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Yes. Seriously.

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Chicago style blogger Loop Looks wears a pink blazer with black and white

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Blazer – H&M (similar) | Shirt – The Limited (similar) | Pants – Ann Taylor (similar) | Shoes – Nine West (similar) | Earrings – Bauble Bar (similar) | Necklace – New York jewelry store (similar)

Sometimes an outfit is a no-brainer. Sometimes you see pink and black and know exactly what you’re going to wear.

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Actually, in this case I didn’t have a pink and black polka dot top. Yes. Seriously. So I went with just a patterned black and white top. I have five of those. Yes. Seriously.

I might have a black and white patterned top problem.

You know what else I have a problem with? These shoes! They are completely falling apart. I may be the only person I know who can wear a pair of shoes until they literally fall apart. For example, in college I had this pair of platform boots (similar to these but with a side zipper instead of laces). I bought them in Finland on vacation and wore them basically every day until the platform on one actually split across the middle. And then I wore them for awhile after that. Yes. Seriously.

Am I the only person who does this??

Chicago style blogger Loop Looks wears a pink blazer with black and white

22 replies on “Yes. Seriously.

  1. Kandi

    I love this outfit!
    I have a pair of black flats with a buckle that look similar to the shoes you are wearing and I’m worried they are going to start falling apart soon. 🙁 I’ve definitely worn out shoes (and sometimes keep wearing them when they are dying) and it’s so sad when they are favorites.

  2. kilax

    I wore the boots I bought last year until they fell apart. And the year before. But I think that is because they weren’t very high quality. 🙂 And since I don’t care for dress shoes I wear those until they break, as well. Ha ha. Ugh. I have a lot of dress shoes I just want to get rid of, since I never wear them!

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      Yeah, if you have no need for dress shoes no reason to take up space with them!

      I think even if shoes are of high quality you can still wear them into the group. My most expensive pair of shoes needs to get the heel tips replaced about once a year.

  3. Inger

    You are seriously funny! I too have worn my favorite shoes until they die. It’s amazing how long a good quality pair of shoes will last! Usually helps me justify the bigger investment up front.
    Thanks for you blog Erin, really enjoy it and you have inspired me to kick it up a bit with the accessories. You do a great job.
    Inger from California

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      Thanks for the lovely compliment! I’m glad you’re enjoying the blog.

      I agree that more expensive shoes tend to last longer, but I’ve also had some under $100 ones last me a long time, too. You just never know!

  4. Maggie

    I think I am now up to … 5 black & white striped tops. v-neck sweater, cowl-neck half sleeve, short sleeve tee, v-neck cardi, short sleeve diagonal stripe (last one thanks to the swap). Plus, I have an off-white & black dotted top. I think that might be it.

    I had a great pair of black patent heels that I wore until the heel wore down so much that the metal part was sticking out. I couldn’t stand the sound/feeling of the metal part hitting the ground with each step. I probably could have gotten that fixed at a shoe repair shop, but I was lazy and they weren’t that expensive to begin with. Plus I’m more into wedge heels now.

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      I get the heel tips replaced on my shoes about once every two years. If the shoes fit well and are in good shape otherwise I justify the like $8 or $10 because it’s easier than finding another pair that I like as much. Even if I didn’t pay that much for the shoes to begin with.

      1. Maggie

        Good to know. I should have done that with those shoes. There were a good pair. So comfortable and I felt like they were cute but classic (patent, round toe, tiny bow). Oh well.

        1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

          The most difficult part is finding somewhere to do it. When we lived in Forest Park the dry cleaner across the street did it. But after we moved I Googled and Yelped for awhile before I decided to take mine to the Shoe Hospital on Dearborn just south of Jackson. They did nice work on my most recent three pairs.

  5. Bethany @ Accidental Intentions

    Oh, goodness, my shoes have to be nearly unwearable for me to get rid of them. I do that with a lot of clothes in general, too. I think it’s because I feel really weird about throwing “things” away. Scraps, trash, junk like that, sure, but clothes just don’t seem like something you’re supposed to put in the trash to me.

  6. Valerie

    I love me some black and pink! 🙂 Funny you should mention shoes…I just had to throw away some Target wedges…the wedge part was worn off– kinda embarassing that I continued to wear them for about 6 months longer than I should have- whoops!

  7. Katie of Alaskan Weredork

    I have a pair of Madden Girl boots that now have a hole in the toe and even though I finally replaced them, they’re still sitting in my closet. (I think this is an early sign of hoarding. That should scare me enough into finally throwing them away!) I think you do just get attached to a pair of shoes and for some reason, it’s hard to part with them.

  8. Bri Marie

    Love this! I just bought my first black and white patterned top, and I’m so confused as to why I didn’t have one before. And omg on the shoes – I did that with my red flats (and still haven’t found a good replacement) and so I know A LITTLE BIT of what you’re saying 🙂

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      At the end of spring I’m going to take my brown riding boots to the Shoe Hospital (yes, it’s really called that) and have them fix them up. I’ll pay whatever they charge! The soles are getting totally trashed.

  9. Alyssa

    I have a problem with throwing anything away! I really get a lot of satisfaction of using every last drop of something like a facewash bottle!

    My pair of tall brown boots is getting really worn. The soles are getting so thin. I love them but the rest of the boot isn’t really in that great of shape either so I don’t think it’s worth getting them fixed. Maybe I’ll be able to find a really good pair cheap since winter is over!

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