Are Those Stripes or Just Heat Shimmers?

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

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Shirt – Old Navy (similar) | Skirt – Nordstrom Rack (similar) | Shoes – Nine West (similar) | Necklace NY & Co (similar) | Earrings – House of Gemmes (similar) | Belt – The Limited (similar)


Welcome to day four of the “I wish I could go to work in my swimsuit” portion of our summer. Sadly, as I lament every year, this is frowned upon unless you work at a beach or a pool. So, instead, I’m wearing all cotton because I hear this helps somehow with the heat. Actually, I’m wearing this top because today is Third Thursday Threads over at Work Clothes, I Suppose and the theme is Stripes. Since my striped tank top is in the laundry I had to wear this striped tee since all my other striped items are long sleeved. And there is NO WAY I’m wearing long sleeves today. Nope, no can do.

The hardest part was figuring out what to pair with this top. In the end, I went with a simple black and white combo with some pattern mixing. I like to think that the horizontal stripes of the shirt contrast nicely with the vertical pattern on the skirt. If it really just look like I grabbed two black and white items out of my closet, well, I’ll blame it on heat stroke. Although, the more I wear this outfit the more I like it. Hey, just another fun way to wear patterned black and white skirts! Pair them with a black and white striped tops!

P.S. 5 5Ks in 5 Days is going swimmingly although it means my evenings basically consist of running and recovering. Anyway, tonight is #4 and if you want you can follow me on Twitter with the hashtag #5Ks5Days.

P.P.S  I’m over on Chippmunk talking about the great deals I get from The Limited and I would love it if you voted for me! Not only is it awesome blog exposure for me but there’s chance I could win a $100 gift card. And you know I’d pick The Limited and show you how to get the most for $100! Just click on the “Love it” button. And, yes, you can vote once a day!

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13 replies on “Are Those Stripes or Just Heat Shimmers?

  1. Brynn

    I really like this, Erin! I think the belt is what makes this outfit work super well – it separates the two patterns and grounds everything. We’re having a wicked heat wave here, too, and all I want to wear are dresses!! (<– my new URL!)

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      I agree with the comment about the belt helping to break up the two patterns.

      Also, I just looked back over your 30×30 challenge so far and I can’t believe the awesome outfits you’ve made! I would have never know you were doing a 30×30 because every outfit looks so fresh and new!

      1. Brynn

        Thanks Erin! I’m really enjoying the challenge, and am trying so hard not to look like I’m repeating outfits 🙂 It’s been so much fun!!

  2. Miranda

    I love this look Erin! I’m not a big pattern mixer myself, but this is definitely something I’d love to try out. Black and white is just so classic!

    I voted for you too! Good luck!

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