck to the same color palate with gray and magenta. At first I was struggling a bit to figure out how I was going to recreate this outfit because while I have similarly colored tops I didn’t know how to make any of them work. But then it struck me: wear a tank top over a collared shirt! So, that’s what I did.

White collared shirt, magenta tank top, gray pencil skirt, striped blazer

Yes, this is a tank-top that has almost gone to the donation pile a few times.  In this case, though, I’m glad I held into it because it was fun to give it new life as a vest!  Sure, I could have worn the tank top by itself but I thought that layering it over the white shirt gave it more visual interest and dressed it up a bit more just like Jen did by adding that little bit of white to her original outfit.

What do you think? Would you ever turn a tank top into a vest?

White collared shirt, magenta tank top, gray pencil skirt, striped blazer

13 replies on “Mutually Inspired Series Day 3: The Striped Blazer

  1. Bethany @ Accidental Intentions

    I really like the tank top over the shirt look. Granted, I’m only seeing a picture and not the outfit in real life, but until you said it was a tank top I figured it was more of a sweater vest. I think the tank top makes it so you can pull off a somewhat “seasonal” look (since it’s still chilly, so I think dressing to look warm is still allowed) without a lot of extra bulk.

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      This particular tank top is a thicker jersey material and smooth (not ribbed) so I think it works well over another shirt. Although this is the first time I’ve tried it I think I’ll be trying it again with other tank tops I have!

  2. Emily

    I’ve never thought about layering a tank top over a shirt, but what a fantastic idea! I’ve got a ton of tank tops at home that have also been strong considerations for the donation bin, so now I am inspired to go experiment with them this way. Woo hoo!

  3. Kandi

    Love this! I would never have thought to wear a tank top over a collared shirt. I need to really start getting more adventurous with the few collared shirts I own.

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      I don’t love wearing mine with just pants because I feel too much like I’m in a uniform or something. I much prefer to layer the solid colored ones with something.

  4. Katie of Alaskan Weredork

    I’ve been enjoying this series so much, I think it’s quite funny that this has come back around with the blazer being from your first Wednesday series. And again, I’ll have to take more inspiration from you guys, I have a blazer like this and I always end up pattern mixing with it, I never really thought that much about pair it with solid colors. I love it with the gray and maroon.

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