Summer Greens

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer · Style Imitating Art

Green button up blouse with cream lace pants and nude flats

 Gold green beaded teardrop earringsNude studded bow flats from Sole Society

Cream lace pants from The Limited


Top – Ann Taylor Outlet (similar) | Pants – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Sole Society (similar) | Necklace – The Limited (same) | Bracelet – Gorjana (same) | Earrings – Stitch Fix (similar)

Before I start talking about all the things that inspired today’s outfit, I have two things to share with you!

1. I’m guest posting at Work Clothes, I Suppose today while Bri is on an Alaskan cruise! The post? How to deal with a vague office dress code. I know more than one of you can relate to this.

2. It’s the last day to vote for me for the Expert Shopper contest over at Chippmunk. Remember you can vote again even if you’ve already voted! I think I’m in the top 5 but I’d really love to solidify my spot so I can win the gift card and show you how to make the most of your money at The Limited. Maybe I’ll even buy a little something for a giveaway. What do you think?

Now, on to why I’m wearing lace pants with a button up shirt and my nude studded bow flats.

So, today’s Trend Spin theme is bows. Other than my tie neck top, I’m pretty sure I don’t own any clothing with bows. However, I DO own shoes with bows on them. Such as these nude flats. Bam. Bows.

As for the color scheme in today’s outfit? That was inspired by series that my friend Jen from Librarian for Life & Style has been participating in for awhile from 14 Shades of Gray called Style Imitating Art. Each week she posts a painting that you can use to inspire your outfit. It’s such a unique spin on the typical outfit inspiration idea that I decided it would be fun to participate. And this week’s painting is “Woman of Substance” by Mexican artist Octavio Ocampo.

I immediately thought of my lace pants with the creams and tans and decided to pair it with my green button up shirt and gold jewelry. I’ve actually never worn this shirt with anything other than a black pencil skirt and I’m still not sure how I feel about it with these pants. But I wouldn’t have put the two things together on my own if it wasn’t for using this painting as an inspiration. And this is why I love using images that already exist to get ideas!

What do you think of the idea of using a painting as an outfit inspiration?

13 replies on “Summer Greens

  1. Bethany @ Accidental Intentions

    What a cool idea! Since I usually use the forecast as inspiration for my outfit, I always like seeing how you use other people’s outfits to inspire your own, and I think this really takes things to an even more creative level. You really picked up well on the colors and I’m very impressed by this whole concept.

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      I thought it would be really difficult to use a painting to inspire an outfit but when I looked at this one I immediately knew what to wear! I’m looking forward to trying it again.

  2. Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style

    I saw the first photo and went, “Oooh, is Erin participating in SIA this week?” YAY!!! Nice job combining style challenges, along with the bows. Blamo, so efficient. And adorable. And office-appropriate. 😀

    And BTW, the SIA challenge switches each week between Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey and Jess @ Animated Cardigan. (And Jess is another librarian!) They both curate the art inspiration. It took me awhile to get on the right schedule, as it’s done by email submission instead of by regular link-up.

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      You’ll just have to keep posting reminders on Facebook of which one is hosting! That’s the impetus I had to try it this week. And that’s great that you immediately recognized that I was using that painting from my photo.

  3. Emily

    I am all about inspiration in nontraditional ways so I love how you got inspired by that painting! Green/white/gold is one of my favorite color combos, too!

  4. Brynn

    I still love those pants – and I actually really like how they look with your green top. Really cute, really feminine without being over the top girly 🙂 (<– my new URL!)

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