Nude and Neutrals

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Cream boucle jacket with striped shirt, black skinny jeans, and sandals against the Chicago skyline


Jacket – Forever 21 (similar) | Shirt – Old Navy (similar) | Jeans – The Limited (similar) | Sandals – Unisa via (similar) | Necklace – The Limited (similar)

Would you believe I haven’t worked a Friday in two weeks? No wonder I was struggling with someone to wear when I was picking out my outfit for this week’s Casual Friday. Take two Fridays off and you can’t remember how to dress yourself. Thank goodness I could resort to my Friday uniform of a striped shirt, jeans, and a jacket.  Keeping everything in a neutral color pattern sure helps as well.

I also apparently forget to check the weather. When I put this outfit together and took pictures my brain was still stuck on the nice warm weather Chicago had this weekend and earlier this week. Hence the sandals and the photo sans jacket.

Striped shirt with black skinny jeans and sandals in front of the Chicago skyline


Hahaha, that’s funny. Today I will not be removing my jacket and I’ll be swapping out my sandals for my nude heels. Even though this outfit is inspired by Stripes and Sequins she is apparently more hardcore than me to be wearing sandals when it’s still a tad bit chilly. Also, I totally could have swapped my current purse for my previous red one and included that bit of color. But I’m lazy and hate swapping purses. Just when I remember where I put everything in my current purse, why would I switch to another one and have to relearn where things are??

Am I the only one who prefers to wear closed toe shoes until it gets warmer? Do you have more than one purse?

23 replies on “Nude and Neutrals

  1. Jamie

    I hate changing purses, so I got a Miche (you change the outside cover to the match and the inside stays the same). I have some of the company brand covers, but also a few homespun ones too, so whatever I’m wearing, my purse matches. (I don’t work for them, btw… I just love the product.)

  2. kilax

    What a beautiful day… that you took this picture on 😉

    I have been wearing my flip flops around since it got warm a few weeks ago. But not in to the office, obviously 😉 And I only use that purse you got me… when I do carry one… 🙂

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      I think the only time I’ve worn flip flops recently was the evening after my marathon. Apparently I haven’t been really leaving the house on the days when it’s been warm!

  3. Anne

    Haha, remember when it was nice and warm out yesterday? Sigh, me too. This is more or less my casual work uniform except, of course, I’d have a cardigan instead of a blazer.

    I have more than one purse, but they’re either for different seasons (like I have a pale yellow leather one that’s exclusively spring/summer) or completely different purposes (everyday v. clutch for special occasions). I hate swapping them out though, I always forget something! But that said, a red purse would look really cute with this outfit.

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      I do have some “special occasion” purses that I occasionally break out. One of them is a cross-body purse that I prefer to use at festivals, etc. I’ve been looking for an everyday cross-body purse, too, but haven’t found one yet!

  4. Bethany @ Accidental Intentions

    Bummer that it’s so March-y today, because those sandals are really cute. Maybe someday it will get warm and stay warm? Or at least sandal warm…it doesn’t need to get *too* warm!

    I have an absolutely absurd number of purses/bags…like eight that I can think of off the top of my head, but I’m sure I have more. It’s an absurd number because you know how many of those I use? One. Very, very occasionally I’ll use another one, but I pretty much exclusively always use the same small brown crossbody all the time. The worst part is even though I have all those purses, I STILL always feel like I don’t have the exact right purse. This is also the case with shoes (and I have significantly more than seven pairs of shoes haha. I imagine it’s much closer to seven times seven 😉 ).

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      I, too, have a ridiculous number of shoes but almost always wear the same few pairs. But I feel silly getting rid of the others because I just never know when I *might* need a pair of hot pink heeled sandals!

  5. Dee!

    Love the outfit. As for switching purses, I am with all of you, it is a bummer. Like setting up housekeeping every time you switch. I have found that B. Makowsky has kept the inside of his bags identical, and just changes the leather and colors. Makes it so much easier to switch…………I also like the idea of the same bag, but putting on a different outside cover. Very clever!

  6. Mica

    It has been really cold this weekend, and I packed up and stored/shipped all my heels. Soooo I graduated with strappy rose gold (purchased on your recommendation!) sandals, and man, that was a poor decision. It was too chilly down here for open-toed shoes/sandals. I guess you’ve had the same weather too. Just looking at the t-shirt (sans jacket) photo made me chilly!

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      Ahh, Midwest weather. Today I’m freezing and tomorrow it’s going to be in the 80s. I guess this is why I’ve never understood the whole “pack up your winter wardrobe for the season” thing that people do. You just never know!! Hopefully you kept out a few pairs of cooler weather shoes (even if they aren’t heels).

  7. Katie of Alaskan Weredork

    I hear you on the closed toe shoes thing, it really bugs me to wear them if its still cold but then it’d no fun only having a few month to wear cute shoes. (Heh, maybe I should just not buy open toed shoes then.) I think these sandals really make the outfit thought, they look so sassy with the black pants and the striped shirt!

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      I suppose I do sit in an office all day so I’m not outside more than 30 minutes at a time. But waiting for the train with exposed toes can make for a miserable commute!

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